John Green is everything I never expected out of an author. I never liked reading growing up, mostly because of my dyslexia. I was always uncomfortable with reading. In my junior year of High School, my school decided to start giving each kid one book a year to own to encourage reading and the book I received was “Looking for Alaska”. I wasn’t interested in reading anything, nor did I even care. But one day I decided to read it for my class because I had forgotten my magazine. As soon as I read the first few pages, I was engulfed in his words. His writing was something I could picture my life being as. I actually cried when I finished the book not only because of the emotional ending but because of the fact that the book was over and that I had never had anything make me feel like that in my entire life. I immediately went and checked out every one of his books I could get a hold of in my public library. My whole life I felt like I had something missing, like a part of the “Melanie Puzzle” wasn’t there, that puzzle piece was reading. I began reading other books, falling in love with all these different worlds. I started my junior read with never finishing a book in my whole life to finishing it with being the person who read the most books out of my grade. John Green started the fire burning passion for reading in my heart. Not only did his book change me, but when I discovered his you-tube channel he does with Hank, I watched all the videos they had posted and felt like I had more people to relate to, more people who had the same interests and feelings as I did. John Green is the most inspirational person in my entire life, I feel as though I know him so well and yet I have never had the pressure to meet him. He is the reason I am more of an alive and expressive person today. I would give anything to be able to personally thank him for turning my life around, he doesn’t even know my name and yet he is one of the most important people in my life. This is what John Green has meant to me so far, and that inspiration grows everyday. I know John Green will never be a name I forget.
The ever fabulous Valerie has posted a facebook event for the Cleveland Gathering! Mark down Saturday, November 17th on your calendars!
The first northeastern Ohio nerdfighter gathering is going to be a thing! And we’ll explore the newly-opened Museum of Contemporary Art and then probably hang out at a place to eat nearby afterwards.
We will meet outside the museum at 2:30 then head in and roam around til we’ve seen everything or until the museum closes at 5, whichever comes first.
Then food? Anyone know of good close food places? There appears to be a Qdoba nearby and a restaurant called Falafel Cafe that looks good and cheap.Admission to the museum is $8 or $5 if you have a valid student ID (the museum’s website doesn’t specify if this discount is only for college students or high school too, but I’d assume either would be okay? Bring some extra cash just in case [for food purposes too]).Directions and parking info can be found here http://www.mocacleveland.org/visit/directionsAny and all questions/suggestions are welcome! This is going to be excellent! And hopefully the first of many gatherings to come (there has been some talk of a pilgrimage to Melt; I am pro-this and it must happen soon).
I just had him sign my copy of The Great Gatsby!
i saw john green tonight and it was crazy. there were over 800 people there and he called me out in the middle of his thing for texting which i was telling lori earl how many people were there on facebook ok! and i am v v grateful for becca who drove us down there and back. there was a girl with a tfios costume that was very impressive and i got to meet more ohio nerdfighter facebook peeps and jenn and her daughter! and jeez all of the people. becca and i got front row seats bc we made videos for a contest the library was having and got to get stuff signed first and i think he signed stuff from 8-almost 12? john you are the most gracious dude and a trooper.
it was a very nice time and everyone was so happy and open and welcoming to everyone else and the cincinnati library is GORGEOUS and huge and i’m jealous and am even more hell-bent on moving to a bigger city than i was before cause i wanna get in on that kind of library stuff. also the staff were super amazing and went all out on everything
in the displays that were set up for him there were a bunch of pizza boxes, i was so amused
also during the q&a someone asked john why suffering exists, GOOD GOD
i am tired. today went by really really fast, weirdly. i have to be up in 2.5 hours and have two tests in the morning ha ha ha hahaaaa
i spy a human-sized tfios
also i’m now POSITIVE that one of my new pants’ pants leg is a bigger size than the other, it was messing with my head all day so bad, what is up with that?
you can watch a recorded stream of the event here