…then you may love the titles on Eric’s list below (originally published on Shelftalk, our blog for adults). Also, you’re probably aware that the movie is opening TONIGHT! We really want to know what y’all think about the movie…or the book. Drop us a line in the Comments or write us as much as you want…raving or venting, we want to know!
John Green’s popular and acclaimed novel The Fault in Our Stars gets the big screen treatment this week! Here are some books that form a complementary reading constellation.
Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon
On the surface this story of cancer-stricken teens seems very similar to Green’s novel, but this humorous, moving story stands on its own. The snarky narrator Richard doesn’t have long to live, but is making the most of his remaining days in the hospice wing with Sylvie, another teen awaiting the same fate.
The Summer I Found You by Jolene B. Perry
After returning from Afghanistan with a disability, former soldier Aiden finds support in Kate, a high school senior recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Though this novel lacks the terminal illness present in the previous two titles, it explores the reality of disabilities and the unique challenges they can present in both planning for the future and falling in love.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
For fans of the star-crossed romance element in Green’s novel, Perkins’ story of an American teenage girl finding unexpected love in a Paris school should hit the spot. This is a light, lovely story in the lovely City of Light.
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
If you like that many of John Green’s plots involve the characters taking a transformative trip, check out Matson’s cross-country summer love story. Guilt-stricken after a car-accident claimed her father’s life, Amy gets on the road to healing with Roger, who is enlisted by Amy’s mother to get Amy safely to Connecticut from California.
This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl
John Green dedicated his book to the late Esther Earl, who passed away in 2010. This collection of various stories and journal entries chronicles her short but extraordinary life.