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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fran November 16, 2014 at 8:45 pm

dear Mr green
I am doing a public speaking project about you and i was wondering if you are writing any new books at the moment?
I am a huge fan and i own the fault in our stars, paper towns and looking for Alaska and getting an abundance of Katherines.
I just wanted to let you know you are an amazing writer and i hope you keep writhing for many years .


tina redmond November 16, 2014 at 10:31 pm

Two of my daughters, ages 31 and 24; and I-LOVE your books! Our favorite has been The Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns was our second favorite. But I just bought and read WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON….and that has jumped to second place now! They will read read it next and we’ll see how they rate it. Thank you for writing these books…and we’re not even young adults! Well, the youngest daughter is.


Callum November 17, 2014 at 1:18 am

Hi John,

I have really enjoyed both your crash course World History and US History video series on youtube. I would like to know if you have a reading list of favourite history books and authors that you would like to share. Keep up the good work, what you and Hank are doing with your educational youtube series is really good for the world.

Thank you for your time.



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emily November 17, 2014 at 5:45 pm

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Ellie Ure November 18, 2014 at 7:16 pm

Hey John,
You probably get this alot but your books are amazing! As soon as i picked up ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ I fell in love with your writing. I also have some questionas for you.
1.Is the Imperial Affliction a real book or made up?
2. What happens tyo Hazel after Augustus dies? (Or maybe i shouldn’t know because ithe ending of the book was really good and if it went any further it would be kind of ruined.)
And 3. Did you know someone with cancer when you wrote this book or did you just research types of cancer and what happens leading up to death?
I hope you can find some time to answer my questions. It would mean alot to me. Thanks.
Oh and please keep on writing!


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Lilly Mackenzie November 19, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Hello John,
I just have read your book The Fault in Our Stars. I love the book very much so! You are now one of my favorite authors. When I had started the book I was stuck to it. I couldn’t put it down. I finished it in three hours. You are one of the best authors in my eyes. I believe that you are, because a great author can hold the reader through the whole book and get them to actually feel like what is happening in the book is happening in real life. And you Mr. Green achieved that. By the end of the book I was completely devastated. I was so not expecting it to end the way it had. I was bawling and I was just thinking to myself why had that happened to Hazel. But the ending, I wish there was no ending. I wish The Fault in Our Stars never had an ending. Thank you sharing your story with use. It has moved many and will move many more.

Thanks Lilly Mackenzie


Noel Hernandez-Or-Something-Like-That November 19, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Well. Currently I’m working on biography on you for a project. You’ve piqued my interest so I thought learning more about you would be helpful. Favorite color and all. Or something along those lines anyhow. Well if you have any spare time i’d love to ask a few questions to you via email.
Thanks for the time of you reading this(If you did), Noel.
P.S- I just finished Paper Towns. And the Christmas story you wrote as well.


Ella November 19, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Can you please come to our school for a reading event???????


Simone Fulford November 19, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Dear Mr Green,
I to am a huge fan of yours and all of your books, I saw the fault in our stars before I read the book in which my friend brought it me
I hope you are bringing Paper town’s out to view, I am just wondering if you will ever come to the UK ?
Many thanks


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i am a big fan of your book The fault in our stars. i really love that book like anything but the saddest part of it is that u made Augustus Waters die it the end. i was really upset and cried alot. I guess this would make me not read your books again. Augustus was someone i really liked but he died. i hope you publish another book with a hero like Augustus and dont make him die. I LOVE reading your books and would like to read them all but you have hurt the emotions of many people including me. looking forward for your reply.
no offence
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Maria A. Ordoqui November 20, 2014 at 3:44 pm

I just finished reading ” The Fault In Our Stars”. Outstanding!!!. I will read it again. I will keep this book for ever. Thank you Mr. Green.


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Jeremie November 22, 2014 at 9:32 am

hi Mr. Green,
I just loved your books since I was 13 years old. uhm, My favorite was the Papertowns. so cool though. Wishing you to have a new book to be published these following years. s0 i could read more. Cause Im done reading all of your books. quite interesting :)) so im hoping that The Fault In Our Stars wasn’t your last book. :)) by the way,im loving some of your quotations there in the book, ’twas kinda relating to my life :) so far, you’re the greatest author =)


welovejohngreen November 22, 2014 at 3:26 pm

hey Mr john, I’m a big fan even though I’ ve only read LOOKING FOR ALASKA recently and I’m reading PAPER TOWNS now, what a wonderful story! like now I’m in the middle of the book and it’s driving me crazy. I’m so confused and I think that the big mystery is making me go deeper and deeper in the book. I love the way you write and I just wish to know if you’re writing something recently. Thank you for being perfect.


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Morgana Rodrigues November 23, 2014 at 11:01 am

Hello, my name is Morgana Roberts, like many Brazilian, I am a fan of his books, especially the fault of the stars, all kept telling me how great it was his book, is that you always spoke the truth, I am 13 years old, seems to lie plus I was diagnosed with lung cancer, stage 3, assiti the film, not long ago, I am very grateful to you for showing that no matter our way, we will always have a love to match, as always cried a lot to read the book, and even watching the movie, by the way, the film is identical to the book, dear john green, thank you very much, for making me enchergar the world differently, I’m your fan, forever will be, the more I have some questions, Hazel dies after the end of the book? I would love you to answer me if one day you are in me come to visit, strange means that, because no one knows the city in which I live, you taught me many things john green, my favorite phrase that take you to all my life is that ” If you want the rainbow to wait the rain, ” perhaps half the things I’m doing are wrong, do’m not a specialist in English, will be impossible through you to answer me, more like yourself told only way to reach the impossible is believing that it is possible! I will be eternally grateful if you answer me, love you infinitely, because some infinities are larger than the other!


Niamh November 23, 2014 at 11:47 am

Dear Mr Green,

I have recently finished reading fault in our stars.
I was just wondering how long after Augustus dies does Hazel Grace die.
I mean I understand if you don’t want to tell me but it’s just been in the back of my mind.
Also what becomes of Isaac does he get cancer again like Augustus as well as after Hazel Grace dies what does he do, does he still go to support group, does he do something great or at least greater than what he’s already done?
From your interested fan,


alexis November 23, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Mr green I love your book I was thinking about it since agustus dies it would be awesome if he had an afterlife and lived and so on from yhere pleSe think about yhis you could make another amazing novel


Danel November 23, 2014 at 11:24 pm

He John, I was just wondering how many awards have you won


gracemason November 24, 2014 at 4:16 am

hello John , i read you book “the fault in our stars” a while back and fell in love with it i have read it 5 times i could say that book really touched my heart i just watched the movie and oh my god what can i say it was almost as good as the book i do encourage you to write more books like that all i can say is that was the most heart touching book and movie i have every read and watched

sincerely grace mason


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