Add Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns to your summer reading list

By Katherine Foreman
Updated June 12, 2014 10:00 AM
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After a nearly $50 million opening weekend grossing twice as many used tissues and broken hearts, the box-office success of John Green‘s book-turned-movie The Fault in Our Stars has left millions with one question: So, what’s next?

Having read Green’s most popular novel and hung on every word of the big-screen experience, fans are looking for a new fix to curb their appetites.

Despite being a recently popular addition to the world of young adult literature, Green’s acclaimed repertoire of fictional best sellers doesn’t stop with the tragic conclusion of Hazel and Augustus’ love story.

Here is a list of four other New York Times best-selling must-reads by Green – one of which is even rumored to be on the upcoming silver screen lineup.

1. Looking for Alaska

One of Green’s earliest novels, the book was written after the 9/11 tragedy and was inspired, in part, by Green’s obsession with last words – he can even list the last words of every American president.

The story follows Miles Halter, a sheltered boarding-school student looking for the mystical “Great Perhaps” referred to by dying poet Francois Rabelais. Along the way, he meets Alaska, a witty, beautiful and troubled girl who draws him in and propels him along his journey toward the unknown. This novel won multiple awards, including the 2006 Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults and the Teens’ Top Ten Award of the same year. It is also one of the rumored contenders for a film adaptation.

2. Paper Towns

Having emerged at No. 5 on The New York Times best-seller list and won the 2009 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery, this captivator takes its readers through the experiences of what it’s like to admire from afar, only to discover something completely unexpected, through the perspective of Quentin Jacobsen. The twists and turns of this mysterious novel will have readers flipping intently through pages and leave them hungry for Green’s next poignant prose and quirky teenager plot line.

3. An Abundance of Katherines

This hilariously relatable story of failed relationships, 19 Katherines (yes, 19 different Katherines), backwoods adventures and mathematical theorems follows Colin Singleton, a child prodigy with a brain stronger than his ability to keep a girlfriend.

After being dumped by Katherine #19, Colin takes a road trip with his overweight friend Hassan – an avid lover of Judge Judy – and sets out on a quest to create a mathematical theorem that can predict the outcome of any relationship, running into an eclectic variety of personalities and places along the way. Among various other accolades, this novel was named book of the year by Booklist, Horn Book and Kirkus.

4. Will Grayson, Will Grayson

If you’re assuming this book is about a character named Will Grayson, you’re right. This No. 3 New York Times best seller was co-authored by Boy Meets Boy young adult writer David Levithan and spotlights the star-crossed journeys of two teenage boys with the same name, building on heart-wrenching themes of romance, humor and the ups and downs of lives headed in unexpected directions. One of Green’s more experimental novels – though true to the overarching theme of the teenage love story – this book will, according to a School Library Journal starred review, “keep the readers turning pages.”