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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Virág Kiss January 25, 2015 at 3:50 pm

Dear John,
I just realized the book/movie reference I wrote there when I greeted you. It’ skind of fun. (Oh, and sorry for this :D). I am a really big fan of your books and so are my friends. By the way you always rip our hearts out but so do other authors so it’s forgotten. The real reason I am writing to youis that I need some help. I hope you can help me with your writing-power.
My best friends’ birthday is in a months and they are both fans of your books. I would like to surprise them with their favorite authors’ birthday wishes and you are one of them, of course.
If it isn’t too much to ask, can you send me an e-mail, a short message I can give them? It would mean so much to me and to them.
Szandi’s birthday is February 15. and Viki’s is February 22.
I hope you can help me :)
Best Wishes,
Virág Kiss :)

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Alison Redgrave January 26, 2015 at 5:40 am

Hi. I’m Alana and I love your books. What does it feel like to be an author? I have read fault in our stars and I’ve only just started the Abundance of Katherines. Then after wards I’m going to read Looking for Alaska. In Fault in our Stars does the tulip man marry the lady ? Fault in our Stars was inspirational and has shown me that you should be grateful for what you have in life and accept your life.
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Stien Aerts January 26, 2015 at 1:49 pm

Hi there!
I’m Stien from Belgium and I love your books!
My friend and I are in our last year of high school. We study modern languages. For our thesis we have to compare a film and book.
We could choose between a lot of books and when we saw your book ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ we really wanted that!!
So now we have to compare your book and movie. We came to the conclusion that your book is v almost the same as the movie. Is there a reason behind it? Why did you choose this?
Thank you!

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Megan Hernandez January 26, 2015 at 4:34 pm

Hey John!

I’m giving a speech on you in my public speaking class. I was going to cover just who you are as a youtuber/nerdfighter, since some people may only know you as a novelist. Is there anything that you would want me to say in my speech specifically?

Oh yea, and I’m a big fan.

-Megan

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Bárbara Belloni January 26, 2015 at 9:05 pm

Hi John!
I’m Barbara, I have 17 years and am a great admirer of your work. His books are really lovely and I have a passion for them! I have with me The Fault in Our Stars, An Abundance of Katherines, Will & Will, Looking for Alaska and last but not least, actually my favorite Paper Towns. Well, the last I read was Looking for Alaska and I am fascinated but it has something q would like to know: What were the last words of Alaska Young?

- Hugs, Barbara

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mahdi January 27, 2015 at 1:01 am

Dear John Green
hi! my name is Mahdi and im 16 years old. i live in Canada in a tiny island called Prince Edward Island. Mr. Green i probably read The fault in our start 3 time and i watched the movie more thank 4 time. please don’t think im depressed or something no the only thing i can say i am is that im in love with this book. 5 min ago i just finished watching the movie for the 4th or the 5th time but this time was different. this time i cried a lot. like a lot!!!! in my world most of the boys thinks that this kind of books are for girls, but they are not. it seems like every single time i read or watch the movie i learn something new and i cry more. every time i watch the movie and love my life more than anything and i love everything i have 3 times more than i did before. Mr. Green my dream is to be a movie director and in past years i learned a lot about movie making and next year im finally making my movie. its about teenagers and what is really going on in our world that adults don’t see. Mr. Green i can;t describe how much your book inspires me. i don’t even understand how your book can make me cry and make me think about the world and why there is such a thing as a cancer in this world. Mr. Green im trying my best to show the world that teenagers are not what some people thinks. im not trying to be famous or anything im just trying to show people the truth. I don’t know how i can say thank you for the amazing book that you wrote. your book changed me a lot. your book thought me to love what i have and that i need to leave in the moment. i even did several presentation on your book and every class that i presented to, they were in love with that book and i didn’t even tell them the real story. Mr. Green i really did fell in love with this book the way i fall asleep, slowly and then all at once, and i can’t get put of this love. thanks so much for your amazing book and i hope i can make this movie perfectly and try to inspire at least 1 person like you did. i really hope you read this
one of your fans out of 10000000000000000000……….
Mahdi

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SUYEON January 28, 2015 at 5:20 am

Hi Jodn Green. This is Suyeon from South Korea.
I just finished your “An Abundance of Katherines” in Korean.
Thanks to remind me of my young days, and… my coming future.

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brianna January 28, 2015 at 6:04 pm

hi my name is Brianna and i am 12 years old. i review books on good reads but mostly facebook. can i get a copy of Let It Snow? i read This Star Wont Go Out and loved it.

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Kameran January 28, 2015 at 7:50 pm

Hey john i loved the book it was amazing!!! It touched my heart thanks for the great book!!!

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Paloma January 29, 2015 at 2:28 pm

I really love your books! I’m going to do a report about you for my school because your my person of the year! You totally means everything to me with your books because they’re so great! My favorite book of you is “The fault in our stars” , this is an exeptionnal book! I love you and I love your books , please continue to write books for all of us!

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