John Green’s Biography

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

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

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

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

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

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Camila Palma Sánchez August 24, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Dear Lord John Green.

A Good Month and a half ago and had some questions that your book The Fault in our Stars and hopefully answer me please as Peter Van Houten that is not answered them was answering his assistant.

Hey I wanted to know, what happened to Hazel Grace Lancaster, also want to know Issac if still has contact if Hazel to Dead or still Alive or if I met a new guy and is trying his Amorosa life do, also if Peter Van Houten remains a Alcolhico or his assistant returned to work for. Well I hope for a miracle to answer my doubts, that.
Best regards Camila Palma Sanchez

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Andrea August 25, 2014 at 12:05 am

Esas preguntas fueron muy hazel grace con una afliccion imperial, por favor se una persona mas original y no imites, que galla…….. y aprende a escribir en ingles, por favoooor.

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Rosieli Souza August 24, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Hi John.
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Sanjose Taat August 25, 2014 at 3:52 am

Dear Mr. John Green
I Have so many question about all of your books. Especially about the fault in our stars. Are you gonna make something like the sequel of the fault in our stars? Because i want to know about what happen next to Isaac and Hazel.
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Alicia August 25, 2014 at 9:20 am

Dear John Green
I have 3 question about your book “the fault in our stars”
What is happening next to Hazel and Isaac and to the parents to Hazel.
Please answer my question
Ps: I love yours books !!!
I sorry if I don’t write correct, I come to Switzerland.
Alicia

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Valentina August 25, 2014 at 11:41 am

Dear John Green.

I don’t expect you to write another book about what happens after the whole Augustus thing, I guess it is like An Imperial Affliction, we have to imagine it, but well, the book is so painful I can throw it at someone’s face and the story would hurt more, I would really love if you read this someday, you’re my Peter Van Houten (you gotta be sick of hearing that but I really mean it) I hope you answer my questions someday, I also know that the world is not a wish-granting factory, thanks for writing the book that ruined my existence, I mean it.

Yours Truly,
Valentina Aguirre.

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Anne Chapman August 25, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Hi John,

Loved “The Fault in our Stars.” Wondering if you had been Patrick at one point before you started writing? My 27 year old son just graduated with a Masters in Theology and this is amazing given his past medical history. His favorite movie of all time was Patch Adams! He would be the sort of guy to carry on a Robin Williams (and Patrick) legacy in a children’s hospital. Is there still a hiring opportunity in Children’s Hospital for a chaplain?

Thanks,
Anne

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Anastasia Herea August 25, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Dear John Green,

I am obsessed with The Fault In Our Stars. And I know that I’m probably one in a million fans writing about TFIOS, and your probably never going to respond back, but I just hope you see this message and see how TFIOS changed my life…
When I first read the The Fault In Our Stars I was heartbroken. I’ve never been so touched by the book. I really felt the feelings the characters where having which that is really hard to find in books. When I saw the movie I was even more touched and heartbroken. After reading the book and seeing the movie my life changed, in a good way of course, the way i see thing has changed…. The Fault In Our Stars has inspired my a lot. I changed all my lock screens into quotes from TFIOS I mean I text my friends everyday a different quote and it started only being quotes from TFIOS. Of course the actors Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff made a great job acting the characters and I just wish that they could see this message too and see how much a single book and a movie can inspire a person and a million others…..
Now, probably you are not going to do a sequel, even I cant imagine a book without Augustus, but what if Augustus actually doesn’t die, or wakes up from the dead, or has a twin brother or just a sequel about Hazel and Isaac. I might seem kinda of crazy but i pictured this happenin in my head and it wont really seem a bad idea, well to me. If your not going to write a sequel (which your probably not) I have another dozens of questions to ask you.
If you read my letter please contact me whenever you have time.

Thank-you,
Anastasia

anastasia.herea@yahoo.com

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Tatiana McLaughlin August 25, 2014 at 9:22 pm

Dear John Greene…
I’m half way done with “looking for Alaska” and oh my gosh I’m having so many mixed feelings about this book it’s moving in so many ways. It makes you see and learn from these character that you can find your “great perhaps” from anything and Miles pretty much found his “Great perhaps” from Alaska. I was touched by the way the book made me think about how in reality we will all go some peacefully some in ways we wouldn’t want to think, we will go young or old. I loved how Alaska was so daring and bold and didn’t care she gives that connection to the young audience who will pick this book up. You write to us in ways where we can connect and understand. But to be fair I think you should write a warning label on your books cause “looking for Alaska” and “The fault in our stars” had me crying like a baby but they were over the moon perfect. But I don’t like reading in class getting to that point where my favorite character goes and I sit their crying. Then I don’t know what to do with my life afterwards. Picking up one of your books I know I won’t be disappointed, your books are amazing and keep writing books like “looking for Alaska” and “the fault in our stars” just put warning labels on them (: so I know not to read in class if theirs a point I’m going to cry. Thanks for this amazing book!

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Maria August 26, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Dear Mr. John Green…
My Name is Maria Wahba I am a 14 year old I have read your recent book The Fault In our stars more than 14 times in a row I actually found myself in that book not that I have cancer or anything but my Mum Died 2 years ago From Hazel’s disease (Stage 4 Thyroid cancer) and the book is actually so honest and truthful.
Thats not the only book for you that I ve ever read I read most of your work and I enjoy that more than anything I ever do in my life.
I do write poems myself but I dont know if they were that good and You seem to be that perfect person to ask for help I actually wanted to try writing a novel but it seems to me like I need much help I tend to wright my real story its quite a story actually so please if u do find any free time contact me on my email (wildcatmaggie41@gmail.com) I would be flattered if the great John Green gave me just 2 seconds of his time Last but not least I gotta thank you from the bottom of my heart for that book its like the greatest gift I ever had
Yours with Great Gratitude Affection and Admiration,
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Lavínia Thereza August 26, 2014 at 7:02 pm

Olá John Green, quanta honra poder me comunicar com o meu ídolo, alguém que eu admiro muito, que a cada obra que termino de ler, ou melhor, apreciar, viajar em um mundo literário, me faz cada vez mais digno de todo o meu prestígio, obras nas quais cada palavra escrita torna os livros cada vez mais reais… Um dos meus maiores sonhos é conhecê – lo pessoalmente, assim como Hazel Grace conheceu seu escritor preferido. Eu sou brasileira, e assim como em todos os muitos países em que suas obras circulam, no Brasil, seus livros fazem o maior sucesso!!! John, sou uma das suas muitas fãs, para mim seus livros são incomparáveis… Tem alguma possibilidade de o maravilhoso, perfeito, incomparável John Green aterrissar em solo brasileiro??? Por favor, se algum dia você ver essa mensagem, me responda, não faça como Peter fez com Hazel Grace… Com todo o carinho e admiração de uma de suas fãs brasileiras, Lavínia Thereza.

Hello John Green, how much honor to communicate with my idol, someone I greatly admire, that each work to finish reading, or better, enjoy, travel in a literary world makes you increasingly worthy of all my prestige, works in which each written word becomes increasingly real books … One of my biggest dreams is to know – you personally, as well as Hazel Grace met her favorite author. I am Brazilian, and as in all the many countries in which their works circulate in Brazil, his books make the greatest success !!! John, I am one of your many fans, for me his books are incomparable … Got any possibility of the wonderful, perfect, incomparable John Green landed on Brazilian soil ??? Please, if you ever see this message, answer me, do as Peter did with Hazel Grace … With all the love and admiration of one of his Brazilian fans, Lavinia Thereza.

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Élodie August 26, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Hi John Green. I know you probably won’t see this but i’m trying anyway. At first i wanna tell you that my first language is french, so this is why you’ll probably see a lot of mistakes in this message. The reason why i’m writing to you today is because i feel inspired. I just finised watching “The Fault In Our Stars” for the first time and I wanted to write to my favorite author, just like Hazel wrote to Van Houten. I don’t know how you created such a beautiful story. I’m in love with the characters. I believe that it is not the last love story that i will experiment with a book in my life because i am currently reading “Looking For Alaska” and I already love the book. I’m gonna be honest, I didn’t write to you to tell you a bunch of compliments that don’t mean anything. I wrote to you to tell you that you changed how I see my life. Hazel and Gus didn’t have a long life but they had a beautiful life. Imagine how beautiful your life could be if you live a long life! This is A LOT of happiness. I feel like I gained back my optimism because of you. I’m sorry you’re probably tired of hearing about tfios wherever you go but i needed to get these thoughts out of my chest. I hope that you’ll see this and maybe respond. It would mean the world to me. Thank you for creating such beautiful stories.

With all my respect and love,
Élodie

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abhishek verma August 28, 2014 at 1:33 pm

hi Mr. JOHN im not much of a novel guy and this book of urs ” THE FAULT IN OUR STARS” is like 2nd book which i have ever read. I thank u for sharing such a wonderful thought of urs in a form of HAZEL N AUGUSTUS . I m in luv with this work of urs.
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flavio silva August 29, 2014 at 8:58 am

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I’m more a fan of Brazil, and I am part of an entity that organizes Literary shows in one of the states of our country, the Holy Spirit. It is a state located above Rio de Janeiro, not as well known, small, cozy, but blessed, as the name itself.
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We have many resources, this is a political year in Brazil, so it is very difficult because of the sponsorship audience power, but we have willpower and stamina to be able to organize and take part in this event, and take their power and other wonderful literary works several people.
Does this dream could become reality? And within our financial realities, which you could offer that would be interesting?
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Lise-Marie August 29, 2014 at 10:28 am

Hello ,
My name’s Lise Marie and I’m 13 years old. I’m a french girl and I have read your recent book The Fault In Our Stars And I found it amazing and fabalous and sad… But ,now, It s my favorite book (I said “now” because i have the book from a quite time but I have read it 2 time ) . I Know it’ s a story fiction but I NEED TO KNOW What happen Hazel after Augustus’ dead because I can’t imagine what is her distiny and I love your writing Way So please can you tell me what become Hazel?? (and the other character) PLEAASE !!!
Or can you write an end? Where you write if Hazel dies next time Augustus or if She live to 99 years and find love…
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Congratulations for TFiOS,
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Annelaure August 29, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Dear Mr John Green,

You have so many comments, I doubt you will even see my comment. But I’ve decided to take the chance anyway because…well, its worth it. Where do I start? You are simply amazing. I have so many questions about The Fault in Our Stars. What inspired you write such a raw and painfully honest story? Did you write from experience? I’m truly touched. As an aspiring writer, I’d like to write stories that will hopefully in the future touch people the way your story has touched me. I’m looking forward to your next book. I’d seriously read anything you write.

And yes Mr Green, even your Grocery List ;)

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