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The boldness of love deserves the test of time.
Every time I see this image, I think Hazel is holding a kitten. And then I think, the only way this story could be better is the appearance of a kitten. And then I think, maybe I should get a kitten? And then I take a nap instead. That’s my life, guys. Glamo-R-Us.
So I’ve had sort of a rough year, writing-wise, one in which I felt incredibly untalented and incapable of writing something people would truly enjoy. The reasons for this are legion, but not worth getting into here. I hadn’t read my debut novel, All Unquiet Things, since 2009 and over the years have felt many different ways about it, but mostly dismissive, like, okay, it’s a debut novel and whatever, it’s not going to be my best work. And I don’t think it is (my best work is the novel that I’m currently working on, which I love so much it sometimes hurts), but I had dinner with a friend last week and she said that All Unquiet Things is her favorite of my books, that she’s read it many times and continues to love it, so that got me thinking, like, how bad could it really be?
So I just finished it and let me tell you, reading it was a funny experience. I thought I’d find much more that I would change now, given that it’s been five years, but I didn’t. I probably would’ve cut a swath through the adverbs and strengthened some things, but otherwise, it’s a pretty good approximation of what I was trying to do with the book. I was surprised at what I did and did not remember—there’s an entire character I basically forgot, but I remember almost all the dialogue verbatim—and how much I really liked it! It’s hard to go back and read things you wrote years and years ago, but I was pleasantly surprised at how strong I felt this book was, given everything.
I usually have one or two manuscripts I’m fiddling with at any given time, just to have some recreation from the book I’m seriously working on, and one of those manuscripts over the years has been a standalone sequel to All Unquiet Things called All Things Past. It takes place about a year after All Unquiet Things ends, and it starts with a growing romance between Audrey and Neily, which I’m sure most readers would not be into (one of the most common things I’ve seen people say about this book is that they’re glad Audrey and Neily don’t end up together at the end, which I agree with insofar as that’s not something that would’ve worked in this book), but which I’ve always seen as sort of the end game of their relationship. Their budding love is hijacked when Neily spots a girl who looks like Carly at a party and leaves Audrey (whom he has just kissed for the first time) to chase after her. He meets the girl and gets sort of drawn in by her and…well, that’s where the manuscript has always petered out (it’s quite short at the moment). I don’t really plan on writing it fully, or publishing it ever (pretty sure there’s not a market for it), but it’s always been fun to revisit these characters, because they are truly some of my favorites.
Did you hear the great news? The film rights to Andrew Smith’s Grasshopper Jungle just sold! How soon can we get our tickets?
This gif is everything to me right now. As is the image Deadline used in their film rights announcement, and the word “shag-happy.”
And then there was the time when Entertainment Weekly listed reading my book as number three on their MUST LIST. IN TODAY’S ISSUE!!!
In a word: YAY!
Hazel’s eyes when she looks at him!
Gus’s smile! (We’re just naming things so wonderful we can hardly stand to watch them repeat, but also cannot look away from them, right? Then I nailed it.)
Today is the day that This Star Won’t Go Out officially debuts in the world. Thank you to all the fans and Nerdfighters who have rallied around this beautiful book, spreading the word and sharing your own stories with us. Yesterday, Parade published two excerpts from This Star Won’t Go Out—part of John Green’s introduction, and a selection from one of Esther’s journals. Just this morning, USA Today published a truly lovely video feature about Esther as a writer and storyteller, which you should go watch immediately.
For those who don’t know, every day on Esther’s birthday, August 3, Nerdfighters around the world celebrate by telling their friends and family they love them, but wouldn’t it be great if that happened all year long? Send a message of love out into the universe by submitting it to this Tumblr (you can submit anonymously) and we will post it (please know all submissions will be moderated and therefore will not post instantaneously, but we will read and post them all, we promise).
There is also going to be a live event outside Boston on 2/1 with Lori and Wayne Earl, Esther’s siblings, and several performers, including wizard rock band Harry and the Potters. If you cannot make this event, we will be live-streaming it via the Vlogbrothers YouTube channel starting at 7:00 PM EST on 2/1. If you’re hosting your own local event around the live stream, please drop us a note in the Penguin Teen Ask box letting us know and we will get it up on the official event posting ASAP.
I love this book.
I don’t know if I’m just being emotional or what, but I saw this and kind of wanted to cry. Poor Xander! Also, what a great line.
Alice and Brakebills by Christopher Shy
Tandem (Many-Worlds #1) - Anna Jarzab
"Power makes you just as vulnerable as it makes you strong."
LOVE THIS. (Also one of my fave quotes in the book.)
My lovely friend/co-worker Kelly Murphy’s first book, Historical Hearthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes from Cleopatra to Camus, came out last week! I went to her very fun launch at DUMBO’s Powerhouse Arena (an awesome space) tonight and got myself a copy. Gonna go through it and pick out my favorite hottie from the past, brb.