It’s easy not being Green

For some reason known but to God, or to Jeff Bezos, who’s arguably the next step down from God, this past weekend posted a listing for John Green’s bestselling YA novel The Fault in Our Stars as being the work of one “Holt McDougal,” which is in fact the name of a textbook publisher.

Fans of Green jumped right in to praise the mysterious McDougal in the Amazon review section. Said one enthusiast: “In addition to writing your ordinary astronomy and calculus textbooks, he also dabbles in young adult fiction. He’s been wildly successful in both genres (can I say that his algebra 2 textbook was especially fascinating).” Green himself published several of the McDougal reviews on his Tumblr blog; Amazon finally got around to fixing the matter late today.

(Tweeted in my general direction by the lovely and talented Annemarie Dooling.)


  1. McGehee »

    3 December 2013 · 8:29 am

    Amazon reviewers seem to be among the most lighthearted and creative around.

  2. CGHill »

    3 December 2013 · 8:26 pm

    Oh, there’s now a parody (I think) Holt McDougal Twitter account: @realhmcdougal.

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