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‘Fault In Our Stars’ Author to Publish New Novel This Year

turtles2ball2bthe2bway2bdown2bby2bjohn2bgreenIt’s only been two years since John Green’s popular storytelling was made famous by the movie Paper Towns. The Fault In Our Stars came out in theaters the year before. But it’s been almost six (!!!) since his last novel was released. The wait for new John Green material is finally over.

According to Entertainment Weekly, The Fault In Our Stars author is publishing a new book entitled Turtles All The Way Down, set to be released on October 10th, 2017. Like his other novels, Turtles All The Way Down is said to focus on a teenager looking for something more. The novel centers on 16-year-old Aza Holmes, who is battling mental illness and searching for a fugitive billionaire.

Publishers describe the book as a story “about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction and tuatara.”

Considering his last novel was The Fault In Our Stars and went on to become a huge international bestseller, there’s no doubt this book, too, will do well and maybe lead to another YA movie?

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Movie vs. Book: Paper Towns

Margo Roth Spiegelman is Quentin’s miracle. Margo and Quentin grew up next door to each other in Orlando, and though they were close as kids but grew apart during their teen years, Q never stopped pining after her. He had altogether given up on the prospect of them ever being close again. That is, until she sneaks into his room one night and wakes him up to accompany her on an adventure around the city.

Their overnight rendezvous consists of pranking all of Margo’s “friends,” who she’s recently learned haven’t been as good friends as she thought they were. It’s a night to right a lot of wrongs. It’s a night that Q imagines will change his relationship and future with Margo forever. Little did he know, he was right.

After that, Margo disappears. She doesn’t show up to school, and her parents haven’t given up on looking for her after all the random trips and disappearances she’s planned in the past. But Q doesn’t give up. He won’t. Now more than ever, he needs Margo and is on a mission to find her. After some of his own detective work with the help of his friends, Ben and Radar, he discovers where Margo is — a paper town, an unbuilt copyright trap of a town that doesn’t really exist, except on a map — a parallel to Margo’s fakeness. At this point, the friends — and one of Margo’s friends, Lacey, set out on a journey to find Margo.

Up until this point, Paper Towns, the film, follows Paper Towns, the novel, closely. The casting for the movie on pointe, and the teenage coming-of-age feeling of the book is captured on screen. The last act of the film is where the changes from the book set in — for instance, Radar’s girlfriend also accompanies the group on the road trip to Margo. The novel uses prom as the deadline for the road trip, as opposed to an urgency stemming from Margo moving around. But the very end is the most dissimilar.

Without giving anything away, the book’s ending is open for interpretation. It doesn’t feel final, and it’s up to the reader to decide or assume what happens next. The movie shows what happens next. The movie portrays what happens after the Margo meeting. The movie also does it in a way that only Q sees Margo again, and not the other friends. The movie explains how each of the characters winds up several months down the road. And let me tell you something — that ending is far more satisfying than that of the book.

I’m not usually a fan of a movie over the book on which it’s based. But in this case, I didn’t particularly love the book. The ending of the novel was a let-down after all I felt I’d “been through” with the characters. The movie’s ending was not. It was also more focused on friendship than chasing not-so-real love. It was more in line with what would really happy. Plus it gave me the satisfaction of knowing that everyone and everything ended up alright — better than alright. And when you’re talking about such fake things as paper towns, it was refreshing to see an ending that was real.

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Movie vs. Book: The Fault In Our Stars

Being sixteen years old isn’t easy. Even worse, being 16 and dying of cancer. But Hazel Grace Lancaster is making it work. She’s not scared of dying; she’s scared of getting too close to people, and what they’re going to do, how they’re going to live without her. She feels like a grenade, which makes it particularly difficult for her to become close to anyone. But then she meets Augustus Waters in a support group for teens with cancer, and suddenly everything changes.

Augustus, who’s in remission, sweeps her off her feet. The two bond over Hazel’s favorite book, and Augustus manages to get in touch with the author of the novel, in the hopes he’ll help Hazel learn what happens to the characters after the book ends. Augustus uses his “Make a Wish”-style wish on Hazel to give her the dream trip of her expectedly short life.

The beauty of the novel The Fault In Our Stars is that it’s a YA novel that brought teens back to reality, after years of popular young adult fiction novels revolving around vampires, wizards, deadly games, and dystopian universes. The Fault In Our Stars tells a realistic story, and though the end is viciously sad, it’s also uplifting and hopeful, emphasizing the importance of making your days count, even if you have very few.

The movie The Fault In Our Stars manages to mimic this sad, but hopeful feeling from the end of the book, and does a great job of accurately bringing the book to life. Of course, certain scenes are cut: Augustus and Hazel writing an ad to sell her childhood swing set (in the movie, the swing set is there in the beginning, and oddly, mysteriously missing from the backyard landscape at the end); Hazel shopping with one of her girlfriends at the mall; Augustus’s family; the fact that Gus has an ex-girlfriend that Hazel stalks a little bit. But none of these scenes are particularly crucial to the plot. While they may have helped to add depth to the character, they weren’t necessary and I didn’t feel as though the movie were really missing anything.

In all honesty, the most important aspects of this story are the characters and their chemistry between Hazel and Gus; luckily actress Shailene Woodley and actor Ansel Elgort play the characters wonderfully onscreen. Shailene Woodley isn’t just believable as Hazel; she is Hazel. She’s sarcastic and funny and cynical. And it’s hard to imagine any young male actor being as ridiculously charming and swoon-worthy as Ansel Elgort. Their chemistry is undeniable, making the story that much more lovable and that much more heartbreaking. If possible, I may have loved the movie as much as I loved the novel.

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Review: The Fault in Our Stars

Recap: Sixteen-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster has very few friends. She’s oddly close with her parents. She takes a few college classes instead of high school, and she loves America’s Next Top Model marathons. Also, she has cancer. Every time she attends another support group session, her mom insists that she make friends, but Hazel isn’t interested. As far as she’s concerned, she’s well on her way to dying anyway.

Everything changes when she meets fellow cancer patient Augustus. He’s sarcastic and smart and well, hot. He’s also in remission. Because Hazel is new to boys and relationships and new friendships, for that matter, she forces him to read her favorite book before accepting a date with him. Augustus reads the book — one with an open ending about a girl who has cancer. Augustus joins Hazel in her frustration with the end of the novel. Soon, a relationship is formed, as is an obsession with the novel.

Augustus uses his “Make a Wish”-style wish on Hazel. Hazel opens Augustus to world of true love, not the forced “love” he shared with his ex-girlfriend. But with two young cancer patients in love, there’s only one ending. This is not a happy story, but this is a powerful one about life, love, and how we perceive it all.

Analysis: When Hazel and Augustus meet, they’re doomed, destined for death. But they’re also lucky — able to live their lives with nothing to lose, however difficult it may seem. The Fault in Our Stars tells the story of young love between two old souls, and to reinforce their deep connection, author John Green relies on literature. 

From the beginning, the two discuss their favorite books — both entirely different genres of literature. Her favorite book is a powerful story reflective of her own, and frightening in its depressingly realistic outlook; his, a graphic novel that depicts strength, overcoming the impossible, and heroism.

But the title of this novel itself, The Fault In Our Stars, is taken from a line of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar: “The nobleman Cassius says to Brutus, ‘The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings.'” This is how the teenagers suggest it is no one’s fault but their own that they are sick and doomed. But the reference to “stars” recalls yet another Shakespearean play, Romeo and Juliet, by referencing the two as “star-crossed lovers.” Theirs is a love that is not meant to last.

But the journey Hazel and Augustus take together — emotionally, physically, and literally — shows their love goes beyond death. With realistic teenaged narration from Hazel’s point of view and frank awareness of the characters’ own destiny, Green tells a story that will make you cry, but encourage you to live your life the best way you can. After all, you only get one chance.

MVP: Augustus. Through all the pain of illness and all the sadness of death, he finds the beauty of life, and gives Hazel a reason to live hers, even when she doesn’t know that it’s worth it.

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Book Deal: Get John Green Bestselling Collection for 40% Off

For those of you who read or want to read the bestselling young adult novel The Fault In Our Stars (still on my list, by the way; I just haven’t gotten there yet), this is the Christmas gift for you. Here’s a collection of the novel along with three other modern YA novels by author John Green.

All in hardcover, the boxed set collection includes The Fault In Our Stars, award-winning Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, and the award-winning Paper Towns.

In this exclusive edition, copies of The Fault In Our Stars and Looking for Alaska are also signed by the author.

You can get the John Green Limited Edition Boxed Set for $44.98, down from $74.96

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