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Episode 13 | Brothers' Books: We chat about John Green and Hank Green novels

Saturday, 2 March 2019
Podcast episode cover art - Episode 13 of Rants and Reviews is all about the Vlog Brothers, otherwise known as John Green and Hank Green. We discuss all their books at length.

How many Katherine’s did Colin date? What was it that April found on a busy city street? And what is it that Augustus can’t fathom into constellations? We discuss it all in this week’s episode of Rants and Reviews by chatting about the novels written by both John Green and Hank Green; which ones were our favourites, which ones haven’t read yet and which ones surprised us.


Short and sweet Currently Reading this episode. Sophie is currently reading A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab and Anjali has just picked up Mosquitoland by David Arnold.


(04:50) Anjali’s first John Green she read was Looking for Alaska, and she didn’t really enjoy it back in the day when she read it. Sophie quickly tells us what it’s about, and while Anjali can’t really remember much from the novel, she needs to re-read it.

(08:20) These books by John Green were some of the ones that Sophie first read on her Kindle, when she first got that app her phone.

(09:30) We discover that Anjali binge read pretty much all of John Green’s book in one year after reading The Fault in Our Stars.

(09:50) An Abundance of Katherines is next in our chat, and Sophie reads a little synopsis. We have a little rave about the oddness of this book (why Colin, do you have $10,000? And why Katherines? Why 19 Katherines?!).

(13:14) We circle back to Papertowns, and Anjali comments she heard at a conference that John Green has done a TED Talk on actual paper towns, so here’s the link for that if you’re interested.

(16:40) Sidebar to John Green character names and how odd they are.

(17:40) Onto the most popular one, perhaps, The Fault in Our Stars, and Anjali reminisces that she read the entire TFIOS book in the backseat of a people mover on a road trip in the UK. She doesn’t remember what the Scottish countryside looks like, but she remembers the book.

(20:10) Did we like the movie adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars? Listen to find out.

(24:20) Some of our favourite lines from the book:

As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, then all at once.
My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations
Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.
Okay, okay.
That’s the thing about pain; it demands to be felt.

(26:00) Turtles All the Way Down is his latest novel, but do we think it matches up to TFIOS?

(27:01) We chat about the spiralling concept in TOATD, and Anjali gives us a little background to one of the versions of the concept. Check out the wikipedia page to get a bit of an idea as to what ‘turtles all the way down’ means.

(31:10) Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Let it Snow are John Green’s other books, and while Sophie hasn’t read either of them, Anjali has read WGWG. As the conversation about Let it Snow continues, an important question is asked: “Is the Starbucks across the road from the Waffle house?!” You’ll have to listen to the episode to understand!

(36:15) It’s time to chat about the debut novel of Hank Green, who is John Green’s brother. Hank Green wrote An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, and it was amazing. This book was very different to what we thought it would be (not that either of us really had a good idea as to what it was about), but it was so wonderfully surprisingly great that we’ve both raved about it ever since we read it.


That’s all folks! Do you prefer John Green over Hank Green, or do you just love them both? Let us know by Tweeting us - @rantsandreviews.

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Books mentioned in this episode:
A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab, Mosquitoland by David Arnold, Paper Towns by John Green, Looking for Alaska by John Green, An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green, Dune by Frank Herbert, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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