John Green is a recent popular name in the American young adult fiction. He is also an avid video blogger who has published numerous educational videos online.The Fault in Our Stars is considered to be his most popular book and probably the most widely read novel here in Piper’s Hill! John Michael Green was born on August 24, 1977, to Mike and Sydney Green in Indianapolis. He received his early education from Lake Highland Preparatory School and Indian Springs School. He worked as a student chaplain after graduation in a children’s hospital and the time he spent among children with terminal-illness stimulated him to become a writer. He worked as a publishing assistant and began writing numerous articles himself. His debut novel wasLooking for Alaska and was published by 2005. It is a coming-of-age romance novel about a teen Miles. The novel is inspired by Green’s time at Indian Springs. Unlike other YA writers, Green has broadened the horizon of YA novels’ subjects matter. He introduced a more philosophical approach to the issues in a teenager’s life rather than the fantasy and over the top adventure stories that dominate teenage novels. Subsequently, Green penned a second novel in 2006 titled,An Abundance of Katherines. It was another successful publication which was able to garner runner-up position for the Printz Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize’s finalist stand. His next novel published in 2008,Paper Town, was also received with the same enthusiasm as its predecessors. This novel has recently been made into a film which has been hugely successful and has introduced John Green to a whole new audience. The years to come brought Green achievement of his lifetime in the form ofThe Fault in Our Stars. It was the highest grossing novel of 2012. The novel is about a teen Hazel with a terminal lung cancer, who keeps waiting for the sword to fall. Unlike other kids she didn’t have much to aspire for until she meets Augustus who had once suffered from cancer himself. A sudden twist of fate takes them on a trip to Amsterdam and the journey changes everything for them. Green has masterfully sketched the plot in which he made certain at the beginning there is no happy-ending but there is hope. He expands the limitation of YA novel by discussing mature subject matter and trusts his teenage audience to understand and relate to what he writes.
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