FISHERS — Indiana author John Green took to social media on Wednesday to express frustration over the handling of his book "The Fault in Our Stars".
Hamilton East Public Library system, which has two locations in Noblesville and Fishers, has a new policy requiring librarians to review every book in the teen section of the library to see if it fit for teenage readers.
Green learned of the removal of his book, which was eventually adapted into a hit movie, and shared frustration over the "ludicrous".
"The Fault in Our Stars has been removed from the YA (young adult) section in the suburbs of Indianapolis and is now considered a 'book for adults.' This is ludicrous. It is about teenagers and I wrote it for teenagers. Teenagers are not harmed by reading TFIOS. This is such an embarrassment to the city of Fishers."
"I only have a small voice in these decisions, of course, but you won't catch me alive or dead in Fishers, Indiana until these ridiculous policies are revoked."
The Fault in Our Stars has been removed from the YA section in the suburbs of Indianapolis and is now considered a "book for adults." This is ludicrous. It is about teenagers and I wrote it for teenagers.— John Green (@johngreen) August 9, 2023
Teenagers are not harmed by reading TFIOS. This is such an embarrassment… https://t.co/vSsiPcL6fP
Later, Green shared screenshots via Twitter of an e-mail he sent to the library’s board members.
“I’ve sold more than 40,000,000 books as a resident of central Indiana, which has been good news for the tax revenue of this state and the local economy more generally. The Fault in Our Stars is the best-selling book ever to be set in Indiana, and has driven considerable tourism to our shared community,” Green said.
You can read the full e-mail below.
My reply to the board members of @FishersIN and @NoblesvilleIN seeking to remove my books (and over a hundred others) from the young adult literature shelves in their libraries. Heartbreaking for this to happen in Central Indiana, where I live and strive to support. pic.twitter.com/OV6NfiDvqW— John Green (@johngreen) August 10, 2023
Hamilton East Public Library tells WRTV the book was moved because it met criteria set for by their board.
As of July 19, 1,385 books set for review had been moved to the general collection part of the library and out of the young adult section.
Though the books are moved from the young adult section, a teenager is still able to loan the books.