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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Mara de Castro April 19, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Dear John, (haha)

I truly, gosh, love your work. See, Hazel reads “An Imperial Affliction” thousands and thousands and millions of time, so I just read “The Fault in Our Stars” 2 times in English, 1 time in Spanish, and 3 times in Portuguese (which is my own language) and now, well, I will start it again but in French uhu (I am damn addicted girl), I just LOVE to read and I thought that my favorite book of all times was “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” but I there is two so!!!!
Well, I am working on some writing now (I am not a writer, I am just na humble rising artist, but yet I love I have a lot on my mind and I have to put them somewhere, basically I just write “biographies” of some “folks” that comes and gone on my mind) so, I just you know need someone who could read and give me a critical, I don’t know, is that stupid to ask? I mean, I you have any e-mail or anything I could send it or part of it ( I don’t know what am I thinking about… whatever)
I just want to tell you, I just LOVE your videos and writings so… thank you for that, really helps me a lot!!!!!!!!! (I am kinda like Hazel (TFIOS) – but I don’t know if I have cancer or anything worse than my illness – and short of a girl version of Charlie (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) – but I never was sexualy abused – Thanks God!

I guess I said a lot so, THANK YOU again and I wish you and your family a marvelous and amazing and blessfull (i don’t belive that word exist) life :)



Clair Carvalho April 19, 2014 at 11:02 pm

John thank you for you have created an amazing story, no doubt you have already changed the lives of many people. And it’s fantastic that the world we live amid all this chaos, there are stories that saves us. The world needs good stories. Always.


John Land April 20, 2014 at 7:49 am

Mr. Green–I am a 46 year old man writing a fan letter (or posting a fan comment). My 12-year-old daughter asked to read “Fault” so I picked it up to read before her (there were rumors of explicit sexuality–codenamed “culture” in our home–that had to be dispelled).

What can I gush, that hasn’t been gushed before, probably right here on this page? I haven’t read all the back comments. I haven’t read your bio, really, or watched any of your videos…Yet.

I’m not even sure that I will give my daughter the book…Yet. Am I ready for the squalls of tears that “Fault” will unleash? Hell, you practically had ME crying with Hazel’s occasional references to her dad’s crying….What dad wouldn’t cry to see his daughter suffer this way? I have a friend who lost a son to cancer almost 10 years ago, and I still don’t know what to say to him. And he doesn’t talk much about it either. On second thought, maybe I’m not his friend after all.

I’m a high school reading teacher. I spend my days coming up with new and exciting ways to force teens to open books and look at the words on them. They come up with new and relentless ways to thwart me in this (usually with the aid of personal electronics). So, I’ve read lots of “teen” literature, and I don’t blame students for not wanting to read it.

So, thanks for writing a book with not too many cuss words. For going easy on the “culture.” For quoting T.S. Eliot and . For finding something new to say about a horrifically real problem. Not the cancer, so much– I mean teenage love. And, for Hazel’s parents, who aren’t idiots, but just in unimaginable pain. For giving me a new arrow in my quiver of books to shoot at students. :) Good job, you!


heaven russell April 20, 2014 at 8:47 am

Ok Mr. Green I have questions about Hazel Grace and what happens to her and I will not allow you to Peter Van Hotten me cause I deserve answer but before I talk about this let me just say that your books are amazing I have read TFIOS and a little bit of LFA. I believe you are a Great author with extreme talents but maybe you can answer my questions.


Maddie April 20, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Have you ever thought about writing a sequel to The Fault in Our Stars? I think it would be really awesome to learn more about Hazel. Also it seems like maybe Hazel and Issac could have a thing in the future.


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