Bustling books

From “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” to “The Blindside,” people are attracted to realistic, under-dog plots with a subjective, heart-warming ending. These books and movies have spurted popularity not just from our school, but from the general public as well.

According to, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” which was released in October of last year, grossed a total of $17,738,570 in the United States alone. These statistics have spiked even more imaginative stories. Such a story is the novel “The Fault in Our Stars,” by John Green.

Published in January 2012, “The Fault in Our Stars” recently made a strong impact upon the student population.

Junior Kayla O’Brien has recently read the book.

“It [‘The Fault in Our Stars’] was well written but quite sad. I’d read it over and over again if I had my own copy,” O’Brien said.

The novel isn’t going to stop there however. According to IMDB, the heartbreaking tale of the love-ridden, 16-year-old cancer patient will be found on the big screen come June 26.

Starring Shailene Woodley, and Willem Dafoe, “The Fault in Our Stars” is currently being filmed near Amsterdam, Ind. and more locally, Pittsburgh.

Author John Green has written five books in his life not including novellas, radio work, and anthologies.

One such novel is “Looking for Alaska” which is also fairly known throughout the public.

“I have read ‘Looking Alaska,’ ” said O’Brien. “I have not read anything else recently. I haven’t had the time.”

“Looking for Alaska” has received significant recognition with the Printz Award in 2006 according to Green’s official website.

Although this novel won’t be adapted to a screenplay, “The Fault in Our Stars” will be.

The novel itself reached the New York Times Bestseller List upon its release and is steaming forward.

“I would rate ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ a 10,” said O’Brien. “It’s like the Nicholas Sparks’ books; not the same in writing but the emotional effect.”

“The Fault in Our Stars” will hit local theaters June 26.