Ever since John Green wrote the book that pretty much defines YA lit and contemporary books, so many other books about kids with disabilities and diseases have popped up. Here are the ones that are better than TFIOS:
1.) Say What You Will by Cammie Morgan
This book follows a girl, Amy, with cerebral palsy, and a boy, Matthew, with OCD. The two become unlikely friends, and then realize that maybe they’re more. It was completely unexpected, especially the ending. I 100% recommend.
2.) All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
This is another very popular contemporary book. It follows Finch and Violet, another unlikely pair who fall into each other’s lives. It won a Goodreads choice award and is currently being made into a movie.
3.) How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford
This book came out before TFIOS, but it’s just as emotional and heart-wrenching. Beatrice is the new girl at school, and Jonah is the “ghost boy.” No one really knows his story or why he always seems so sad, but Bea is drawn to him despite his social status.
4.) Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
This was a really cute book. Madeline has a disease where she is allergic to everything. She hasn’t been outside in seventeen years and lives with her mom and her nurse. But everything, everything (I had to) changes when Olly moves in next door.
5.) The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
This is one of my favorite books! Ezra used to be the golden-boy-sports-star until he gets in a car accident and his knee is shattered. He becomes friends with Cassidy Thorpe, the new girl, but learns that she has a dark past.
6.) Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
Yeah, it’s another book by Robyn Schneider (because she’s amazing). This one is about a group of kids with tuberculosis living at a hospital called Latham House. Lane is new there, but becomes friends with the group of troublemakers when he realizes he used to know one of them. This is a great book about friendship and romance, just like the Beginning of Everything.
7.) Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
I’m 90% sure you’ve read this book or heard about this book. I don’t even think I need to give a summary. I am still not over that ending, and I never will be.
8.) Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
I didn’t like this book that much (3.5 stars) but it was really funny. It follows Earl, a boy who likes to remake movies with his best friend Earl. When a girl from his school is diagnosed with Leukemia, his mother forces his to hang out with her. All three of them become friends, sort of.
9.) Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
After Hannah commits suicide, Clay finds a box filled with tapes on his porch. In the tapes, Hannah explains the thirteen reasons why she killed herself, and Clay has something to do with it.
10.) Paper Towns by John Green
This is my favorite John Green book. I liked it way more than The Fault in our Stars and Looking for Alaska.
I think that TFIOS got a lot more praise than it actually deserves, but I don’t blame people for liking it.