If you’re reading this then you may have recently been stunned with excitement to hear that John Green has announced his long-awaited next novel, Turtles All the Way Down, which hits shelves on October 10th (yes, THIS October 10th). We know you’re looking for some books to tide you over until then, and assuming you’ve already read the rest of John Green’s impressive oeuvre (if not, what are you doing), here are 10 books to enjoy in the meantime!
This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl, Lori Earl, & Wayne Earl
If you know the inspiration behind The Fault in Our Stars then you likely know of the powerful and emotional story of Esther Grace Earl. This is her life, told through a collection of her journals, fiction, letters, and sketches. Though she died tragically at age 16 her legacy lives on, not only through the nonprofit organization her parents formed in her memory, but also through her impact on Vlogbrothers, her personal internet following, and Nerdfighters everywhere.
Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel
Juniper Lemon records her happiness on index cards, but when one card goes missing (the one with her deepest darkest secret written on it) her search will take her on a deeper hunt for answers, especially when she finds a secret letter from her recently deceased sister addressed to a mysterious “you”. Determined to return the letter, Juni embarks on a journey that may take her to places she never expected. If you love the mystery and friendships from Paper Towns, this is the perfect book for you!
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
John Green is also part of the iconic literary duo (with David Levithan) behind this much-loved story. Two boys named Will Grayson unexpectedly find each other on a blustery Chicago night, and they couldn’t be more different. But perhaps with a little help from one another they might find themselves going in very new and unexpected directions. Plus, it ends in a musical. What more could you want!?
Kids of Appetite by David Arnold
Told in beautiful prose that will stick with you, this beautiful tale of forgiveness and friendship follows Vic and Mad, two kids feeling forgotten by the world. Mad has run away from an abusive home, while Vic tries to deal with his father’s death from cancer and his own affliction with Moebius Syndrome which leaves his face paralyzed. Half mystery, half coming-of-age novel, this is a book you won’t soon forget.
You in Five Acts by Una LaMarche
Five friends at a performing arts school in New York City have the same dream of stardom and feel the same pressure of second-semester senior year. Realizing their time together is growing short, they scramble to make realities of their romantic aspirations while reminiscing on their friendship before absolute tragedy strikes, changing everything forever.
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
This is another book you’ll be quoting before you even finish, told over the course of three days, at a bleak north eastern college campus abandoned for winter break. Marin’s story is one of tragedy and grief – and is also one she’d like very much to forget. But when her friend comes to visit, Marin can no longer ignore her old life and must confront the loneliness she has been holding in for so long.
And We’re Off by Dana Schwartz
Seventeen-year-old Nora Holmes has been an artist for as long as she can remember. She inherited the skill from her grandfather, who offers Nora the chance of a lifetime: an all-expenses paid summer trip to Europe to see and create beautiful art. Her mother Alice seems less than thrilled, and when she decides last minute to join Nora on her trip, Nora’s dreams of a perfect summer abroad are shattered. Perfect for fans of Gilmore Girls and all things fandom, this is the best summer road trip book since An Abundance of Katherines!
The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu
History since 2001 has unfolded a little differently in this Brooklyn neighborhood, where a group of girls from Devonairre Street dominate the scene with their strange customs and unique styles. They are Lorna-Isla-Delilah-Charlotte-Cruz. They wear their hair long and keys around their necks, and people say that any boy they love is certain to die. When such a fate rolls around to the beloved Jack, the curse suddenly is more real to the the girls than ever before, and their futures start to look grim as they deal with love and grief and the intersection of both.
Let It Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson
Another literary collaboration to be reckoned with, Let It Snow can be enjoyed even if there is not a single sign of winter outside your window. A Christmas Eve storm makes for a cold and wet hike from a snow-stuck train through the middle of nowhere, a trip to a Waffle House filled with stranded cheerleaders, and teacup pig-related tension between friends, among other things. Romance and hilarity ensue.
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