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.

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Miranda June 26, 2015 at 11:00 am

john green,(i know this is my 4th message to you but this keeps me busy)

John green has been a good author of my opinion and he is a writer of experience,and hard work. I love the book The Fault in Our Stars. It was a work of art and I just l0ve too read it when I have free time from my job. ( IN the summer i work at Exeter high school in exeter NH.) I know I have been talking about the fault in our stars because it is the only book i read..


Noreen milligan-higgins June 26, 2015 at 12:12 pm

Pardon me, I am deaf lady. I was watching the movie “the fault on our stars and beautiful couple of young and have their cancer. End of movie I cried and watch several times. I love it. It call “LOVE STORY” I wish deaf couple could play the same title. I wish the girl name is Noreen. I will buy a book and dvd.


Louise June 26, 2015 at 5:55 pm

Dear Mr. Green,

My name is Louise, I’m French and I’m 16 years old. A simple comment will not be enough to tell you how much I love your books and how you write them. I do not know where to begin. First, I want to tell you how much I like “looking for alaska?” and “hidden face of margo” were my two favorite books but especially “looking for alaska”. I have all your books without exeption. I think the cities of papers and our suffering are real maze. Each person can be compared to a paper, when we arrive for the first time we are all beautiful, all clean and new. Then comes some stages of life that can offend us like paper. And I compare the suffering maze by repetitive lifestyle we have, every day the same thing, again and again. Some mazes can be fun (as amusement parks) but others may be dark. And then, after all the theme parks, we do not know what to do different when it’s only what we have. We are all looking for our big maybe without even knowing it.
I have so much to tell you. I look forward to your next book.

Thank you
Louise L.


♥Alaska_Young♥ June 27, 2015 at 9:08 am

Hello Mr.Green.
I am a huge fan of all of you’r work,especially “Looking For Alaska”.
I just finished Re-reading “The Fault In Our Stars”, and I of curse LOVED it I really did. Mr.Green I loved the quote you left at the 6th page of the book:”As the tide washed in, the Dutch Tulip Man faced the ocean:
“Conjoiner rejoinder poisoner concealer revelator. Look at it, rising u and rising down, taking everything with it.”
“What’s that?” I asked.
“Water,” the DutchMan said. “Well,and time.”
-Peter Van Houten,An Imperial Affliction.
Well Mr.Green I looked it up at google and well… What I found out is the book is not real. That “The fault in our stars” and “An imperial affliction” is 2 stories in one book. Main story and a side story I guess.. Yea lets call it that.
I know it’s silly but sir, Can you please write “An Imperial Affliction” novel? The same story in “The Fault Of our stars?” With an ending?
And that quote above?
Please tell me if that is possible sir.
Thank you.


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Aya Samy June 29, 2015 at 1:41 am

hey Mr.John
I’m Aya Samy from Egypt and i have read your books and i really loved them very much
it is not my first time trying to contact with you but unfortunately you didn’t answer me yet :) I hope you will this time
i don’t know actually if you will read or even see my message but i actually i have a serious question
Is “An Imperial Fffliction” a real book or not ??
i had searched for it more than any other book in all libraries and online stores
i have read many articles some of them said that it is real and other said it is not
i wish you read my message and answer me
i also wish i can have my dream true and meet you one day and have your signature
thanks in advance :D


Henrique Cesar Freitas Vasconcelos Moreira June 29, 2015 at 9:17 am

Good day. I’m sure has already received several and various e-mail asking about the end of the book / movie the fault in our stars or sequel, but I would like to think a little about my idea. In the novel you find a way to help people to be happier, regardless of whether it is with an illness because you were very happy in the standings and teachings on how to live life well. From this point of view, you would like to see another writes a novel continuing this hope, as Augustus himself said to believe in life after death I see it will be very easy for you to write and keep giving people who do not believe in life after death, and in Jesus Christ the comfort that we are only passing through and that life goes on. Himself said in John chapter 14 verse 3 “And if I go and prepare a place, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am you may be also.” I am a Christian and spiritualist, I’m sure of life after death, and if you need help to continue this magnificent helps people with his books and films, I am available to you to present things that espiritimos tells us about life after death! We were privileged to have among us here in Brazil Chico Xavier, magnificent medium that gives us today great support in this matter. Hugs, always be with God. Ok! Henrique Cesar Freitas Vasconcelos Moreira.


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Tessa Vonderahe June 29, 2015 at 11:04 am

I love your novels and am trying to write a book of my own. Do you have any advice o n how to keep it classy and full of vivid language?


Katelyn Sparzynski June 29, 2015 at 6:25 pm


My name is Katelyn, I have read a couple of your books and liked them a lot. I am going to pull a Hazel Grace Lancaster here but I just finished reading “paper towns” and I was a little mad that you just left your readers hanging at the end, I am very curious to know if “Q” stayed with Margo or if he left with his friends. Again I love your books but you can’t leave people wondering at the end of the book.


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If I had the talent you have, I would be happy. Your article has inspired me to become a better writer. Thank you so much.


Shiv June 30, 2015 at 8:51 am

Do you think that Will Grayson Will Grayson will become a movie? I think it would be an interesting movie… It’s amazing I absolutely love your work! Thank you for making the world a better place and giving my life meaning


Sian June 30, 2015 at 11:23 am

Hello Friends!
So I have recently discovered that for my A2 English Literature course we have the opportunity to study any novel we wish in terms of; Feminism, Marxism, Metaphors or Aesthetics.
I think this will be such a great opportunity and naturally I am extremely excited. Yet I feel like very small fish in a big wide ocean of books, and although I have some ideas of what Novels I could study (inevitably including Looking for Alaska, one of my favourite books of all time) I thought I’d seek some advice from you- John and other nerdfighters out there!
I would just like to point out that a lot of my literary interest lies in more modern and quirky books, hence classics are not my forte.
So with this in mind can anyone lend me some suggestions as to what books will initially be interesting and a little different, yet can be analysed and evaluated in terms of the categories mentioned above!
Many Thanks


Genesis ramirez June 30, 2015 at 1:41 pm

Hello, I just read your book paper towns and just wanted to say it’s the best book I have ever read. It made me escape and enter a new world. I was really in to it and can’t wait to read the rest of your books. I pictured cara delavigne as Margo and feel like shes the perfect character for margo. Anyways, love your book. :)


Clara Leal July 1, 2015 at 12:16 pm

Hi John, I’m not sure if you will read this, but I have a question (I know is, it’s boring, because it could be chocolate, but ate it all), so I want to know.
His letter is ugly or beautiful?
If that was weird, hehehe sorry, but it is a little doubt.
Kisses, Clara, big fan of yours!


elizabeth July 1, 2015 at 3:11 pm

I am in high school and I am very intrigued about literature and language. I wish to fulfill my dream career by becoming an editor for something small like a local newspaper. Yet i enjoy writing, but the only problem is getting inspired to write. I am always searching for new ways to become inspired. I also like asking other people on how they get inspired. Any feedback would be truly amazing.


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I just want to say that I am a huge fan. I too have wanted to be a writer for very long and yes I have sent you a lot of email which may or may not be currently sitting in your spam folder.
Well is you or anyone of the people on this website have the time, I have a blog I am unsure about and it would mean everything if you guys would read it.



Emilia July 3, 2015 at 11:31 pm

Queridísimo John Green, discúlpeme desde ya el atrevimiento que tengo en tutearlo, quisiera poder hablar con usted.
La verdad es que admiro demasiado sus obras, si bien solo eh tenido la posibilidad de leer tan solo dos (Bajo la misma estrella y Ciudades de papel) la verdad es que quiero comprender a que se debe que los finales sean de tipo “abierto”. Cuando lei “Bajo la misma estrella” me paso que quede exactamente igual que Hazel (con respecto al final) con la necesidad de saber que es lo que pasa con los otros personajes; y metemos que con”Ciudades de papel” me paso exactamente lo mismo.
Quiero y necesito saber que es lo que pasa con los demás personajes de”Bajo la misma estrella” y como sigue la vida de Q y Margo después de haberse encontrado, si Margo vuelve a Orlando o se va a New York.
Por favor señor Green, necesito las respuestas.. Créame que tuve que reunir mucho valor para permitirme escribirle a usted.


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