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 500 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 3.8 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.

For information about contacting John, click here to visit the contact page.

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Roxanne Rodriguez March 19, 2015 at 8:35 pm

Hi Mr. Green
I’m reading the fault in our stars and it’s so good me and my boyfriend have the same problem but we don’t have cancer.
But I am still wondering if your going to make a second book/movie of the Fault in our stars we love your books and I was wondering if you’ll make another book and I really want to find out what happens to Hazel Grace when Augustus passes away and his friend when he loses his eye sight.
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Justin Doblas March 27, 2015 at 9:23 pm

Hi Roxanne Rodriguez! I am also a fan of John Green and I already finished

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Justin Doblas March 27, 2015 at 9:27 pm

reading The Fault in Our Stars six months ago. I also really want to know what happens to Hazel Lancaster after Augustus died but this is my theory- I think Green’s illustration of Van Houten (telling Hazel and Gus that nothing happens to the fictional characters after the novel ends) is a sign to the readers that we should be contented of what happens to them at the end of the story. However, I really want to know it also. :)

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Harnur March 20, 2015 at 5:57 am

Hello Sir,
I am a Year 7 student in Victoria, Australia. We were asked to choose a book for
Wider reading and I read you very amazingly written, The Fault in Our Stars. I have just finished reading it. Like one of many inspired youngsters who have read this book I also went through sad emotions, and like Hazel in the book wants to discover the end of An Imperial Affliction, so do I. I would really really really appreciate you telling me whether Hazel dies or not, what happens to her parents, what happens to Gus’ parents, Van Houten. When I read Gus’ letter/sequel/appreciation for Hazel to Van Houten. I thought the book was missing some pages and then actually asked my friends to check if her own copy of the book has the same number of pages in it. I understand it is very hard for you to afford time to write back to me. But I can wait.

In hope to reading your reply soon (not even that soon).

An Inspired teenager,
Harnur

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Emily March 20, 2015 at 4:35 pm

Hello.
I just finished The Fault In Our Stars and An Abundance Of Katherines, and both of them made me laugh and cry. I have a few questions for you, and could you please answer them as soon as you can.
Does Hazel Grace actually die? What happens to Isaac? Does Colin ever find the perfect Katherine? What happens to Hazel’s parents? Does her mum ever get a job?
Thankyou so much!
Emily :)

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Anna Amélia March 22, 2015 at 11:03 am

Hi John,
Well, I read some of his books (I blame the stars, paper Towns, Katherine’s theorem, the star that will never pay and who are you Alaska.) and are wonderful!
I loved the stories, the characters, the scenarios… But of all, of all the books, what I liked most was the way you interpret the life and death.
Life: the labyrinth of Life, the great Perhaps, small infinite happiness besides the problems, theorems.
Death: the wires, the grass, the Ship, the acceptance, the problem of pain.
This is all very … My!
Thanks John, you saved me. You wrote the library of my life. (Together with j. k. Rowling, Incidentally)
I know you probably will ever read this, but thanks, anyway. I owe it to you.
I love you, your stories, your stories, your deaths.
Thank you very much
your sassy fan, Anna.
PS: never, never, never let my mind forget Gus, Robert Joyne, Esther and Alaska (her mother either). And I need them. :3

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Anna Amélia March 22, 2015 at 11:04 am

Hi John,
Well, I read some of his books (I blame the stars, paper Towns, Katherine’s theorem, the star that will never pay and who are you Alaska.) and are wonderful!
I loved the stories, the characters, the scenarios… But of all, of all the books, what I liked most was the way you interpret the life and death.
Life: the labyrinth of Life, the great Perhaps, small infinite happiness besides the problems, theorems.
Death: the wires, the grass, the Ship, the acceptance, the problem of pain.
This is all very … My!
Thanks John, you saved me. You wrote the library of my life. (Together with j. k. Rowling, Incidentally)
I know you probably will ever read this, but thanks, anyway. I owe it to you.
I love you, your stories, your stories, your deaths.
Thank you very much
your sassy fan, Anna.
PS: never, never, never let my mind forget Gus, Robert Joyne, Esther and Alaska (her mother either). And I need them.

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ha. yes.

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emerald March 24, 2015 at 1:44 pm

i read your book paper towns! btw i cant wait till the movie! i am now writing a book report on paper towns now.

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Austin Ho March 24, 2015 at 8:13 pm

Mr. Green, I have to tell you that The Fault In Our Stars is by far the best book that I have ever read. At first I was quite upset when the book was assigned because I’m not really the reading type of person. However, once I picked up the book, I could not put it down. The plot is excellent and it’s not just a gushy love story, but it is something that most people could enjoy. I recommened The Fault In Our Stars to everybody out there!

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Min Jee Kim March 24, 2015 at 10:33 pm

I’d like to just relay the message that you are a great author. My friend convinced me to write this comment, so that shows how loved and respected you are. I haven’t read your books, but I’ve heard great things. Keep up the good work!

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Ben89 March 24, 2015 at 11:20 pm

I sent a message on tumblr, but I’m now realizing that tumblr probably wasn’t the best place to send fan mail, so here is my fan letter.

I read The Fault in Our Stars during my christmas break inbetween semesters after being told by YouTube, my friend (coincidentally also named Ben), Kobo book suggestions, and finally a book sale at Target that it’s a really good book.

I’ll be honest and say that I wanted to avoid it for many reasons; the primary reason being I want to graduate from college already and spend most of my time reading textbooks. The other reason being that i don’t like reading popular fiction. The Fault in Our Stars is a good book, but sometimes when I read a book that’s popular among people I feel no original ideas can be created or thought up and are just reading the book because it’s popular (I think I developed this way of thinking after reading The Lovesong of J Alfred Prufrock in a literature class).

However when I got around to reading The Fault in Our Stars I found it shockingly hard to read. Not because of reading levels, if it were any other book in the YA genre I could polish it off within twelve hours. I found it hard to read because it all reminded me of personal experiences in life; I know i’m not the only person to know someone who’s had cancer or battled a terminal illness, but it still hurt.
I knew a little boy who lived across the street from me who died from leukemia, a childhood friend of mine died from terminal illness two years ago, I have another friend who’s a cancer survivor and another friend who’s lost the ability to use her entire left side of her body from cancer.

The Fault in Our Stars made me constantly think of these people and form ideas and thoughts that I’m not really sure are original thoughts and feelings. The thing that sucks is that I don’t have people to talk to about these thoughts over the book without making it look like they were fabricated inspiration from the book itself rather than actual life experiences. Rather than moping around with these thoughts and feelings though I figured who better to talk to about this than the author who wrote The Fault in Our Stars?

Regardless I really do like The Fault in Our Stars a lot, I ended up also reading Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska and will eventually read An Abundance of Katherines. I even bought Infinite Jest and The Blood of the Lamb to get an idea of what An Imperial Affliction is like.
I will also say that TFioS got me to write a little more again since I ditched my english degree pursuits a few years ago. So thank you John, thank you for The Fault in Our Stars.

P.S. It would be really cool to have a main character who’s gay in the near future.

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Winrey March 25, 2015 at 6:59 am

Your books are amazing and this blog is really funny.

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Bruce Youker March 25, 2015 at 3:57 pm

Actually, John Green looks just like my youngest son, plus they are about the same age. Both have the same mannerisms, and both are extremely intelligent.
I started using John´s videos in my World Literature class last year. It has been a golden find. If I keep teaching at the university in the future I will continue to use this literary genius.

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Jerry Doughty March 26, 2015 at 4:12 pm

You are a brilliant author and until now I have been a big supporter of yours. Your reaction to the Indiana Religious Freedom Act is typically politically correct and short sighted. Especially from someone of your obvious intellect. The law is designed to protect Christians when their religious rights are being violated by the state or national government. The concern over this stems from a 2008 New Mexico case in which a Christian Photography company refused to photograph a gay wedding because her religion believes that marriage is between a man and a woman. She was very polite and very honest about it. She also offered to help them get another photographer. By the way, at the time Gay Marriage was not legal in New Mexico. The gay couple sued her for discrimination and she lost over seven thousand dollars.

My question to you is, should people be forced by the power of the state to participate in activities that they deem immoral. Should an African-American photographer be force to photograph a KKK wedding. Should Jewish photographer be force to photograph a NAZI wedding. Should this photographer have been forced to photograph a plural marriage or a marriage officiated by a Satanist.

I know this are extreme examples, but the principle is the same. Why is wrong to discriminate against gays, but it is OK to discriminate against Christian.

I am looking forward to a thoughtful answer from you.

Thanks,
Jerry Doughty

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Inna March 26, 2015 at 6:55 pm

Здравствуйте Джон! Я пишу Вам из далекой Росси, а точнее с Самары. Мне очень понравилась Ваша книга “Виноваты звезды”, а фильм меня просто покорил! Хочу узнать будет ли продолжение книги, ведь Хейзер жива, что ее дальше ждет? Не может все вот так закончиться, мне бы хотелось продолжение ее истории.
Поклонница с России

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Kassie March 27, 2015 at 11:06 am

Dear, Mr. Green

At first when your book (The Fault In Our Stars) came out, everyone was talking about it. I was skeptical at first. I didn’t want to be like everyone else so to speak. Don’t feel bad though, because I’m like that with a lot of things but, I eventually end up trying it out, despite my disinclined behavior. Needless to say, not one ounce of me regrets reading the last words; “”I do.”".
I know you probably have a mass of letters to read, and you probably won’t immediately find the time to answer just another teenage girl. I’m not gonna be pugnacious about this whole thing because you do have your own life to live, and you have a job, and family to focus on but, I just wanted to thank you.
Your words got me thinking on a whole new level, and it’s lit the fuse to my bomb-like brain. I’m pretty sure that when I finished the book, my mind was blown so hard that my brains were stuck to my wall.
I don’t know why it took me so long to contact you. It’s been nearly a year since I’ve read it- actually…I take that back, I flipped through it the other day. But, I guess, I really don’t know how to explain it in words how you’ve helped me open the eyes to my heart, imagination, and reality. It’s one of those things where you don’t know how or why it’s happened, you just…you just know. I guess it sounds a bit off….I must come of a bit ignorant right? Haha.
Not only did you help with my imagination, and myself as a writer but, you’ve helped me as a learner. For years I’ve held back my intelligence because it’s not “cool”, and it makes you a “nerd” but, the Nerdfighteria has opened me up. I guess that I’m trying to say thank you for helping me find confidence in myself. I’ve held back for so long, and on top of that a lot of things had happened but, I just wanted to thank you. I know it doesn’t mean a whole lot, reading this off of a screen, but, I do say it with all of heart. These words are just for nothing.
I don’t know why I felt the need to emphasize it but, I just really hope you know that you’re not just an author to me. You’re an inspiration; not to just me but, to many. You inspire me to be myself, to overcome, use some of my superior knowledge to make others feel completely numb, and you inspire me to not stop here. There are so many roads ahead, and your words made me realize that even through the hardest of times. There is a reason for everything.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Kassie

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Jimmie Martin March 27, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Hey John,

I love your work and what all you have done and you have inspired me to start writing my own novel. I have a lot of questions about the writing process, intellectual properties, using trademarked things in your stories, and so on and I was wondering if there is any way that we could chat about this or if there was a way that you could do a set a videos where you talk about these kind of topics or even if you would like to work with me on my book. I need some help and I thought I would reach out to you and see your thoughts on this.

Have a great day,

Jimmie

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Mathilde S March 29, 2015 at 12:09 pm

Dear John ,
To begin , I’m sorry for my english I’m french and I’m not good at the school.
After, I want you say I read the fault in our stars, Looking for Alaska and I just finished Paper Town. I’m frustrated.. Your books are perfect, and you write like nobody. You describle how i feel.. I don’t expect you see that.
I fall in love your books . You are the best !!

Good Bye John and please , never stop to writing :)

A Paper Girl.

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Hannah R March 30, 2015 at 8:29 pm

John,
I suspect you get thousands of these kind of questions(especially because they are a major part of your book, The Fault In Our Stars) but do mind answering a few questions of mine? I’m now reading your book for the third time and I have watched the movie over four times! Firstly, does Hazel die? When? Does she find love again? What becomes of Issac? Does Monica come back? What about Peter Van Houten? Does he write a sequel?
Your book is my all time favorite and the movie is too. Thank you so much for writing your stories! I quote them all the time!

With great admiration,
Hannah Robinson
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