- I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak - Ed is a taxi driver without ambition or a future....until he begins getting playing cards with mysterious messages on them. This book is perfect for people who want to read about characters who are a little older and slightly (only slightly) more serious than John Green's characters. It's got the quirks and the odd (but memorable) people, but with an older feel to it.
- Love and Other Alien Experiences by Kerry Winfrey - Mallory hasn't left the house since her dad moved out. But she's still connected to the outside world via the alien encounter forum she frequents....and that might be enough to start changing her life. This book reads a lot like a John Green book, but without the over quirkiness. These characters seem a little more believable than John Green's - but still so much fun and so adorable and wonderful. Plus, it's all about a girl overcoming her anxiety and getting outside her comfort zone.
- Notes from the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick - When Alex is forced to do community service at a local senior center, he never expects that his time there will change his life for the better. I love this book - it's so relateable and so heart-warming. It's also the perfect book for young musicians.
- The Haters by Jesse Andrews - Three teens blow off Jazz Camp to go on a road trip. The road trip element makes it pretty similar to Paper Towns - and makes it another fantastic book for musicians.
What other books would you recommend to John Green fans? What other YA authors have caught your attention recently?