There was a time when the name John Green was on everyone's lips. From writing one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful stories of all time, The Fault In Our Stars, to then having that book turned into a smash hit movie in 2014. The movie for sure made stars out of it's leading actors Shailene Woodley (who yes we know was already killing it prior to playing Hazel Grace but you know, this was a moment for her and her career) and the lovely Ansel Elgort, who will forever be our Augustus Waters. Plus, another one of his beloved books, Paper Towns, was given the major motion picture treatment in 2015 with Cara Delevinge and Nat Wolff bringing Margo and Q to life. But since then, literally everyone has been wondering what he's been up to. And now we finally know: he's doing just fine and you know, just wrote a new book. No big deal.
OK YES IT'S A BIG DEAL.
John announced he has indeed written a new novel, Turtles All the Way Down, which will hit shelves on October 10, 2017. The story is about 16-year-old Aza Holmes, who is "trying to solve a mystery while also trying to live with mental illness," according to John. A press release from Penguin Random House said the book focuses on "lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts."
John has been open about the fact that he too lives with a mental illness, openly speaking about his struggle with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, anxiety and panic attacks, so this is clearly a story he has even more of personal connection to.
"I have written a book. That feels good to say but also a little terrifying," John explained in a video on the vlogbrothers YouTube channel. "My previous book The Fault In Our Stars came out more than five and a half years ago so this book has definitely been a long and winding road but I am so excited to share with you. It's definitely a made up story, but it's also kind of a personal one since most of you know I have a mental illness that at times has taken over my life. I'm so happy to be finished with a book I'm proud of. I really hope you like it!"
Based on the top-notch literature he has given the world already, we have a feeling everyone is going to be obsessed with this new era too. This announcement does come as a massive surprise to his fans though since back in September of 2016, he admitted he wasn't sure if he would ever publish any other book ever again, since living up to the mass success of TFIOS weighed on his mind.
"I started to feel this intense pressure, like people were watching over my shoulder while I was writing. Somewhere in that period, my job stopped being Person Who Writes Books, which is a present-tense job title, and became Person Who Wrote That One Book, which is a past-tense job title," John said. "Writing had always been a safe and sane way to pore out my obsessiveness and recursive thinking. But then suddenly it didn't provide that release anymore."
He's obviously had a change of heart, so it's nice to know writing is back to being something he's passionate about and simply makes him happy again. Oh and yes, you can pre-order Turtles All the Way Down now!