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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Maddie H. April 6, 2015 at 7:48 pm

John how do you feel about the anti-LGBT+ controversy in Indiana?

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Mary Cuadro April 7, 2015 at 1:41 am

Please please please, just tell me if Margo goes back home or not so I can sleep!!!!!!

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fernanda April 7, 2015 at 9:43 am

hello, i´m from Brasil and I’ve read all your books! what I liked most, was PAPER TOWNS and i can wait to see the movie! please, let me ask you….when you will publish more books ?

thanks a lot!

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Camila April 7, 2015 at 1:41 pm

I’m in love with Looking For Alaska. I like very much your history cause you turn something habitual into something incredible, the way you make me see this situations with an other point of view. I hope you publish more amazing books.

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Anna Silveira April 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Hello John, okay? Well, as I think, all that page, I would like to tell you some things about your best book (not disparaging others) “Blame It Star” … So, from the first time I read it, simply i fall in love. I waited anxiously for the premiere of the film, and since then indulged in the film as well. There are times that accompany the film with the book. I found very interesting your idea of creating a drug (in this case the falanxifor), able to lower Hazel cancer, I also wish that were true.
I found it interesting also his idea of making a beautiful love story was not so common as in fairy tales, like, history and beautiful, but with sad parts like that.
So that’s it, I’m your fan and love his books, I hope to write more.
hugs to you

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Alletrus Crossman April 7, 2015 at 7:10 pm

You are a very inspiring author, John. I would like to thank you for making me want to become an Author.I am currently twelve and will turn thirteen this month. I loved the Fault in Our Stars. It was a literary work of art. I would like to encourage you to write many many many more books.

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jay clark April 7, 2015 at 8:19 pm

hi,we just watched THE FAULT IN OUR STARS,AND MOST EVERYONE WAS CRYING.GREAT MOVIE.I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE A PHOTO THAT YOU WOULD PLEASE SIGN FOR US.THANK YOU JAY CLARK 364 NORTH STREET WINOOSKI,VERMONT 05404.U.S.A.

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Alan Alonzo April 8, 2015 at 7:54 pm

Mr. Green I dared to take the time to find a way to reach you just wanted to say that I love as a writer is surprising emotions that managed to awaken in me and more the way I has changed I mean as I see life you Mr. green is my favorite author and read all book’m in love with her books and I love the way you write my favorite is the fault in our stars that story got the better of me being I thank you has written such literary works and I swear each of them made me mourn you are an excellent person to follow doing more stories like that done till now he read it would give me great pleasure to me know and if not …. do not miss a chance to do it thanks for everything John Green

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Makenzie Gleason April 9, 2015 at 8:54 am

John Green, you are wonderful. I have only read your novel ‘The Fault In Our Stars’, but I can’t wait to read other novels of yours! I give an infinite amount of praise to this novel, infinite stars! This novel was amazing and the movie was spot on, but the book was still better! Hazel Grace Lancaster has taught me to always have hope, and to never give up. She is an amazing role model for me, and I hope to see more books including her in the future. (But we both know that probably won’t happen due to Augustus Waters being dead and all…) This novel of yours actually inspired me to start writing my own novel ‘Angel Into Heaven’. I wanted to let you know that you and your works are truly an inspiration to me and that you as a person are truly talented. Especially when you are drawing on your face with Sharpies! John Green, if you would get this, I would hope for you to reply, if you don’t that’s okay too! I wish you the best of luck with writing and hope to see more novels by you soon! By the way, look for ‘Angel Into Heaven’ in stores soon!
Thank you For Being You,
Makenzie Gleason

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Carolina April 9, 2015 at 10:10 am

Hello John I wanted to know what happens to Hazel after the sad death of Gus ia Augustos Waters???
Us girls we read is the fault of the star 2 please!

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Eric April 9, 2015 at 1:22 pm

I just read An Abundance of Katherines and I am from the area that takes place in the books. I ran across a few geographical errors. When they get at Exit 212 between Nashville and Memphis that would put them in Nashville. Also, Memphis would not have the zip code starting with a 37xxx. All Memphis zip codes begin with 38. I did love the book and loved the characters in books.

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I also really need to know what happens even like a hint

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Nairuma Solano April 9, 2015 at 5:26 pm

Indiscutiblemente JOHN GREEN es mi 3er mejor autor (1ro Jane Austen, 2do Agatha Christie). Siempre lloro con sus libros ME ENCANTAN!!!

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yanira medina conejeros April 9, 2015 at 8:34 pm

dear sir green I do not speak English very well speak Spanish so hopefully we can translate me encanta este blog donde le puedo escribir al igual que lo hacia hazel grace a peter van houten, tengo unas ciertas preguntas para usted señor green. bueno me voy a concentrar en ciudades de papel me gustaría saber porque quiso poner ese final bueno quisiera desirle que soy una muy buena lectora amo como usted escribe y para serle muy sincera me gustaría preguntarle ¿por que pensó en un final tan desinteresante como ese? creo que un muy bien autor como usted podría darme una buena respuesta y sacarme de mis dudas.

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daniel April 10, 2015 at 1:42 pm

good job green make as many books as you canyour youngand fightforwhat you thinkis right

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REBECCA April 10, 2015 at 3:35 pm

John Green was wondering if you want to write the sequel to Paper Cities?

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Kyoko Hall April 10, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Hi John,
I am a huge fan of all your books. You truly are an amazing writer.
Anyway, my friend Fionnuala Ivey mentioned to me something about you needing unique names? Well, you have found the right girl. :) My name is Kyoko Hall. Kyoko is a Japanese name, (for I am Japanese), and it means “harmony”. My parents chose this name for me because they both love music.
I hope I will be a help to you in writing your next fantastic novel.
Love,
Kyoko Hall

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saucy_chilli April 11, 2015 at 8:48 am

Dear John,

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saucy_chilli April 11, 2015 at 8:52 am

Dear John,
I know the movie papertown will be out on june or july, you said it in one of your videos. But i want to ask will you make movies out of these books too
1. Looking for Alaska
2. An Abundance of Katherines
If yes I will definetely go and watch it

this is my email if you can reply me saucychilly1021@gmail.com

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Michael April 11, 2015 at 11:13 am

Hola, ¿Cuando vendrás a Guatemala?

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Gabriel April 11, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Hello John! I know you have thousands of messages from millions of fans, but I’ll really like to ask you something important. I’m doing a research as a school project about our dream profession, and I really am looking forward on becoming an author, so I need to interview somebody of that profession. I immediately thinked about you and this “contact” section. Would you mind If you answer a little 15 questions about how’s your life as an author?
It would be absolutely marvelous if you do. Please reply to me by e-mail or in this same message to know if you’re interested. Also I’m pretty sure all of my school partners will be interested in knowing your answers.

I’ll wait your answer. Happy Saturday!

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katya April 11, 2015 at 6:12 pm

I want to write a book but i need a little bit of tips

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Mia April 12, 2015 at 5:04 am

Hey John Green
I guess I’ve been in love with reading since the first time I could read. I know it sounds stupid but to me it isn’t. The books you wrote has blown my mind, it has inspired me to write stories, even though they make no sense I still keep on writing.
I always thought that love was stupid until I read TFIOS and Looking for Alaska. both those books inspired me to enjoy high-school, do stupid stuff with friends, to fall in love and also to never drink and drive, as well as think of cool nicknames. So thank you

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Shelbi April 12, 2015 at 9:49 pm

John, I’ve read Looking for Alaska in the past weeks and now for my sophomore English assignment (Worth half my grade) I have to make a website based on the book. I have the run down completed and more stuff about you, the author. I just need a little more background on why you chose to write this book.

Much Appreciation, Shelbi.

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HI
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Yazmin April 15, 2015 at 2:20 pm

Dear Mr. John Green,
I have 101 questions for you about The Fault in Our Stars I am doing a school project and it’s about the book and you the author I need to ask very important questions that will help me with my project and it will be greatly appreciated if you did respond to me so I could ask you my very important questions please and thank you.❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Emily April 15, 2015 at 3:38 pm

I love “Looking For Alaska ” and the “The Fault In Our Stars” are the two best books I’ve ever read (im working on reading all of your books), you are one of my favorite authors. But I have one thing to ask of you so here it is….. Can you TRY to make “Looking for Alaska a movie?

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Samuele (ITALIAN!!!) April 15, 2015 at 4:08 pm

Okay emh… wow I’m writing to my favourite author…….. OKKKAY
(I’m italian, so my english is “wonderfull”)
I rade all your books and… what can I say?
I love them. Just… that, I love them.
Looking for Alaska, now, is my favourite book.
Really, I can’t tell you the reason because… I don’t know why I love so much this pages, this words, this… everything.
You are a genius.
Next year, I will go in a kind of american college…
I hope that I’ll meet someone like the Colonel… Alaska…
It’s just a dream?
YOU HAVE MADE IT, AND I THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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Raji April 17, 2015 at 9:17 am

Hi John Green!
My name is Raji, and I’m in the eighth grade. I am doing a novel study, and I had decided to do it on your book, “Looking for Alaska”. I was supposed to read it in chunks but after the first 22 pages I fell in love, and as long as you don’t tell my teacher I finished the entire book in a day! :)
Now, I have to make a biography on the author of this awesome book. which is you! I hope you don’t mind me asking you some questions for the author’s biography. I really liked your book, and from now on, it’s in my personal library, along with all your other books that I’ve read before.
I’d be extremely grateful if you reply, and if you do, THANK YOU!!!
Your little fan,
~Raji~

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Amber Spear April 17, 2015 at 10:13 am

Dear John,
I really enjoyed reading The Fault in our Stars just finished it, and it inspired me to write my own story ,but I am stuck could you throw me some tips. Please. All I know is that I want it to be a love story.

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Christina Cappiello Triplett April 17, 2015 at 5:01 pm

Hello Mr. John Green,
I am an eighth grade student and an aspiring writer. I love to read (especially your books) and I, of course, love to write. I consider myself to be an okay writer for my age, but I continuously struggle with making my work matter. When I read your books, they impact me in many ways. I want to be an author like that: one who leaves a mark on others. I believe that is the sole purpose of being an author-to impact others through unique stories, in addition to simply enjoying life’s simplicity through writing. Do you have any advice on making my writing matter?
Thank you so much for your amazing books and your time,
Christina

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Kim moore April 17, 2015 at 6:25 pm

Hi,

Thanks for your vlog where you had your progress reports from Springs. My son is in the 9th grade there and his reports have the exact same grades and comments except they are all online now. He promised me a C in World History this semester so we will see. His only A last semester was in PE.His older sister graduated from Springs in 2011. She played varsity soccer all 5 years, got A-B’s in AP classes, walked to 2 miles to soccer practice, barefoot in the snow, uphill both ways. Classic first born over achiever. I guess you only get one of those. No grade or soccer glory from my second one though. Team’s too hard. Yeah they won state last year. So and so got a C. Yeah he’s got rich parents and doesn’t need financial aid like you do. He does play club soccer and is learning to play guitar. Since he does have some interests and hobbies and your video has assured me he’s not going to be living in my trailer when he’s 25, I’ll lay off him..a little bit.
I remember you spoke there for a fund raiser when his sister was a student. I didn’t go cause those are for people that actually have money to donate. It’s alumni weekend there again but not sure I’d recommend it with the rain and construction. The new buildings are coming up way faster than I though and look great!
I’d also like to suggest a John Green schloraship for the underachieving student. Not my son as he already gets aid. Save it for some kid that’s about to get booted out of there and needs/deserves a second chance.

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Bridie April 18, 2015 at 8:34 am

I love your books. I have read the fault in our stars numerous times, an abundance of Katherine’s and looking for Alaska. The fault in our stars is my favourite book ever!! I would love it if you wrote ‘An Imperrial Affliction.’ So many of my friends have all read the Fault in our stars and each one of them wants to know more about Anna, the hamster and the Dutch tulip man. I feel like Hazel and that I am writing to Peter Van Houten. Please John, can you write An Imperial Affliction. It will be the next big thing!!!
From, Bridie

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