Friday, November 29, 2013

Five books for fans of "The Fault in Our Stars"

"What J.K. Rowling and Suzanne Collins started, John Green finished," writes The Barnes & Noble Book Blog's Melissa Albert: "The Fault in Our Stars made young adult readers of us all."

One book she recommends for Green's fans:
Why We Broke Up, by Daniel Handler

This tenderhearted tale of high-school lust, from the author sometimes known as Lemony Snicket, is told through the objects accrued by sensitive cinephile Min Green, a high school junior, throughout her brief, doomed relationship with senior jock Ed Slaterton. The objects—including bottle caps, a Polaroid, and a movie ticket—are depicted in drawings by Maira Kalman, and somehow capture exactly the feeling of teen love, where everything your crush object touches becomes a totem. Handler’s Min is smart, ever-so-slightly pretentious, and prone to fits of melancholy—just like, ya know, every actual teen girl reading the book. Bonus: Min’s movie love is explored through multiple references to invented films that I’m dying to see, rivaling Green’s creation, in The Fault in Our Stars, of sadly nonexistent book An Imperial Affliction. Invented pop culture FTW!
Read about the other books on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue