Best YA novel of all time: The Fault in Our Stars or Harry Potter?
Man, this is a tough one. They are so different, I can hardly imagine picking one over the other. But I shall!
So. While I think Perks of Being a Wallflower is the best recent classic, The Fault in Our Stars is the first book that ever truly and completely captured my life as a former sick kid. Friends and family who have read it often compare me to Hazel, and I’m like “whaaat? She’s got thyroid cancer, is forever sick, is obsessed with being alone and reading and bad telev—oh. Yes.”
I love TFIOS and I think John Green should be president. (And I selfishly hate that it’s so popular because I want it to be my book. And mine alone. Even if it brings flashbacks and nightmares of recurrence.)
But reading Harry Potter as a 13-21 year old was one of the better decisions I made as a teen. The entire world of JK Rowling is a fine and clever invention. It’s one I still like to escape to every couple of years or so. It’s brilliant and smart and it’s just…more worthy of this title.
What do you nerds think?