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.

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Sharon Hope March 5, 2016 at 3:54 pm

Mr. Green,
I just watched “The Fault in our Stars.” What struck me was not just the movie or the emotions I felt or the tears I cried. What moved me was the beautiful way you have of putting words together, the gift you have to be profound in a strong, quiet way.

Thank you for sharing your gift. We are better for it.

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Robbie Lettieri March 5, 2016 at 7:44 pm

Hi John. First off I want to thank you for you’re incredible use of language. I feel that language is a lie. Possibly human kinds biggest weapon. But your use brings me to tears in each book I’ve read. Ironically, I read Looking for Alaska while I was in a psychiatric hospital after attempting suicide. I didn’t know what the book was about but something drew me to buy the book the day after I was let out of the regular hospital once I woke up. I had no idea what it was about, or the impact that I would make in the deepest parts of my soul. Luckily I was able to buy the book after I got the ‘normal’ hospital being that my parents signed me out AMA because they didn’t want me to go to the psych unit at Brooklyn Hospital. I thought I was in the clear but wound up being admitted the day after at LIJ Zucker Hillside Psychiatric Center. My mom told me she was taking me on a vacation- made me pack my suit case and all. Well, lets just say it was a different type of vacation.
While I was in the hospital, I wrote a note because I was going to attempt again once I got out and you were on my thank you list. It’s been almost a year since my last attempt, and I honestly don’t think I will ever try again. When God wants me, he’ll take me. I don’t want to get in His way. But I have quite a back story that I don’t know how to handle. My past has haunted me every day of my life since I had the brain surgery that saved my life. I’m 21 years old and when I was 16 I had a procedure called Deep Brain Stimulation. The surgery would consist in the implantation of two battery like pace makers in my abdomen with wires that run up to my brain, and keep it from attacking itself.
As a child I had Tourettes Syndrome. At least that’s what the doctors would label the base of my diagnosis. I had seizures, and tics that would last for hours until I would have to be medically induced into a come in order to basically paralyze my brain. I broke almost every bone in my body by the time I was 15 due to the violent ‘tics’. Doctors still don’t know exactly what it is because they’ve never seen anything like it. I have hallucinated my entire life. Visual and auditory. I believed I saw the Devil following me. He made me do very bad things. He would tell me very bad, scary, vile things. It sounds crazy, and I know that this wasn’t the truth in the reality of post sickness, but I do believe that this universe is home to more than just what we can see.
From the time I was about 7 or 8 years old up until I had the surgery on January 31st, 2011, my body didn’t belong to me. It was possessed by something greater than our comprehension. When I woke up to a body in my control, it was something I could not recognize. It was beyond surreal. To be able to move my hand when I wanted to, or be able to control my thoughts without them flowing out of my mouth. Now that my physical symptoms are at bay, the psychological symptoms have amplified. I have now been diagnosed as a Schizoaffective Bipolar Manic Depressive. Honestly, I think it’s a bunch of bull shit. It seems like doctors/people in general just want to categorize anything that they don’t understand so that they can pretend they do understand it.
April 2015 was the last time I saw and heard the black figure. I now see orbs, auras, and clouds of light and darkness. It used to scare me. I mean, shit, wouldn’t it scare you if you thought you were a vessel to the other side of life? This thought consumed me to the point where I was willing to die in order to find the truth behind my question- an answer to my questionable existence.
There is so much I want to say. So much I want to share. I write down experiences and have started writing a book but I’m too afraid to draw out what I have ben trying so hard to let go of. The truth is that I feel I won’t be able to move on until I have shined a light on all of the shadows that fog my past.
Would you possibly be willing to help me get my story out? You are the only person who I trust to write the words of my life. I would love to write it with you. This is probably just going to be a silent shout into the void of all of your fan mail, but if by any chance you do read this, even if you aren’t interested in my story, please know that you have changed my life. I don’t know what my last words will be and I don’t necessarily want to, but hopefully the darkness that has haunted me can one day amount to something beautiful.

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Hi John green I’m no one important. I don’t have cancer and I don’t have a huge reason for writing you; I am just a high school student living in Wyoming. I have read all of your books and have read the fault in our stars countless numbers of times. Your an inspiration to me. Your way of writing, the clever word play you use when writing. It’s like you’ve become the character as you’ve read the book. I have been writing stories since I can ever remember. For about two years now, I have decided to take my writing to the next level and write a book. To be honest, it hard and at times I have thrown my iPad aside, struggling because I can’t find the right words or I don’t know what or why I’m even writing this. It’s a struggle because I used to start writing a story and never finish it. I’d love to hear some of your ideas and try to see things in a different perspective. If you ever get the time, please email me at taylorwoodford@yahoo.com by the way if you write another book or are thinking about writing a book. You should consider finishing the writing an imperial affliction. I have fallen in love with a book I haven’t even read. Do it for your fans!

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dear John green ,
my name is Liam Mcguinness I’ve read lots of your books and I’ve found them very interesting and I wanted to ask if you would ever consider a sequel.I’m so curios about your characters for example does Quentin ever see Margo again or does hazel ever meet someone else, these questions are eating me alive . I would also like to say thank you for giving us these amazing books to read and enjoy. It would also be great to read any new books to come in the future.

your sincerely Liam Mcguinness

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Jessica March 12, 2016 at 3:00 am

Hello,

I’ve just finished reading all of your books, I’ve re-read a few of them. I just would like to know when to expect any new novels that will be hopefully coming out to buy?

I just can’t believe you’d stop after only a handful of published novels, so I’m going to leave it to a possible fate that you are indeed writing as I type this.

I enjoyed all of your books I may add, I partially enjoyed reading Let It Snow, I actually just minutes ago finished reading it.

I’d like to know what actually happened to Stuart and Jubilee, did she go back home? on the train? Did their little Christmas romance last beyond? Since they’re living hours apart, how did it end? Or how’d it keep going? What happened to Jubilee’s ex? Did they talk through things when she got back? Did they end up back together?
Did Jubilee’s parents get released from jail? Did they end up with the Elves House? Did the train finally make it to Florida? Did Jubilee end up visiting her grandparents in Florida?

Not to mention, how did Angie and her new bf go? Did they last? How did their friendship go? Did their friendship last? How did their friends handle them together?
Did JP do something to the twins? Why are they so mad at him? Did he ever really get a payback from them?

Oh, also, how did Jeb and Addie end up? After the kiss with Charlie, did they end up happy and back together well after to kiss in Starbucks?
Did Charlie ever ask Tegan out? Did Charlie and Breana get back together? Where was Jeb, was he somewhere besides the Res? Did Tegan find out about Gabriel’s disappearance? How was Dorrie and Addie after the phone call, the one where she was quite rude to Addie, even though she was trying to share something with her-aka Angel? Was Mayzie really an angel? Did she and Addie end up having their tea party? How did Gabriel settle into his new home?

The questions seem endless, but they’re also important to me to want to know what went on beyond those significant pages of pure poetry.

I hope I’ll hear there is a second book to come to Let It Snow, one where I’ll get my answers

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Rebecca March 17, 2016 at 7:27 pm

Hi Mr. Green. Don’t know anything about your books. But I am enjoying your Crash Course videos! I got a job at an historical park in Canada, and forgot to pay attention in school. So, thank you! Keep it up! (Not looking for anything Canadian, I am still working on the whole world. :) )

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Emma March 20, 2016 at 1:13 pm

Hello John Green,
I almost read every book that you written. I love them all, but I would have to say “Looking For Alaska” is my all time favorite. (I read it in about 4days) I just got the book “Will Grayson, Will Grayson” after I finish that I would have read all your books. I hope you keep writing so I can fill my bookshelf even more.
-Emma, 13yrs

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Alexis Thompson March 20, 2016 at 8:30 pm

Hello John Green. I needed an author’s advise about something, so the first awesome author that I could think of is you. So I am thinking about writing my own book and when I read my description to my sisters, they said that I am giving too much information about my book. I just wanted to ask you for tips. I am at a very young age, and writing a book has always been one of my goals/dreams. I never thought that it would be this hard. Also, I could use some advice about writing a book in general. Any ideas?

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Lilian April 6, 2016 at 12:37 pm

Hello John Green,
I just want to telle you that I love all books you wrote, they are perfects from my point of view.
Lilian from france.

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Sofie Johnson April 6, 2016 at 8:17 pm

Hola Amigo,
Just wanted to tell you that you are FREAKING GENUS. Your books have made my tear ducks clog. Thanks for that John… Btw Was is hard writing a book from a teenage girl’s point of view?? Since obviously you are not a teenage girl…unless YOU HAVE BEEN LYING TO US NERDFIGHTERS ALL THIS TIME!!!! GOD JOHN, YOU ARE SO COMPLICATED. AND SMART. I JUST STARTED A SENTENCE WITH AND. OMG I HAVE SUCH BAD GRAMMAR. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME JOHN!!!!

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rosie April 7, 2016 at 8:57 am

hi i love your books and you have inspired me to write my own storys. I also watch your videos and they are great

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Connor Fox-Moore April 7, 2016 at 10:34 am

Hi John, I have read most of your popular books and have enjoyed them greatly. Actually they are my favorite books. I do however a question. Does Hazel ever get over Agustus dying? Because I think that she will but I want to be sure. PLEASE respond.

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Rhianna April 8, 2016 at 12:23 pm

Dear John Green,

I just wanted to thank you for keeping me entertained for hours and hours with your books. I have read all of them and are hoping you are writing more books soon.

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QM April 9, 2016 at 4:46 pm

is there any paper town in the world or just a fiction? because i really want to run away..

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Hunter gray April 11, 2016 at 6:43 pm

Hi Mr. Green. My name is Hunter gray I am 15 years old and I’m in love with, “The Fault In Our Stars.” I do, however, have a few questions regarding the characters. What happens to Hazel? Does Isaac ever get in touch with Monica? What’s gonna happen when hazel dies and her parents are left alone? Does Hazels mom ever become a “better” Patrick? What about Peter? Does he ever recover from his drinking problem? I need answers! Please, if you can respond and answer these questions. Thank you!

Please respond,
Hunter Gray

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Rachel McCall April 14, 2016 at 12:24 am

Mr. Green, I have read your books since they first came out. My personal favorite would have to be Looking For Alaska, but I love all your books. You have an amazing way of writing and I can’t wait for more books to come out. I have so many questions to ask about all your books, and it would be amazing if you were to respond to me, and maybe answer a few of my questions if thats okay.
I’m just one comment in all of these, but I hope you see this. You are an inspiration to me. I love to write and you inspire me to write more. I’m not an author, but I do love to write stories and I absolutely love to edit. I have a passion for it. And you helped bring that out in me. You are a inspiration to so many kids these days, it’s amazing.

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Hazel April 15, 2016 at 5:25 am

This is an alias ..but am damn desperate to know what happens to hazel grace in the end ..please do reply

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Anthony Zender April 15, 2016 at 2:13 pm

I think there should be a Paper Towns 2 but this time it’s all about Margo and her life and Her life in Paper Towns and it all starts right after Quentin hops on the bus and leaves Paper Towns!

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Jen Russo April 15, 2016 at 6:06 pm

Hello Mr.Green,
I was just wondering how long it took you to write Looking to Alaska.
Thank~You very much!

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fouad maghamez April 16, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Hello Mr. green,
I am a syrian refugee who reachs Canada 3 months ago
I am glad to tell you that your book “the fault of aour stars” was the first book i read it in english, i really enjoy it , and it give me a little hope about reading in diffrent language not just for learning but also for the little common sence of pleasure we capture it while reading ..
From along time i considered talking about phisycal cancer pain should have more spotlight, and sympathy is the worst honest lie we unconcously use it in front of realistic oblivion.
thank your for taking the most serious subjects in our world with humor sence, it’s a wonderful way to let the world “NOTICE” you , with a less aggresive scar

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Caiti April 19, 2016 at 3:31 am

I know it’s probably likely you’ll never see this, so I’m not going to spend 30 minutes trying to figure out something to write that’ll make me sound like a somewhat intelligent person:) I was just wondering what your hobbies are? I know you like to read in your free time, but what else do you think is fun?
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freya April 20, 2016 at 7:05 am

Dear John,
I am doing an author study. You have been very influential and inspiring towards day to day life. I love your books and therefore, I have chosen you to research. Please can you answer some of my questions for the project?

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2) how did you start writing?
3) How did you harvest the ideas?

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Thank you, from Freya

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Freya Gray April 20, 2016 at 4:44 pm

dear John Green,
For all i know you probably have an assistant who writes back to fans and if not, you wont write back at all. I have enjoyed reading your books and would love to know more about them. I am really inspired by you and your books and i have a few questions i would love to ask:
why did you start writing?
where do get the ideas to come up with stories so emotional and happy?
what inspired you to write the fault in our stars?

I don’t know what would make me any different to anyone else who is dying to hear a reply from you, but i would really appreciate if you even considered writing back to me.

yours sincerely, Freya

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Liam April 20, 2016 at 5:27 pm

Dear John Green,

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I love, love all you´re books! Their fun to read but how long did it take to write ¨looking For Alaska¨ and whats your favorite book you wrote?

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Niya April 24, 2016 at 6:34 pm

Hello Mr.Green
I’m writing this letter to you for the simple fact that I have some questions for you and to tell you how I was hoping the book ended.
Questions:
1.) Why is that Gus died? I feel like if anything if Gus had to die hazel should of to! My reasoning why will be down below.
2.) How was it that you wrote the book with a love romance so strong and pure?
3.) Why isn’t there a part 2? ( also my explanation will be down below)
Reasoning for question 1.
I feel like Gus shouldn’t have die without hazel, I say this because there love for each other was so strong, so amazing it was everything that a person in real like would want! Someone to tell them how beautiful they were each and everyday, not getting tired of them each and everyday. The way Gus told hazel he was in love with her even though she didn’t say it back, it was amazing so amazing. I could go on and on and on about my reasoning for question 1 but , I’m not.
Explanation for question 3
Part 2 should be about how hazel went on without Gus, I mean you kinda left us hanging there! I can’t begin to imagine how it was for hazel but, at least I know. Part 2 shouldn’t include hazel finding someone else, it should just be about her living how she was before then her death, I know sounds pretty depressing. I just want to know how hazel went on and how her family dealt with her death. The narration of hazel should still go on because I loved it. And at the very ending the narration of hazel very final word should just be ‘this is my story, this was my life , this is” the fault in our stars.” And then she walks away with Gus hand in hand on a grassy field with the stars above in the sky with the drink they love so much and they faint away before our very eyes.
I know you probably won’t read this and you probably won’t write a book #2 or have a movie made out of it but it doesn’t hurt to imagine, right!? Anyway your an amazing writer and I adore your work!
Yours truly,
Niya

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Beatrice April 27, 2016 at 5:31 am

Hey John,
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I just started working on my 20 Time Project; a passion project. I have a passion for reading, I go to Indigo almost every weekend. I decided that for my 20 Time project I would make a blog/website that motivates people to read. While doing some research I came across your book recommendation videos on YouTube. My website and your videos have a similar purpose: to expose people to different books and give them options.

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Lillian May 10, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Hello John green, I’m a huge fan in your book “fault in our stars”. I’m doing a school assignment where we pick a author that we like and write about them. I chose you, and I would love if I got to know more about your life. I know that you probably won’t read this but I can attempt to reach you (That felt like I was in “paper towns” for a second) I hope you know how big of an impact you’ve made on my life. Your really inspirational.
(Thank you if you actually read this)
-Lillian

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Hi, my name is Kendra and I am asking about the ending. The ending left me lost. Do they get together? Do they have kids and grow old together? Do they have a future? It’s those little things. I know what happens in the end. I read the book and everything but I just want to know what would happen next. Is there gonna be another book that follows “Paper Towns”?
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I feel pretty stupid while I’m writing to you because I can imagine the thousands of emails that you receive everyday.
I don’t even know how to express what I feel …
I read ‘Looking for Alaska’ and ‘The fault in our Stars’.
I just feel like I want you to know how much the second book that I mentioned mean to me (I loved the first one too, but it was different).

I was diagnosed with a very tough illness when I was thirteen and that episode had a very big impact on my ‘ordinary’ life.
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Now my breathing situation is just fine, although I’m still healing.

I’m not going to say that I’m just like Hazel Grace Lancaster because I’m not. We do have some aspects in common but of course I’m not her like she’s not me.

The thing is … reading your book was a shock for me at the beginning. Like a REAL shock. Augustus Waters is just the literary copy of someone that I love and that it’s been an important part of my life … and it’s a survivor who payed the exact same price that Augustus had payed (before having the unfortunate relapse).

It would be very romantic to say that we shared a great love story together, but this is not the truth.
In the book Augustus says that we do have a say in who hurts us and , in that case, I think I’m more like him.

We shared a ‘little infinity’ together. We were there for each other even if we both weren’t really aware of it sometimes.
We worried about each other, we cried and fight over each other … yes, we even loved each other for a while.

Reading your book was like watching this other dimension in which so many elements that were in my life were disposed in different ways.
So many of my peers dream to go to Paris with the person they love … you can’t imagine how much I want to do the same thing, but in Amsterdam (which is the european city that I want to see the most above all) and you can’t imagine the feeling that I had when I got to the part of the story when they beginning to arrange things in order to get there.

My ‘Augustus’ and I found ourselves in hospital under unplesant circumstances when my illness got worst.
He was always there for me even if we weren’t at all like Hazel and Gus (practically a couple).

Our lives took different paths some time ago.
You don’t know how much I miss him. How much I miss arguing with him.

My intention is not to lock myself up in my room and never falling in love again.
I just know that I keep loving him even when I’ll find someone else(this sounds really bad and pathetic, but if you’re sensitive like you seem to be from what you write you’ll probably understand what I mean).

Perhaps you’re thinking that I’m a silly, childish girl – oversensitive- that wishes that my version of the story could be more similar to the one that you created.

Well, I don’t. Because I can’t imagine a world without him and I don’t want to see a world without him.

So you can keep your version, but I want to thank you for this story.
Because even if it wasn’t perfect and it hadn’t sold millions of copy
I like my little infinity.

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