Yes, you read that title right: John Green is planning out and will be putting out his next book next year, and it will be *gasp* nonfiction! So, here are all the deets on it you need to know…
First off, the YA lit king John Green had just turned 43 years old this past Monday. (I would go through a handful of major facts about the beloved Fault in Our Stars author, but I already did a piece last year on him for his 42nd birthday covering those bases – and then some – which you can check right here!)
Second, this upcoming book, which will be released on May 18 of next year, will mainly display his various “opinions on topics ranging from Taco Bell’s breakfast menu to the fatal disease cholera,” according to Indy Star. You would think that the disease piece might be on the Coronavirus, but hey, John Green is always up for surprises, especially in his writing…
As announced by his publisher Dutton, the title of the book is – wait for it – The Anthropocene Reviewed, which is named after Green’s monthly podcast that shows off his personalized reviews of every little thing on Earth imaginable on our own timeline as humans – an era Green dubs as the “Anthropocene era” – judging it all on a five-star scale. (While I myself have not listened to the podcast, I have to say: I personally go by the same scaling system! So, I approve!)
The essays that Green gives out via podcast all served as his “primary writing outlet” right after the release of his previous book, Turtles All The Way Down back in 2017. If you have read this book and know Green’s connection to the book’s protagonist Aza, then you know what I mean, and if not, then you def need to read it…
He describes himself as a “pretty slow writer” – as am I – and compared his essays to the reviews he wrote for Chicago-based Booklist Publications, way back before he became the YA fiction bestselling sensation. Dutton itself describes his book as “an adaptation and expansion” of his podcast and it would actually include newer essays to go along with the preexisting essays.
So, even for a book that’s mainly about his life and opinions, John Green can’t help but sneak in the chance to adapt something into a bestselling hit – or in this case, a potential hit – and when it comes to John Green, there’s nothing wrong with that.
I think Green, who states that “the format still fascinates [him]” best sums up his goal here: “As I’ve been revising and expanding the essays for ‘The Anthropocene Reviewed,’ I’ve begun to understand these reviews as an attempt to chart the contradictions of human life as I experience it – how we can be so compassionate and so cruel, so persistent and so quick to despair, and how consciousness is at once depraved in its meaninglessness and profoundly sacred in its meaning.”
The book is available to be pre-ordered here on the Penguin Random House site. If you haven’t already – and I can’t believe I still haven’t – check out the eight-episode mini-series adaptation of his very first book Looking for Alaska on Hulu here! Also, a Hindi-language film adaptation had just come out for The Fault In Our Stars, called Dil Bechara, so check out its trailer here. Lastly, in case you have yet to see Netflix’s film adaptation of Green’s collab book with both Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle Let It Snow – again, guilty – then catch that trailer here!
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