Do You Have a Favorite Novelist? – New York Times
John Green has written a new young adult novel, his first since Ã¢Â€ÂœThe Fault in Our StarsÃ¢Â€Â (2012), and in some ways it is very much a John Green production.
It features a small cast of tenderhearted, manically articulate teenagers. (Green does Aaron Sorkin better than Aaron Sorkin does Aaron Sorkin.) TheyÃ¢Â€Â™re irrepressible nerds. (Among the festive topics they discuss: geography, astronomy, the hermeneutics of Star Wars.) As always, one of the girls is a tornado of enthusiasm and high drama, prone to announcements like, Ã¢Â€ÂœI have a crisis,Ã¢Â€Â when really itÃ¢Â€Â™s a fun crisis sheÃ¢Â€Â™s having.
And thereÃ¢Â€Â™s loss. Death, parting, existential questions about what it all means Ã¢Â€Â” theyÃ¢Â€Â™re never far from GreenÃ¢Â€Â™s mind. People die and disappear a lot in his books, and his adolescent characters spend a lot of time channeling their inner philosophers, trying to make sense of love and suffering. Ã¢Â€ÂœThe Fault in Our Stars,Ã¢Â€Â which was simultaneously an implacable tragedy and a screwball comedy about two teenage cancer patients, was of a piece with everything Green has ever done.
There are few subjects more upsetting than young people with cancer. But GreenÃ¢Â€Â™s latest book, Ã¢Â€ÂœTurtles All the Way Down,Ã¢Â€Â is somehow far darker, not so much because of the subject matter Ã¢Â€Â” though thatÃ¢Â€Â™s dark too Ã¢Â€Â” but because of how he chooses to write about it. This novel is by far his most difficult to read. ItÃ¢Â€Â™s also his most astonishing.
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