Are you missing this guy?
By now must of us have read at least one John Green book, or heard of one. A lot of you have already read all his books, multiple times. If you are one of those people you may be looking for some similar reading material. Here are some books to read to help you fill the void of John Green this summer. Not all of these books are new but they are all still amazing so keep an open mind.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story: Ned Vizzini
This is a story that follows Craig, a fifteen year old attending a very prestigious school. He has very high hopes for himself which adds an enormous amount of pressure on him to succeed. A series of events ends with him in a mental institution, where he makes new friend and finds himself. The books does very well at depicting mental issues and depression, without sugar-coating it, but refrains from being morbid. The storyline is a little intense, but the way Vizzini writes the story has you laughing throughout it’s entirety. eCampus.com has It’s Kind of a Funny Story available to purchase for $7.45.
The Probability of Miracles: Wendy Wunder
This story follows Cam, a sarcastic teenager who has spend a lot of her life in and out of hospitals. Her mom then has this idea: move them to Promise, Maine which is supposed to have miraculous powers. When they arrive, Cam finds a sort of bucket list and as she moves down the list we see her fall in love, find self-love and even start to believe that maybe miracles CAN happen. The story is not centered Cam’s illness, it is about how she copes with it and learns to enjoy her life. A feel good read that makes you smile with every chapter! iTunes has the Probability of Miracles available to download for $7.99 if you want to
Okay for Now: Gary D. Schmidt
Schmidt is a sort of western writer and this story is set in the Vietnam era so it is a little different than the other three by him. Teenage Doug moves to a new town, gets a new job and meets a new girl, Lil. Together the duo spend their free time at the public library where Doug get unofficial art lessons from the librarian. The story follows Doug as he deals with his abusive father and his brother back from the war in Vietnam. Schmidt does a good job of depicting life in a new town, as well as the incredible feat of incorporating art into the story. Knetbooks has Okay for Now available to rent for $9.25.
Perks of Being a Wallflower: Stephen Chboksy
A lot of people have seen this movie and the movie is actually pretty close to the book. Charlie is an incoming freshmen; a very quiet person without a lot of friends but he soon finds some. This is a coming of age story about a boy finding friends as place to fit in, as well as trying to deal with personal issues. This book is not as light as the others and I will admit that I cried while reading it. It is very inspirational and is a feel good read without being mushy, while also being more mature.
*Be warned that if you decide to read this one that the book goes into more detail and is much more intense than the movie and may make you feel uncomfortable at times.*
I hope that these suggestions of books to read when you’re missing John Green (sigh) help keep you occupied this summer!
Comment below if you have any feedback or more related books to suggest!