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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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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