Ok, Ok, Ok. So I'm a little late to the John Green bandwagon. Over the years, countless people have told me, "You should read Looking for Alaska," And "Pick up An Abundance of Katherines RIGHT NOW."

Of course, I finally did and MAN! Why...why...WHY don't I listen to people more often??

However late, I love having a new favorite author and get to experience the ensuing goo-goo eyes, vacant stares, and binge reading. I won't bore you discussing what you already know about Alaska or Katherines. Things like how I don't care about the plots since just listening to the characters talk can be the best part of my day. Or how there ends up being a fantastic plot anyhow. Or how Green nails the mix of boyhood and manhood. The flip-flop between playfulness and seriousness. The balance of lust and longing for love. 

Nope, not going to say any of that. All I'm going to say is: Go read Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines. AGAIN!

From the author's website:

Looking for Alaska
Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words–and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

An Abundance of Katherines 

When it comes to relationships, everyone has a type. Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. He has dated–and been dumped by–19 Katherines. In the wake of The K-19 Debacle, Colin–an anagram-obsessed washed-up child prodigy–heads out on a road trip with his overweight, Judge Judy- loving friend Hassan. With 10,000 dollars in his pocket and a feral hog on his trail, Colin is on a mission to prove a mathematical theorem he hopes will predict the future of any relationship (and conceivably win the girl).An Abundance of Katherines was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Honor book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. It was also named one of the books of the year byBooklistHorn Book, and Kirkus.


I want to read these both, Bret. I'm late to the table, too!

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