John Green: Bringing the tears out of readers everywhere

“It’s going to hurt. It’s going to hurt because it matters.”

These words were spoken by the one young adult fiction writer who has impacted my life the most: John Green.

Last spring, after a bumpy road of trying (and failing) to order a book from Amazon, I finally managed to get my hands on a copy of Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. And was it ever worth the wait. The novel tells the love story of two cancer patients, Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters, and their trials through illness. But it is so much more than a teen romance novel. It is a masterpiece that has changed the way I think about the world. The writing is so perfect and the characters so complex that I have read and reread it and still learn something new each time. Words cannot describe how beautiful this novel is. And I don’t want to spoil too much. But let me warn you, should you make the right decision and read it: You will cry. A lot. But that’s okay.  After all, in the words of Mr. Green himself, it hurts because it matters.

So, naturally, after finishing and completely obsessing over TFIOS, I looked Green up on the internet, and found out that not only is he a writer, but also a YouTuber.  Each week, John and his brother Hank make brilliant videos directed at each other, almost like a blog. The Vlogbrothers channel, as it is called, offers videos with unique perspectives on topics ranging from the conflict in Syria to current pop music. John and Hank also facilitate channels such as CrashCourse, where Chemistry and AP U.S. History students can go for help, Mental Floss, a channel of useless but interesting facts, and hankgames, in which the viewer can watch Hank and his wife play Super Mario Brothers, or John play Fifa, if you’re into that kind of thing. The brothers are also avid philanthropists, and are just brilliant human beings in general.

If you haven’t yet made the acquaintance of John Green, either through reading his novels or watching him on YouTube, I highly recommend you do so. Through something as seemingly simple as a 313 page novel, my outlook on life altered significantly. It’s the people like Hank and John Green that restore my faith in humanity.

Green reads The Fault in our Stars aloud at the Indian Springs School, where he graduated from. A movie based on the novel is currently being filmed  and stars Ansel Elgort as Augustus and Shailene Woodley as Hazel.

Green reads The Fault in our Stars aloud at the Indian Springs School, where he graduated from. A movie based on the novel is currently being filmed and stars Ansel Elgort as Augustus and Shailene Woodley as Hazel.

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