John Green’s books ranked

1 month ago


As I got around reading John Green’s Turtles all the way down, I had a thought.

Actually, the thought came around with the help of (Instagram name) link to her profile, she asked me if I have anything on John Green on my blog. I was surprised and was kind of disappointed in myself as to how I could miss on it, especially when I have read all his books, adored most of them (I love all- but then you know, I know some books where just same characters with different story and different settings- you do not deny that).

Anyway which brought me to this, this very beautiful moment where I am going to rank all his books in the order of my preference and liking.

My least favourites

List of book that couldn’t make up for one of the bests? Obviously, not all can be on top right?

An abundance of Katherines

To be honest, when I was reading it, I thought I am one of the most intelligent people on the planet.

With all the equations it had and me cracking it all!

I definitely had fun reading the book, I definitely enjoyed the storyline but when the story sunk in and I came back to my senses, i.e. out of the book world, the story felt unrealistic and just blah? You know what I mean?

I can’t find one person to look at– here a teenage boy has already dated 19 Katherines? Like it’s difficult enough to find me a guy, this one narrowed his list to just Katherines and yet had so many options.

Maybe I am just jealous. Maybe not.

“What matters to you defines your mattering.” 
― John GreenAn Abundance of Katherines

Goodreads rating that I gave 5000 years ago: 3/5 stars

What is the book about?

Katherine V thought boys were gross
Katherine X just wanted to be friends
Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail
K-19 broke his heart

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.

On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun–but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.

Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Even though I like big Will and the how easy for me it was to finish this book, I just found the story to be average.

This book was like one of that night you go out, you have a pretty good time, you enjoy yourself but 10 years down the lane you don’t remember it, not because it wasn’t great but because it didn’t stand out in front of all the other things which have left a remarkable impact on you.

“Dear Jane,

Just so you know: e. e. cummings cheated on both of his wives. With prostitutes.

Will Grayson” 
― John GreenWill Grayson, Will Grayson

One more, please.

“NO. No no no. I don’t want to screw you. I just love you. When did who you want to screw become the whole game? Since when is the person you want to screw the only person you get to love? It’s so stupid, Tiny! I mean, Jesus, who even gives a fuck about sex?! People act like it’s the most important thing humans do, but come on. How can our sentient fucking lives revolve around something slugs can do. I mean, who you want to screw and whether you screw them? Those are important questions, I guess. But they’re not that important. You know what’s important? Who would you die for? Who do you wake up at five forty-five in the morning for even though you don’t even know why he needs you? Whose drunken nose would you pick?!” 
― John GreenWill Grayson, Will Grayson

Goodreads rating that I gave 5000 years ago: 3/5 stars

What is the book about?

Will Grayson meets Will Grayson. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers are about to cross paths. From that moment on, their world will collide and lives intertwine.

It’s not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chicago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to the same surprising crossroads, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions. With a push from friends new and old – including the massive, and massively fabulous, Tiny Cooper, offensive lineman and musical theatre auteur extraordinaire – Will and Will begin building toward respective romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most awesome high school musical.

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Let it snow


This one is not particularly John Green but other authors as well.

Though this book works on the idea of films like New Year and Valentine’s day and all and it had very cheesy cute romance. It still didn’t make up for my high priority list. Maybe it is because the time I read it– I hated the world- oh wait, I hate it all the time. Still.

Nothing great about this book either yet very very very cheesy.

This one is cheesy but it’s true. 

“There is always the risk: something is good and good and good and good, and then all at once it gets awkward. All at once, she sees you looking at her, and then she doesn’t want to joke around with you anymore because she doesn’t want to seem flirty, because she doesn’t want you to think she likes you. It’s such a disaster, whenever, in the course of human relationships, someone begins to chisel away at the wall of separation between friendship and kissing. Breaking down that wall is the kind of story that might have a happy middle— oh, look, we broke down this wall, I’m going to look at you like a girl and you’re going to look at me like a boy and we’re going to play a fun game called Can I Put My Hand There What About There What About There. And sometimes that happy middle looks so great that you can convince yourself that it’s not the middle but will last forever.” 
― John GreenLet It Snow: Three Holiday Romances

Goodreads rating that I gave 5000 years ago: 2/5 stars

What is the book about?

Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicoloured lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.

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I like them

These are the ones I will be like oh yeah that was nice. I would love to read something like that.

I definitely like them more than I like my own sister. (Kidding– maybe– maybe not)

Turtles all the way down

Read my review of Turtles all the way down here:

I liked this thoroughly because the way anxiety was put out to understand, for people to read how difficult it is for one to get out of that spiral our mind has or is telling us. I would have loved this book if not for mystery line and the ending– why do you do this John Green? Please give me something that fulfils and doesn’t hang me in the middle, something I don’t have to google for closure but my own thoughts.

Goodreads rating: 3.5/5 stars

“You’re both the fire and the water that extinguishes it. You’re the narrator, the protagonist, and the sidekick. You’re the storyteller and the story told. You are somebody’s something, but you are also your you.” 
― John Green, Turtles All the Way Down

What is the book about?

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

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The fault in our stars


Now with this I know I did a mistake, I saw the film before I read the book and trust me, I got myself tissues, got myself a friend to a theatre to lean on and cry.

BUT GUESS WHAT- we only made fun of Shailene Woodley. We are heartless people- agreed.

Now because of the film, I wasn’t really able to absorb the book as much as I could have and of course you now understand the reasons.

Goodreads rating that I gave 5000 years ago: 4/5 stars

“Some people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them,” I said.

“Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That’s what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway.” 
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

What is the book about?

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

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I love them

Now coming to the books that I actually made me want to pick all those books that I have mentioned before. Yup. They made me do it.

Looking for Alaska

I cried, I smiled, I did everything for the book and that’s what a book is supposed to make you do. If you haven’t read this book yet, you should. Do it right now, and let me know what you feel, okay?  🙂

Goodreads rating that I gave 5000 years ago: 5/5 stars

“Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia. (…) You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.” 
― John Green, Looking for Alaska

What is the book about?

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .
After. Nothing is ever the same.

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Paper Towns

“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.” 
― John Green, Paper Towns

And that is just how I loved this book.

To be honest, it was just another John Green book with the same characters and story line but somehow what he wrote spoke to me and so, here it makes it to the top!!

Goodreads rating that I gave 5000 years ago: 4.5/5 stars

What is the book about?

Who is the real Margo?

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew…

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Which one is your favourite John Green book?




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