John Green’s Biography

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John Green is the New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, and The Fault in Our Stars. He is also the coauthor, with David Levithan, of Will Grayson, Will Grayson. He was 2006 recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award, a 2009 Edgar Award winner, and has twice been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Green’s books have been published in more than a dozen languages.

In 2007, Green and his brother Hank ceased textual communication and began to talk primarily through videoblogs posted to YouTube. The videos spawned a community of people called nerdfighters who fight for intellectualism and to decrease the overall worldwide level of suck. (Decreasing suck takes many forms: Nerdfighters have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight poverty in the developing world; they also planted thousands of trees around the world in May of 2010 to celebrate Hank’s 30th birthday.) Although they have long since resumed textual communication, John and Hank continue to upload two videos a week to their YouTube channel, vlogbrothers. Their videos have been viewed more than 200 million times, and their channel is one of the most popular in the history of online video. He is also an active Twitter user with more than 1.2 million followers.

Green’s book reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review and Booklist, a wonderful book review journal where he worked as a publishing assistant and production editor while writing Looking for Alaska. Green grew up in Orlando, Florida before attending Indian Springs School and then Kenyon College.

You can find more information (so, so much more) over at the FAQ.

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Hope September 13, 2014 at 5:03 pm

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Jasmin Weißner September 13, 2014 at 7:57 pm

Dear Mister Green,

I am grateful that you wrote “The Fault in Our Stars”.
It is the perfect roman and it gave me new courage to go on.
Not every love story is perfect. You have shown this with Hazel and Augustus.
I was nearly before giving up in my life but when I read your story I saw that I must go on for those who love me and those I love.
You gave me new courage to design my life completely new and I wanted to say:
Thank you, John Green.
Thank you for publishing this beautiful story about two adolescents with cancer falling in love with each other. It rescued me.


Justine Marielle September 13, 2014 at 11:27 pm

Mr. John Green,

i know that the chances that you’ll read this is a million to one. but i’ll take my chances. you see, i really love you and your work. it’d be an honor if you would notice me. i am not a stalker or some random lunatic. i’m a genuine fan. i hope you’ll continue writing books that inspire a lot of people especially teenagers. we think that our life is pretty much fucked up, but every time i read your books, makes me feel like, yea maybe i am a mess, but i am a beautiful mess. you make me think that there’s something to be hopeful for even in seemingly hopeless things… you’re just an inspiration.This is something you say a lot and i really want to say it…. Thank you. Thank you John Green, for even if you do not know me, you have helped me. Hoping someday that you’ll notice me.. a simple hi from you will just be great. :) @mayeee_ (twitter)


britney September 14, 2014 at 12:08 am

mr. green
only I am sending this to congratulate him on his work, his book ‘under the same star’ loved it, the movie was beautiful, I just charming just want to say congratulations hope and recommend me some books to read, maybe my book I found dream (you) admire
this very well, and I hope to come a returned message recommending books, till then


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Angelina Alderman September 14, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Hello Mr. John Green,
Whether or not you view this… I do not know, but I am trying to not consider the value of this message whether or not you know of its existence, so much as the existence itself.
Well, where do I start? I suppose I will begin with “The Fault In Our Stars”- since it was (as for many) the first of your books I have read. I enjoyed the book, but that statement was both true and a complete lie. I can list the reasons as to why that was a lie (may I note that i have noticed you use the 1. 2. 3. method in your books quite often, I actually think it improves the reader’s ability to understand the concepts you mention), or I could leave you wondering. That book left me wondering, in fact, it changed my views on multiple things. 1. Death of characters. I mean, when I read that book, I really felt like I’d lost a life. I could have sworn up and down that my best friend died the day I found my lovely Augustus Waters in a coffin, his existence simply a matter of words. Mr. Green, don’t you see? I am on the verge of tears while typing this, because I am absolutely taken aback by the idea that Augustus Waters was gone. Gone, Mr. Green. But that wasn’t even the worst part. here we are at 2. The End of the book. You mentioned through Hazel’s favorite author- Peter Van Houten- that characters cease to exist the moment you finish the last word on the last page of a book. That was the most depressing thing I have ever read. To think that it doesn’t matter if they die or live in the book… that they are gone once you finish. I feel like I have killed an entire world. I feel like a murder for finishing books. And it doesn’t matter if I go back and read the book again- I will never have the same Hazel or Augustus or anyone. They are gone.
I suppose I will keep you wondering, unless you got the message.
Now that I have gotten that over with, I’d like to move on to the next book- “Looking For Alaska”.
I do not know how my mental health survived that book.
Honestly, after reading TFIOS, I figured SOMEONE would die in this book, too.
But I was so dumb I didn’t even think it would be Alaska.
Really… I don’t know if it is really that she is/was dead that got to me… it was the mystery in it. The particular copy of the book I bought at my local bookstore had a little questionnaire in which you answered some questions other readers have asked. One question in particular- whether or not Alaska had killed herself- stuck out from the rest.
I understand that she was in a rush to see her mother and that she had been reminded while doodling and that she was on the phone with her boyfriend she had just cheated on to a certain extent and that her situation could have or could have not led up to a spontaneous suicide because I know for sure that not all suicides have to be planned.
I observed the irony of the situation. That was the exact date her mother had died- the date she crashed into a police car and the wheel of her car crushed her chest.
Mr. Green I remember that scene like I saw it (partly because in my mind I did).
I saw her, rushing, screaming at Pudge and the Colonel to get her out of there. I saw her get into her car, I saw her driving. I saw the flashback of Pudge saying she never used brakes. I saw her crash, I saw the blood from her nose, I saw her dead.
Mr. Green, your writing skills are the best I have seen, but I still have a question-
Did Alaska escape?
Did she escape the labyrinth?
This drives me up the wall Mr. Green, because I must know.
I’m not sure what answer I expect, but I’m sure, considering who I am speaking to, it will be extremely clever.
I am currently reading “Paper Towns”, which I’m sure will be amazing, but if one more character in your books die I believe my sanity will as well.
Adieu to my sanity.
-Angelina Alderman, 13
Sanford (Quite close to Orlando), Florida


Brooklyn Murany September 14, 2014 at 4:26 pm

Mr. John Green,
I read your answers to the questions many of you fans have had. Ill just say I was very disappointed. You wrote one of the most spectacular books in the 21 century but you won’t even think about writing a sequel or giving us answers? It kinda ripped my heart out about your resoponces. You were my idol until you compared yourself to Peter Van Houten! He was a dream killer and an a** hole. So unless you think that about yourself then give the answers that YOUR fans want… not that you haven’t given it any thought.


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Prescila testu September 16, 2014 at 9:31 am

Dear Mr. Green, My name is Priscilla and I just bought your book “nos étoiles contraires” and “will and will” I wanted to tell you that for me you are my favorite writer even if I still is not finished the book. I wanted to know what happened to Hazel at the end of the book? I also wanted to know why I wrote a book about cancer? I found a part of me in this book, I lost my grandmother, my uncle and my grandpa they died of cancer. I wanted to thank you for your books. cordially Prescila


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