Looking for Alaska was the first book I read by John Green. I enjoy how Green depicts Teens as being more than shallow and padantic, conserened with looks and what the rest of the world is doing and wearing humans. The three main characters are richly developed and have deep problems, not the whole so and so does not like me, or i am not part of the popular crowd, that so many young adult writers adhere to. Teens are seen as complex humans with a complex world. I throughly appreciate the way Green develops the idea that teens have problems, but they do not need adults to fix them. Teens are more than capable of handling them on their own. Death is present as is sex, alcohol and drugs and there is never a problem or issue that the teens dabble in these "vices". i like this
Personally, I found Looking for Alaska to be a better read, but this book I liked because it is different from anything I have read before. The main character Colin Singleton has this thing for girls named Katherine and thus far in his life has dated 19 of them. After the 19th Katherine dumps him Colin and his best friend go for a road trip, because...well Colin has been dumped and feels as if he is a washedup child prodigy, all by the tender age of 18 geeze. THe best part, his best friend is obsessed with Judge Judy. i find this hilarious. 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. i won't givea away any more of the book, but i will say a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke franz ferdinand decided the town in which colin and his best friend will spend the summer.
When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night-dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge-he follows her. Margo's always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she's always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they're for Q.