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.

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Hallie July 18, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Dear Mr. Green,
My name is Hallie and I recently finished The Fault in Our Stars, it was amazing. Anyways I had a couple questions, first of all what happens to Hazel? Does she die? Does she find new love?
What happens to Isaac? Does Monica ever return? Does he ever regain eyesite with robot eyes?
What happens with Hazels mom and dad? If Hazel does die do they get a divorce? Does Hazels mom become a social worker? Do they ever stop revolving their lives around Hazel’s sickness?
What happens to Van Houten? Does he ever stop letting the death of his daughter make him a grumpy old man? Does Liduiji ever become his assistant again?
What happens to Gus’s parents? Do they ever look at gus’s room again? Do they ever start getting aggrivated by their grand Kids?

Finally I would like to ask about the end of your book.
In An Imperial Affliction you said that it just ended without telling you anything that happens, like if the dude is a con man, if Anna dies, what happens to Annas mother, and what happens to the hamster. In your book you also kind of stopped and it didn’t really answer questions like the ones I had above. My queston for you is did you do that on purpose since An Imperial Affliction was such a great part of the story or just to leave the reader in suspense.

Please answer I am dying to know the answers!

Sincerely,
Hallie Lovin

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Amelia Melas July 19, 2014 at 1:19 am

Dude. Please tell me you’re being sarcastic.

In the heart-breaking event that you’re startlingly serious, I will spend my precious moments on responding to your questions despite the fact that one day none of this will matter since oblivion is inevitable.

Anyway, in case you missed it, Hazel was never anything but terminal. She obviously dies at some point (we’re all going to, after all). Personally, I think that Hazel’s post-Gus life would be too short and disease-filled for her to get over him and find someone she could love enough or who could ever measure up to Augustus Waters.

Monica never returns. She’s too shallow and superficially-driven. And if she couldn’t handle Isaac’s blindness before he was even fully blind, what makes you think she could suddenly wake up one morning and realize, “Always.” She doesn’t understand his situation the way Hazel and Gus do. She’s just another teenager who has a good enough life -who is looking in from the outside. Speaking in terms of reality, I don’t think we would get far enough technologically to give Isaac robot eyes before he dies. But even if we do, I fully believe that Isaac was being most serious when he said he would tell the scientists to piss off because he doesn’t want to see a world without Augustus Waters. That’s what best friends are for, right?

As for Hazel’s parents, they swore to her that they would not get divorced. I believe they would have kept this promise, especially since they had so long together to deal with Hazel’s cancer. It never would have been enough (it never is), but I think they have learned how to cope together and so would remain together even after her passing. It is my personal belief that, yes, her mom does become a social worker or counselor of some sort. It would be a way to motivate herself after Hazel was gone. She would truly want to use their experiences to help others since losing people is never easy, and losing children is perhaps the hardest thing people have ever been forced to deal with. I feel horrible saying this, but in my oh-so-humble opinion, their lives would stop revolving around her sickness only when that sickness had claimed her life. They really had no other choice despite Hazel’s irritation at her mom’s hovering nature. They could not very well leave her to function on her own because their own worry would consume them and things could happen (like they did to Gus at the gas station and Hazel when she landed herself in the ICU during the book). Emergencies do not announce themselves, and parents always want to be there for their children. So, they would continue to revolve their lives around her. (Parents’ lives revolve around their children regardless.)

I’d like to think that eventually Van Houten makes a slow and difficult recovery, but I fear that is not how it would happen. He is too set in his ways, and -romanticism aside -people do not change so easily. The book’s commentary wherein it looked as if he was going to set aside the flask (the alcohol; I don’t remember if it was a bottle or a flask) was telling enough; Van Houten continued to drink as I think he would for the rest of his days (eventually his liver would stop working -alcoholism kills too). Lidewij would not return to being his assistant, I believe. The things he said truly were unforgiveable to someone who had not embraced the nature of life and death and illness the way Hazel has. She carries on with her life, I am sure.

Of course they look at Gus’ room. Eventually. They were just in their initial phase of grieving where everything just hurts, so why make it worse by forcing yourself to be in the same space he made his own? It would be too painful a reminder for some time, but as time distanced them from the initial agony of his death, they would find themselves able to enter the room and reminisce about him -to laugh as well as cry. They never get aggravated by their grandchildren. It is (more often than not) in the eyes of their grandparents that children can do no wrong. It’s just a fact of life (though I admit there are special exceptions). Parents reprimand their children but idolize their children’s children.

I know I’m not John Green and that my answers about this are about as good to you as Gus’ would have been about AIA to Hazel, but I hope you can find some solace in them. I fear dear Mr. Green would pull a Van Houten on us and insist that to answer these questions would constitute a sequel (which you could put on the internet -oh wait, we’re already there), which he has no intents of writing.

Also, I’m sorry if I got a little sarcastic or if some of those questions were jokes. I just finished the book (about 24 hours ago) and saw the movie (about 4 hours ago). All that information is buzzing around in my agitated brain, so I just had to answer your questions. Hope I helped and that you’re not upset with me for any strange reason (people get defensive over the smallest things).

Best Regards,
Amelia Melas

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Sohini July 25, 2014 at 12:29 am

Wow….that’s just amazing…your explanation….just like woah, that’s impressive!

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Vanessa Paquet July 18, 2014 at 9:55 pm

Hello John Green. My name is Vanessa Paquet and I live at Rigaud, a lost city in Quebec in Canada. So usually I speak French, but I am also good for speak English. Quickly, I am a 14 year old girl and I go to my secondary 4. I would like to become a nurse or writer. I can describe myself as a person who thought too much and I love to be alone to hear myself think. I often feel lost in my own thoughts like being lost in a place decorated linens smog of not knowing how choose the right decision to leave. I read your book “The fault in our stars” in English and French translated by Catherine Gibert. This is a wonderful book, I loved it! And it is not only just words. How you use the words, how do you describe it all … This is phenomenal. This is the first book I cry so much. Imagine, I read the book in not even 24 hours! I always and always wanted read. And yet I usually read very slowly to understand all the senses. Well, I know that many people you have asked questions, I do not know if you answered them but I will see with mine. What’s happen with Hazel? Is she dead or she was able to survive a little longer? And if she is dead, her parents did to the promise(to do not separate)? Augustus’s parents are they still together? Isaac going well? Met he a new girlfriend? Finally what’s happen with Monica? And her mom did she did something about the history of eggs? Writer Peter Van Houten took over her life or not? And I have more but I will stay here… Can you answer me? But I will understand otherwise… I loved meeting you one day! You are a great writer and you are a perfect model to follow later. Thank you so much, you have a fantastic talent. Vanessa Paquet

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lauren bruce July 18, 2014 at 11:48 pm

Hello. I am Lauren Bruce, and though i am only halfway through The Fault in Our Stars, I (and my friend who loves the book and movie) believe everyone would gladly read it if you were to write An Imperial Affliction. We would love to read The Price of Dawn, as well. Though I know there is no way for this to happen (at least not by your hand) I wish the video games Gus and Hazel and Isaac play were real too. You have an amazing talent, and, as a fellow writer (unpublished as of the moment) I would love some advice on my own writing skills. Though I am young (actual age not revealed for privacy purposes) I am told I have a gift.
Your book is amazing so far, and it seems you have a knack for understanding other peoples’ minds, same age/gender or not. Your characters have a drawing effect, so much so it feels as if you are inside their heads, in the room with them. When I read it feels as if I enter the space Hazel says she enters when she speaks to Gus on the phone.
I believe writing is an art, to be shaped and shared with the world. Like any and all art, if molded carefully, it has the ability to change lives and futures. When one has a talent, it is an art and should be shared with the world. I know you have faced hardships (everyone has) concerning your talent, but I thank you for being brave enough to brave them.
God bless! –Lauren Bruce

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Micaela Catenaccio July 19, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Dear John Green:

My name is Micaela Catenaccio, I have almost 18 years old and live in Argentina.
To begin my English is not very good, will apologize if I write something wrong.
On the one hand I wanted to thank you for making a fascinating history as “The fault in our stars “. I think it’s a great story that makes you think and reflect on many things in life and learn to see it from another point of view, at least it happened to me.
I saw the movie and did not hesitate a second to buy the book, it’s was one day that I bought it and I go for chapter 10 does. I’m so hooked and in love with the story that the truth did not stop reading it, being that while I like read, but I do very often.
My reason which I am writing is to thank you for writing this story and I look forward very soon with another the same essence.
I send my cordial greetings and thanks, so that at some point wanting to you reply to this message and ask a question … What did you call attention to you to write this story? Because at first said to be a fiction invented by you.

From now greetings and success …

Sincerely, Micaela Catenaccio

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camilla voogler July 19, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Dear Mr. John Green,
I know you are probably receiving many letters like this and I would feel honored if you read mine. I apologize in advance if my writing is terrible, I’ve never been good at writing. Your book, The Fault In Our Stars, really helped me through a rough time. My boyfriend, Nolen, died two years ago from leukemia. It has been very rough ever since, I haven’t cried once since he died-not even at his funeral. I just couldn’t bring myself to. I had been looking forward to reading your book for a long time, I finally got it yesterday. After I finished it this morning, I watched the movie. For the first time I cried. I cried, and I cried, and I cried, and as I cried it felt like a huge sadness had been lifted. I guess in a way your my Peter Van Houten.

All I really came to say was thank you. In a way I guess when Nolen died, apart of me died with him. It left an unfillable hole in my heart and my soul, and while its still there I think its starting to heal little by little. It’ll never be the same without him, but it just got a little easier to bear. You gave me hope. Your book inspired me as it did many others. I think its safe to say you have written this generations Romeo and Juliet. :)

Sincerely Grateful,
Camilla Voogler

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John Carlo A. gilana July 20, 2014 at 1:32 am

Hi. My name is Jc. A fan of John Green, especially his oh-so-inspiring book… TFIOS.. Im really glad to write this comment because it seems that doing so will ever complete my experience as a reader.. No. Scratch that… as an OBSESSED READER rather. hahaha.. I just wanted to be like hazel grace who wrote an email to peter van Houten just to know something between the events of AIA… Will there be ever another story as hot as TFIOS?? Please do have.. Continue inspiring Mr. Green especially us Filipino youths..

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shane July 20, 2014 at 7:24 am

Does tfios Isaac happen to have a last name I’d appreciate it if you answered me. Don’t Van Houten me please. Thanks.

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Natasha July 20, 2014 at 9:27 am

Hello Mr. John Green! I loved your book. She is awesome! “The Fault in Our Stars” for me, as for Hazel Grace “King’s illness.” I admire the love of the characters. You convey a sense of the characters. I cried and laughed at the time when I read a book. I really wonder what happened to Hazel then? What ubdet with her cancer? If she dies? What will happen to the parents of Augustus? What will happen to Isaac? Will Hazel communicate with your friend? Will we love Hazel? Will Isaac girl? Why is this history is similar to the “King’s illness”? But now I just want to tell you that you killed a part of me. Augustus and Hazel is a part of me. Why did you kill Augustus? You are cruel towards heroes .. But I love you. Your fan Natasha.

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Maxine Lunt July 20, 2014 at 10:51 am

Dear Mr. Green,

I know it’s a long shot that you will actually read this comment but a girl can hope, right? I just finished reading THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. I purchased it yesterday and this is the first time I have ever read willingly and finished so quickly. My family says I hate reading but in all honesty I just hate reading bad book. Deciding to purchase your book was one of the best ideas I’ve had because it made me extremely grateful for my health and families health. I have had many family members with Cancer but they all survived and I have not yet lost someone I have deeply cared about. I am scared for when that day comes but hope I can act as well as Hazel.

ps. this book has some killer quotes!

Yours truly,
Maxine Lunt (15)

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Stephanie Grace July 20, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Dear Mr. Green, Just wanted to share something with you that took over 3 years to get out… and you’re the reason I could finally say something.

About three years ago, I was challenged to write about something typically thought of as depressing in a humorous or lighthearted way. Easy, I thought. I had the perfect topic, and I sat down to write. For some reason, the words I put down didn’t come across as funny when I read them back to myself. In fact, I usually ended up feeling incredibly sad or incredibly angry. I decided it was all too fresh. I should take a little while and come back to it. So, a few months later, I tried again. Still a total failure. I thought that maybe the problem was the style of the piece, so I took out my sketchbook and started creating something more in the style of a graphic novel. It’s not that comics are inherently funnier because I’ve read some pretty serious graphic novels, and drawing something doesn’t automatically make it less serious. It was actually because the topic was easier to express for me in a visual way which was pretty ironic. See, I was trying to write the story of my eye disease and future blindness. Super fun, huh? But yeah, there’s a lot of visual humor in that, so I switched it up. A few pages in, I stopped again. Still not right. (And it wasn’t entirely due to my drawing skills.) In freshman year of college, a dorm friend and I always joked, “It’s all fun and games till somebody loses an eye.” We said it ALL the time… until once he said it to a girl who’d lost an eye and then the phrase lost a lot of its appeal. Things are always funnier when the joke’s not on you. But that wasn’t even why I couldn’t write. I actually thought a lot of it WAS hilarious.

—It’s funny that my principal at the time dreamed up pep assemblies where she made the teachers compete to earn rewards for their classes. Funnier still that every single challenge involved sight. Once we had to throw footballs through moving hula hoops. Very exciting challenge for me since my eyes sometimes see double or triple images. I got it through one of the hoops every time, just not one that counted (or existed). Another time we did an Easter egg hunt in the gym. All I can say is I had such a sweet class that year; they didn’t even complain every time I lost.
—It’s funny that I’m fluent in sign language. Gonna be really useful.
—It’s funny that a lot of my bolder fashion choices were actually just me not being able to tell colors apart. To be fair, I don’t know why I continue to keep the black and blue tights, socks, pants, etc. together. You start not to care that much about those kind of things. No more bad hair days— at least not that I noticed.
—It’s funny that I really love to watch and play sports where you need to be able to see. When I first moved out here to TN, I used to spend a lot of time watching golf and tennis with my parents, only at the time I couldn’t see the ball at all. Imagine for a moment watching Wimbledon without ever being able to see the ball. It’s kind of thrilling because you never know what direction the players might go. It’s also not.
—It’s funny when you’re in a choir and you’re told to be careful of your facial expression, but you’re really just trying to see the words and notes. I have gotten really good at memorizing and at using my ears a lot more.
—It’s funny when you’re at a meeting with people from the state of CA and your principal unexpectedly asks you to read from a document you’ve never seen, and the font is maybe 8 pt, so you look like a teacher who doesn’t know how to read.
—It’s funny when someone thinks you’re giving them a look and you can’t even actually see their face. (“I doubt that she gave you the stink-eye. That’s just the way her face looks; that’s just her face.”)

So, there’s a lot of things that make me laugh about it either because of the irony or just the silliness of it. Other people don’t laugh so much. I think they are (a) worried I’ll be offended, (b) they don’t think I really think it’s funny, or (c) they feel sorry for me. I don’t know… personally I’d rather laugh. Sight and sense of humor aren’t connected. But as far as writing it in a funny way… well, I can’t. I can live it and find the joy, but in print, it’s not the same. That’s why I LOVED the character Isaac in The Fault In Our Stars. (Yes, this again.) The author John Green manages to make you laugh in the midst of things that actually hurt. Isaac’s not the main character, but he’s mainly the reason I’m finally able to get this out. He goes blind (this is not ruining the book, I promise!!!) and it’s sort of heartbreaking but also not. It’s awesomely realistic and there’s moments that are so very funny. The focus isn’t on Isaac, but obviously I related to him. I’m in better shape than Isaac. About 2 years ago, I had a surgery that’s slowed everything down, and I have these cool contacts that let me see things I haven’t seen in years! I so can’t wait to see my CA friends again and find out what you all really look like! Anyway, today after seeing the movie again, I just wanted to write something down. It’s hard to tell people. I’ve hinted to some. A few I’ve told, and it can be kind of awkward. I’m just so horrible with overly sentimental things. I figure this is good because how many people actually read all this? I know FB is not for posts this long, but I’m not good at long-term things like blogs, so this will have to do. So, yeah… this is not the hilarious piece I had in mind three years ago, but what you see is what you get. (Sorry, there are way too many good sight-punny-phrases for me not to at least include one.)

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hazel waters July 21, 2014 at 10:38 pm

are you a banana

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Ariel Green July 20, 2014 at 10:50 pm

Hi John Green. Yesterday I finished reading your novel “The Fault In Our Stars”. I just want to thank you for writing such an amazing piece. After reading it I felt as if all my senses are refreshed. Life seems to have a new and mesmerising aura to it. I am so grateful for the life I have. I am currently studying medicine and it has always been a dream of mine to have my own support group like the one Hazel went to. I think I can be a better Patrick (wink). This novel brought back that dream which got buried under the huge pile of books that I have to study. Thank you again.

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Lucy July 21, 2014 at 11:01 am

Hello John,

I am from Czech republic, so I am sorry for some mistakes in this text. I read The fault in our stars and Looking for Alaska. And I cried. A lot. Maybe it’s weird, but I cried the most for Alaska, more than for Augustus. Weird, right? I don’t even know, about this text is. I just wanted to write you and I hope you will read this. And thank you, your a Nicholas Spark’s books are the best books in the world. Again, sorry for mistakes. And sorry for this text abou “nothing”.

Your Czech fan, Lucie.

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Karol-Ann July 21, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Hi M. Green!

I have some question for you about the fault in our star.. The first one, does Hazel survive? And if not, when does she died? Do Izaak and Monica will be together again? My friend and me think that Hazel and Izaak still be together… Is it truth?? I really love your book, I read it 10 time I think… And the movie is my favorite one!! It’s explain well what sick people feel and I understand them better now!! I’m excited to read your other book!!

I hope there will be a seconds book of this one…

Karol-Ann

Sorry for my english, I’m not very good :)

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Dyl July 22, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Dear Mr. Green

Maybe I sounds annoying for you. But I do admit that I’m really annoying.
You don’t see and read my tweet and also my comment on your website. And that’s make me really desperate and stressful.
Hoping that I have your personal email, since the emails that you post on your website are not your personal email and have their own functions (?)

I’ve read four from your six novels (if I’m right). I love all of them. But, the last novel that I read was Paper Towns, and seems like I’m so in love with that novel, Quentin, Margo and all of the friends. I don’t know how to tell you. But seriously, maybe I’m just hoping too much to ask you about everything and you’ll reply all my question. But, please I’m in the need to know the answers and curiosities.
Too much things on my mind after I read Paper Towns. And I do can’t stop thinking about the sequel of that novel.

So here’s some question that I hope you would like and don’t mind to answer these :
1. What happen in the future between Q and Margo?
2. Do they meet every summer?
3. Do they write for each other?
4. Do they in the kind-of relationship?
4. Do Margo never going to go home anymore and traveling to all the place she want?
5. Do Q just gonna go to college and will never go and see Margo in the future?

And there’s still a bunch of question that cross on my mind. But those 5 are the most question that I really need the answer.
Maybe, I annoy your privacy about the original story or whatever you call it, about if I ask those question it would ruin the perfection of the original, but I can’t stop myself not to think about those questions, I can’t stop all of the questions to stop cross my mind everynight. I just can not do that!

So please, my detest favorite writer Mr. Green. Please. Help me! I really need your answer.

If I only can ask the genies to take me to America and meet you, but in the fact, I don’t have any genies and thanks to God I’m not in the condition of having cancer. And I can’t beg my parents to spend their money for me to fly to America and meet you. It cost too much. I have two brothers that way younger than me. So I can’t be such an egoist daughter.

Maybe I sound selfish and just like Hazel grace. I don’t care. I am me and I’m really curios. You did this to me. Your magical Paper Towns book have make me too desperate yet curious.

Thank you Mr. Green. Thank you. I would really appreciate everything if you answer all my curiosities.

-Dyl. 19yo. From Indonesia-

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Leah Buren (14 years) July 22, 2014 at 7:09 pm

Hi John Green,

First of all, I’m dutch so my English is not that good.. Hope you understand this.
And I hope you’re not a ‘Peter van Houten’. I mean, I hope you read this instead of ignore all this or not even read this. I trust you.

Then, I thought much times of me writing this ‘email?’ and in every thought I would thank you for ruin my life with your great great great Books and movie.
I red The fault in our stars dutch version 2,5 times and 22 July I bought the original version. I also saw the movie and I’m defiantly buying the DVD as soon as possible!
And I’m going to read the books so much times till I get over the dead of Augustus and over the fact I don’t have a boyfriend. (Same thing for the movie) Hahaha.

You also inspired me with your work. I love to write, my friends call me addicted to Facebook because of the many updates. I tried to write books but it didn’t work out because after a while I’m not inspired in books, movies or fantasy anymore.
And your book is different, I’m still inspired and I want to write write write write write!! Maybe can you help me a little? If you want, but if you do it would be amazing! A few tips and maybe a little advice?
And can I use your name for some things like ” .. It was John Green who brought me at the idea.” (Translated I think I’m going to write it Dutch because.. My English. You probably noticed ;) )

I have a few questions for you:
1. Why was the dead of Augustus not in ‘details’ or the eight days before? I know there is not much to write about the moment when Augustus dies, but what happened in those eight days!?

2. Did they cut scenes out the movie? Because the book had
more details than the movie, for example in the book Hazel is going to Augustus before A’dam but in de movie Augustus is happy in a limo!? And hazel knows the understanding ‘I am a time bomb.’ In the movie she just knows it, in the books she read on the Facebook page of Augustus’ girlfriend (who also wasn’t in the movie) ” You are gone but we still have your wounds” something like that I can’t remember it that good.

3. Do you like the Netherlands? :D I don’t live in Amserdam but when I am there the only thing I can see is people a lot.. And me holding my bag scared of someone who wants my money or what ever.
But in your book it sounds so beautiful.. I couldn’t believe it.

4. Are you going to write Hazel’s fave book, written by Peter van Houten, because I am curious how that story would be.

More I don’t know..
I hope you read this and you understand this.
Can’t wait for an answer!

Greets from Leah Buren
Netherlands

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Millena Cavalari Camargo July 22, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Hello John, glad my name is Millena Cavalari Camargo’m from Brazil and I’m 15. Well I wanted to thank you for bringing me into the world of reading. Before I hated reading could not pick up a book to read or read when it took months and months to complete and now I miss read. I started reading TFIOS and then I could not stop reading because they are WONDERFUL. I just read ALL your books and want to tell you which are the best in the world seriously, can seem “cliche” because the world says so. I know you should get lots and lots of emails and comments from fans but I felt obligated to thank you for showing me how good it is to read. And now I’m in love with books. Well that’s it and again thank you very

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Kriti July 23, 2014 at 6:40 am

Hello, Mr. Green, it was just another day when I was going through newspaper for some book reviews. It has been a drought for complete 5 months & I haven’t got a right book to read (last was gone with the winds). I suddenly saw a book named “The fault in our stars”. I was not sure what this book was about yet fascinated by the name I bought it & believe me I didn’t move a inch before finishing it.

I am senior at high school, while everyone around me tend to gossip about gadgets and science. I am always standing to admire the world around me. I myself have written a novel.
The best part about your novel is that protagonist is always admiring some author or poet like I am in love with John Keats. :)

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Cormont July 23, 2014 at 7:35 pm

John Green,
I already wanted to apologize for my English, I’m French.
Your book is definitely the best I’ve never read,
Your book is wonderfully written, I cried a lot I admit.
I would like to know why you’d decide that Gus will die and not Hazel?
Thank you for writing this book, I would read dozens of times even if I moved up to the point.
Bye :)

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Arubarna Dasgupta July 24, 2014 at 6:42 am

Dear Mr. Green,
My name is Arubarna Dasgupta (17 yrs). I just finished reading your book, The Fault In Our Stars, and I couldn’t help but write this letter to you. Truth be told, this is the first book of yours that I have read; and I only picked up this book after reading the critics’ reviews in the papers about the movie they made out of The Fault In Our Stars. Since I infinitely prefer a book to a movie, I purchased the book and read it.
I am a reader, Mr. Green. I like to read books. Among the books that I have read so far in the genre of general fiction, there have only been two books that have brought tears to my eyes: one was Love Story by Erich Segal, and the other was Numbers by Rachel Ward. Sir, your book did not make me cry. What it did was make me change my point of view of the world, and the people in it. I’m not saying that I’ve become a better person now, but that this book of yours served to me as a torchlight throwing light upon a new direction of my thoughts.
For this I am truly grateful to the frontal lobe of your cerebrum that has given birth to this genius of a book.
Some of the philosophies of Hazel and Gus in the book are identical to mine, which makes me feel closer to the book. For instance Hazel’s pride in not knowing what is ‘cool’ is something I can identify myself with.
Gus’ metaphor of not giving the cigarette the power to kill him and Hazel’s fear of becoming a grenade- and the parts of the book that illustrated these ideas were, according to me, the strongest parts of the book, emotionally.
‘Desperately Lonely Swing Set Needs Loving Home’- I would like to see the swing set that earned this wonderful description in your book, Sir.
The image that you have brought out in this book is realistic, it is practical. Allow me to quote a line from your book that has stuck to me quite firmly, “You don’t get to choose whether you get hurt in this world. But you do have a say in who hurts you.”
Thank you Sir, for showing a few people, such as myself, the truer picture of life as well as of death, and thus bursting the little bubble of fantasy that we tend to live inside of.
Tomorrow I will watch the movie they made out of The Fault In Our Stars, for I am interested to see how they have treated the book in the silver screen. And so, before I get biased, I have written this letter to you, because a childish review of the movie of your book will mean hardly anything to you whereas a letter of gratitude in respect of your book might at least earn a glance.
Thank you, once again.
Yours truly
Arubarna Dasgupta

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Michalina July 24, 2014 at 9:28 am

Good Morning!
At the beginning I would like to apologize for my English because it is not because I’m too advanced polka. I just finished reading the book “The fault in our stars”, I think this book is great!!! I can not forget about the book, is really incredible. I have a few questions and I wonder what is the answer. Can you answer it?
I wonder what happened to Hazel, and died? What about Isaac, and recover sight by some mechanical eye? Did it Isaac and Hazel will be more likely to visit and support? Is Hazel maintained contacts with the family, Gus? These things I wonder. Very please reply to my questions.
Regards

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Adriana Orendain July 24, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Dear Peter Van Houten.

Maybe I’m from of the another world…

(Sorry for my spanish)

Si, la idea de escribirle a usted es gracias a el desgraciado que es Peter Van Houten, no obstante el merito de semejante culpa es mio.

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”Unos infinitos son mas grandes que otros” dice Peter Van Houten. ¿Sera verdad?… Tal vez.

En mi mundo las cosas son tan diferentes. A menudo me pregunto si mi mentalidad estuvo conectada con la suya. No puedo decir que haya leido todos sus libros, a muy pesar mio, pero e podido disfrutar de la obra maestra que es ”The fault in our stars”.

”Soy una granada…” dijo Hazel. Mis emociones explotaron al presenciar y ser testigo de sus palabras. Tanto sus personajes como su aire emocional. El personaje de Hazel se asemeja tanto a mi subconsiente, como la adorable Leduwij, no por el echo de su enfermedad, evidentemente, sino por… la similitud que hay entre este infinito y el mio. Pero lamento decir que fue el personaje que mas odio de su obra.

”Seria un placer que me rompiese el corazon…” Le dijo Augutus a Hazel. Augustus. Como adoro a ese pequeño bastardo. Es sin duda uno de mis personajes estelares. Tanto su forma de ver las cosas como su mentalidad y actitud. Le aporta ese toque humoristico al libro que hace que todo de un giro de 180º. Augustus no me enamoro. Me cautivo.
Al igual que yo pretende dejar esa huella en las personas, como la viruela, u enfermedades de por vida.

”El olvido.” Dijo Augustus. Peter Van Houten. Asqueroso desgraciado insensible… Y el mejor personaje que e presenciado hasta ahora. Su filosofia es tan extrema que el deja vu que vivo ante ella parece tan real como la propia Hazel.

”Okay? Okay.” No le agradecere por haber escrito el libro, en mi opinion seria una muerte segura respecto a ser un buen lector.

Nos vemos en otra vida…

Adriana lives in our stars.

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Nathalie Okdeh July 24, 2014 at 7:13 pm

Dear John Green,
I’d like to thank you for writing such amazing books. I’ve read ‘The Fault In Our Stars” and to say I’ve been obsessing over it lately. Just like another person that have read your book. I’m also reading your other book ‘Looking for Alaska’ which is a really good book. I honestly never get bored of reading what you write. Since I’ve read these two books you’ve been my inspiration. I already had that hobby of writing but I wrote like useless or pointless stories. I didn’t even share them with anybody, not even my friends. I took it as a hobby, you know. But after reading your books, not all of them, I decided to actually go over my dream. I want to be a good writer. I want to write books and publish them. My dream is to be like you. You inspired me. But to be honest, I know at that age (I’m 13,,,14 in a month) I won’t put my hopes too high. I don’t want to like be a good writer and stuff from now, which is impossible. I just want to start practicing. Like start writing from now and then when I’ll be older I’ll just study ‘writing’ as my second job in case it didn’t work. I just want some tips. When I read I try to focus on how you write what technic you follow etc… But I’d really be more thankful and overwhelmed with happiness if you actually give me some advice. I just want to start “building my dream” or “take the first step” towards my dream. Maybe that’s kind of childish asking you for such thing at this age I’d really love to start writing from now so my skills will improve, hopefully, throughout the years. It would mean the world to me if you actually respond to this.
Much Love, Nathalie Okdeh.

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tammy alshanfari July 24, 2014 at 10:27 pm

Hi Mr. Green,

This may be a bit long, and horribly written(Since I suck at grammar and its 6:08 am and I haven’t slept yet). But I’d love for your eyes to get hooked into this long comment.
I am rather just a 13 year old, that fangirls over The Fault in Our Stars, but seriously Im more than that. After I read Tfios, I fell in love with you, as an author. I swear I keep reading Tfios all the time when I’m just feeling sick or even happy with a cup of tea(Like all books I read). I’ve never liked books until 5th grade and I’m in 8th grade now so yeah…Anyways back to the comment. Last year(7th grade) I was just like Alaska, other than the porn and Alaska being Alaska, I did pranks on teachers, I got in trouble, and for the first time I cut my wrists(I stopped I swear), I just got that deep depression.
I want you to answer me questions, Im not asking Im giving orders(jk).
Q: I have heard my favorite book Looking For Alaska will be made a movie, is it true? And certainly when?
Q: What made you into writing? (Mine is tea, when I drink tea I want to write and read)
Q: Will you please come to Oman?

Anyways John, thanks for making those books that i keep reading when i have certain moods, Im really really great full that you actually exist. As I went through all the ups and downs in my life, your books made me get off the world and read till 6:08(currently reading Looking For Alaska once more) I know its impossible for you to come all the way in Oman, and its for sure maybe impossible for me to come to the states and meet you. Even though i go to an american school and sort of have to go to a college in the states but you’d be like what? 40 something… no difference though…
I live allllllllll the way in Oman(Look it up), we do have some authors that come for visits such as one great author Laurie Halse Anderson and I know you met her :). If you could will ya come this year? please? Where we live is pretty pretty, but to be honest theirs few schools and you could come to ours :) Coz we all love you. If you do come I’m sorry if Id be stalking you, also in Oman we barely have anyone well known around the world(BARELY) like seriously :(
Please email me those questions :) Although I have a feeling you’ll never read this.
Oh by the way you’re in my bucket list, I want to read all your books and certainly meet you. And definitely would love for you to read my books and I write in Wattpad, My dream to become an author <3
My email: chillaxtammy@gmail.com (just like when peter van houten emailed hazel back and she got all excited make it happen to me :)
P.s I won't stalk you :P
P.p.s we should keep in touch.

With all my love and my sleepiness,
Tammy :)

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Violet Szabo July 25, 2014 at 12:13 am

Dear John Green,
I realize that this has little to do with your books but my friend Taylor is moving from Reno to Vegas in about a week and a half. He was talking to me about all of the things that were stressing him out. I to him to write a list of things that help him for when he gets to Vegas. I am helping him move into his new place and I thought maybe having some happy things there already would help him. This is the first time that he will be out if his parents house and on his own so you probably realize how scary it can be for a person to be on their own for the fist time away from your family and all your friends. Anyway, on his list was a pep talk from you. He looks up to you so much, (as do I) and we bonded over the fault in our stars. That book is how we became friends. He is one of the greatest people I know and is extremely wonderful. I know you are busy with your travels and everything, but if you could possibly write a little something to help him realize that everything will be alright both of us will be forever greatful.
Thank you so much for everything you do and all of your amazing books, (They all have helped me quite a bit) And also thank you for the amazing friend I have made through the fault in our stars,
Yours truly,
Violet Szabo

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Carolina Garcia July 25, 2014 at 9:33 am

Dear John Green,

My name is Caroline and I’m 16. I’m from Spain and English is not my thing. These days I’ve been thinking a lot about his book and went back to reread many sections that I liked a lot. The first time I read “The Fault in Our Stars” I have cried a lot but no longer sufficient to continue crying tears.

On one hand, I have been translating quite a few letters that have cast readers like me (not all), not to repeat the same questions. But I think it goes without question, because if you think there may be more than one answer, or as you may know that may happen later.

On the other hand, will I have to confess that I have not been an avid reader since childhood, I do not like reading until one day one proferosa said, ‘try to read a book and if you do not like it and choose another!’. I think it worked but I had to choose one, loved the book (“Cliff House”). From that day I love reading.

I have him to thank for writing this wonderful book! I liked it. I have to tell you that you have done a great effort in writing it. Reading the book I thought that there was “an imperial pain” but it does not. I was looking if there was much to be.

Finally I have to ask you two things and thank three things:

The two things that I ask is that I can only answer this letter or know that to read, knowing he has a lot of work. I have to thank you that you have cast me really enjoy this book, thank you that you have motivated me to read more and finally of being able to write to thank a wonderful writer.

Sincerely,
Caroline Garcia

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Laura Casado July 25, 2014 at 10:06 am

Dear John Green,
I am one of your many fans who you write to waiting to receive any response. But I have no hope. I think that the writers not answers to messages because we are many, but I also believe that then you have this bad habit of Van Houten. 14 months ago I started to read The fault in our stars, after that I reread it and then took the film. Let me tell you, John, you’re a killer of hopes. I had a huge depression. I have it and I will have it forever. That is unfair, I cried, you do not know how much. One day, when I was re-reading the book in class, at the school, came the part where Gus dies. I made the ridiculous, John. I was like a moron because you wanted that Augustus Waters has died, and that is simply unfair. You are speaking to us of life and all that and suddenly, you kill him! That should be illegal.
Well, we continue; now I’ve started to read Paper towns and I think that you have an obsession with sadness and hope. You smash our dreams and still you are a real and damn genius who writes books that are in all the libraries of the world, and I swear by God, that when I go and see your books come me eager to catch them and run away without paying. I know that this message will review it before by one of your administrators or something like that (Hello, Mr Manager) and I know that maybe not published my message because it is too horrible and real. I also know that you don’t answer every message or almost none. Any writer does it. When you talked about Van Houten gave me the feeling that you were describing what you thought: that they are only characters, which is fiction, etc. I’m afraid that, even though we already know it, that tell us that, it hurts. A lot. John Green, you are a fucking genius which gives us false hopes, as Van Houten gave to Hazel. You use us like paper people in a world of paper hanging from an only one thread , as you say. You drive to your fans. You are the person that holds the thread and that moves to your fans. You’re a genius, John Green, an authentic genius. I hope to have a little lucky to be able to cross the Atlantic Ocean and go and be able to find you in Indianapolis only to ask you for an autograph and a picture.
Dear destroyer genius,
keep doing what you do, creating new worlds for us.
Kind regards
One of your many desperate Fans called Laura.

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rebecca holderbaum July 25, 2014 at 5:51 pm

This is not a dear John blah blah blah foot note. Its not a thank you for writing a novel that gets lost within rows of other novels on the shelves of libraries. I am going to start by saying congratulations on creating a place between pages and pen that young readers can indulge their need for fear and comedy and hope in a story.

I appreciate what you have accomplished in the book titled “The Fault in Our Stars.” You not only delivered a magnificent piece of work.(this being the first of yours that I have had the silence in life to enjoy), but actually making me remember what it was like to visit the funeral home of many of my friends that have passed away.

With tears in my eyes I express to you (as you should well know, being a writer and all..) that it is exceptionally difficult to portray a picture in a novel that actually allows people to feel.. to follow the characters as imitations of people in real life. To bring that hard, inescapable emotion into a book and have it felt ..well.. I look forward to reading more.

RLH

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Catrina July 26, 2014 at 8:41 am

Dear Mr.Green,

The Fault In Our Stars was grand! Right now I’m reading An Abundance of Katherines. I kinda feel bad for Colin. He has a thing for Katherines, but none of his relationships seem to work out so far. I like that you put the definition of some words at the bottom because I was clueless at some. I’m going to read Paper Towns soon.

I was wondering if you could help my friend and I. We are making a Youtube and we are going to become Booktubers. We will be doing all kinds of reviews of books. I was wondering if you could send us books or give us advice.

Sincerely,
Catrina C.

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Tanusree July 26, 2014 at 11:04 am

Dear John Green,

Tanusree from London. I’m alive and in love.

I have watched the film 3 weeks ago. Currently on the page of your book where Hazel just read the eulogy at Agustus’s funeral. I’m delaying to read the last 60 pages on purpose as I never want this journey with Hazel and Augustus to end, ever.
To meet Augustus, is all I wish for.
Thank you for waking up the reader in me through The fault in our stars.
Tanu

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Valentine Duval July 26, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Dear Mr. Green,

I just ended The Fault In Our Stars and I want to thank you because, with 313 pages of an amazing book, you changed my life. I don’t know if you’ll read this but I hope you will. I can’t stop thinking about Hazel’s obsession with An Imperial Affliction and with what happened to Anna and the other characters. The truth is that I’m feeling like Hazel right now. I know that many writers make open-ended books so their readers can imagine what happened to the characters according to what makes them happy or sad or what they think is the most realistic way to answer all the questions they have…but I can’t. I have kind of meaningful conclusions but I am not convinced by them. Let’s just say that you are like the God (or the something with a capital S) of the characters of tfios because you created them and even though everybody can imagine a future for them you are the only one who knows exactly what happened to them and the only one that can imagine it. I guess Hazel died because she was terminal but when? did she lived her life and enjoyed to be a teenager? Did she had a new boyfriend? or maybe there was this kind of miracle that phalanxifor did and Hazel survived? (well, this is very optimistic but we never know…) What was the reaction of Monica when she saw her car? Did Isaac finally found true love? What happened to Van Houten?

Your franco-colombian fan Valentine who is sorry if there are misspellings in this comment :)

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Joseph Wrightson July 27, 2014 at 12:27 am

Dear Mr.Green,

I just finished reading The Fault in Our Stars. I read non-stop for the past 2 days. Your book was amazing and you’re such an inspirational writer. In 313 pages you have inspired me. My only problem was that… You never finished writing the book. I have some questions if you don’t mind answering them.

1. What happens to Hazel? Does she survive through her long and painful fight with cancer and her tumours, or does she die of the disease or another cause.

2. If it is so that Hazel survives, does she find true love again like she did with Augustus?

3. Do the Lancaster family stay in Indianapolis or do they move to the sunny shores of California?

4. And do Hazel’s parents stay as a Married couple or do they become another divorcee?

I know I’m just another nobody that no one knows nor cares about and I’ll most likely just get lost in your comment section. There must be more past the last page it can’t just all end with ‘I do.’

Yours sincerely,
Joseph Wrightson
New Zealand

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Belle Gordy July 27, 2014 at 3:04 am

Hi,
I love the book and movie of Fault in our Stars. And like many others including Hazel, want to know what happens, I know most sequels are never as good as the original but what happens to everyone just like imperial of affliction but Van houten kinda wants to resolve that with hazel in the car right? And couldn’t hazel have been pregnant or something and make that a sequels, it would make such a cute story and then Isaac help her raise the kid or something along those lines? And hazels mom a social worker?? Now I know how Hazel and Gus felt!;)

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Kaan Sandikci July 27, 2014 at 5:39 am

Dear Mr.Green i came at Germany and my english is not very god but I love your Books and The Film So i Wish me a Countinue on the Film the Schiksal is a lousy traitor well and a Autogramm The Film was Perfect so I Wish me a Autogramm and A Coutinue on the film

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Jodi Sampson July 27, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Dear Mr. Green,
I had heard about your book, The Fault In Our Stars, as a great book for summer reading. I was apprehensive to read the book with my son, Michael, as he was diagnosed with a brain tumor at 22 months and given 6 months to live, he is now 18!!! Due to his illness, he is unable to read such a book on his own, but is able to comprehend and understand it. So we sat down and read it together.

So much of what Hazel and Gus talked about, Michael could relate to.Being constantly looked over by doctors and parents, pricked with needles that make you feel like a pin cushion and so on. Many times as I read to Michael he was smiling or laughing as he heard himself in so much of what Hazel and Gus felt.

The best part about the book is it gave Michael and I time to talk about so many things, through reading the book, and not so much directed to him. As if we were talking about his feelings and thoughts through Hazel and Gus.

To love and be loved is something I cherish as I go through life with Michael. We have many days, that are not so great, yet when the days are good they are great! As Hazel stated we only know love and happiness if we experience loss and sadness.

Thank you for a great book, story and insight into the many children that live with a life threatening disease and still have a great life and if they leave us early, leave us a great legacy to continue to live with!

The Face of a Miracle, is a non fiction book about Michael’s journey,if you have time, please read it! I would be honored.
Best Regards,
Jodi Sampson

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Paige July 28, 2014 at 12:55 am

Hi John!,
I’ve got just one question to you,
For the first I wanna tell you, that the book Lokking For Alaska is P.E.R.F.E.C.T.. I finished reading yesterday. I have to admit, I cried to much when Alaska died..:D
That question is.. Is Miles Halter real? Or Alaska Young?
I just wanna know it ‘couse I think I fall in love with Miles:D
You did good job with this book.And I love it more than TFIOS. ♥

I wish you so much luck on your life, and I hope, that Looking For Alaska will be continue!!!! ♥
Paige :)

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