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.

For information about contacting John, click here to visit the contact page.

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Daphne May 16, 2015 at 8:59 am

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Please please please! I’m a huge fan.Please can I get your email? I do realize it’s not just me asking for it. But, please please please!

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Betriz Caurio May 16, 2015 at 5:28 pm

Mr. Green, I am Brazilian I read all your books, and how Hansel has an addiction to Van Houten, my addiction are thy works, and read what you write. Would like an answer, I’m just a girl of paper, Living in a paper, with friends of paper, and everything around me is paper, his books is courage, love you <3

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Athena Habibi May 17, 2015 at 1:58 pm

He is my favourite author! :)

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Nastya Shipilina May 17, 2015 at 11:51 pm

John Green, I want to say thank you for you and for your amazing books. They changed my live. I always wanted to ask you some questions about your books, and if you have a bit free time , please write me “Hi” in my mail , and will such happy as I have never been!!!
By the way I’m from Russia⭐️

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Gayo Hsu May 18, 2015 at 12:28 am

Hi,Mr.Green,I ‘m a Chinese.Forgive my poor English.
I read the book of The Fault in Our Stars.
I must to say that I love this book.Amazing,so amazing!
I love HazelGraceLancaster AND AgustusWaters , the courage of them make me moving.

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Hannah Orr May 18, 2015 at 6:36 pm

I first came into contact with this story when my little sister begged me to take her to the cinema to see the movie of TFiOS. So, I took her and I sat there thinking what a hell of a movie it was. I also found myself feeling so sorry for Hazel and Gus’s families, I couldn’t imagine the pain.
My sister was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in August 2014, and all of a sudden, many of the feelings that I had seen in the families of Hazel and Gus became all too clear. I have to say that, despite being told that she has a life threatening disease, she has remained so optimistic, and I partly give you credit for this. Despite their illnesses, I feel like they both manage to enjoy their time together and their little infinity. I feel like they inspire my sister to keep going, to search for her little infinity.
So I want to say thank you for giving her this gift of a book that has kept her positive. And to tell you that she adores your books. She has connected so deeply with your book and I feel like that is something an author should know about one of his readers.

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Montserrat Quijano May 18, 2015 at 8:53 pm

Hi Mr. Green, my name is Montserrat Quijano and I just made an American History Project about you. The idea of the project, was to put 5 American persons who have made an impact in history, I was thinking about all presidents and Civil Right Activists, and suddenly though including you in my paper would be a great idea. I’m actually reading Paper Towns, so thinking about you wasn’t that hard.
I’ve read LFA (2 years ago), TFIOS (1 year ago), AAOK (4 months ago), and Paper Towns (now), and I believe you’re from the greatest writers (novelists) I know.
I also watch some of your videos in my Science and American History classes. I’m currently living in Bowerston, Ohio because I’m and exchange student from Mexico, since August 15th I’ve been leaving here and I’ve really enjoyed my stance.
Just wanted you to know you have a HUGE admire all the way from Mexico that wishes nothing else but to meet You and Aung San Suu Kyi.
Truthly yours… Montse Q.

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K&K May 19, 2015 at 7:07 pm

“Mr. Green! Mr. Green!”

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K&K May 19, 2015 at 7:44 pm

“Mr. Green! Mr. Green!”

Kaylee and Kelli here. Let us start out by acknowledging just how brilliant you actually are. Your books consume our summer readings, and your Crash Course U.S. History videos helped us survive junior year. Believe me APUSH was not your regular walk in the park. I’m Kelli, and I just finished reading Paper Towns not too long ago. It has become my favorite novel of yours, surpassing Looking for Alaska. I simply fell in love with your words. I have a habit of doing that. I’d honestly love to beg you for my soul back, but I suppose you aren’t the real culprit. The book is. My best friend Kaylee is forever head over heels for The Fault in our Stars. That is her personal favorite. She’s the one who introduced me to you, and your novels. We would just like to say that you have honestly touched our lives. We plan to continue our readings, and we hope you continue to bless us with them.
-Kaylee and Kelli

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MB15 May 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Hello Mr Green ,
I want you to know, I’m a big fan of your books! I rode all your books:
TFIOS
LFA
AAOK
Paper towns
and
Will Grayson, Will Grayson.
I know you are not going to reply this, but I wish you do it.
Anyway, Love you!!

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Sydney Schroeder May 19, 2015 at 9:16 pm

Hello, the one-and-only John Green. I feel like that introduction of myself to you doesn’t give you any justice to the magic you put into your books. I have successfully read ALL of your books; the only thing is, i am truly sad because your words won’t bring happiness to my day anymore – unless of course i re-read you marvelous books (which is the only thought in my mind right now). Basically, to summarize this short comment i have just sent to you, PLEASE, PLEASE create more books that you use your superb mind to write.
To the lovely John Green,
Sydney Schroeder

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Rein Marie Filosopo May 20, 2015 at 5:58 am

Hello John Green! I am Rein from the Philippines!
I just got your books and i think i am now the happiest person in the planet! I am so excited to read Paper Towns and the rest of your stories. I finished TFIOS last year before the release of the movie. I love to read the book before watching the movie :)
You never fail to impress me and to be honest, this is my first time to admire an Author and to be obsessed to his stories.I can’t wait to read it Sir!
Thank you so much for being such an amazing one!

I will always be a fan! I love you!
Rein

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Maggie Furr May 20, 2015 at 3:49 pm

i am doing a project in civics due 5/22/15, about 5 people who we think have had an impact on america. I believe you are one of them. If it is possible i would like to know more about your inspiration for your books, and what your childhood was like, what your college plans were. just stuff like that. I understand if you dont want too. Also i am a really big fan

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Ketlin May 21, 2015 at 3:25 pm

Hey !
John Green you is my favorit write, because your books are irreverent ,magic…
No words to describe the feeling that they cause me .
Thank you for existing!!!

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Maria Silva May 21, 2015 at 3:38 pm

Dear Mr. Green,
I hope you don’t take this as a feeble attempt to copy your writing style, but I assure you it isn’t. I writel like this most often. (When I don’t it’s to my friend so they don’t think I’m too weird.) First of all, I feel the need to praise you for your absolutely marvelous work which has made me feel grat things. I love all your books, and I like writing myself, so everytime I re-reade one of your books, I wish I could be as good at it as you are.
Now that that has been said, I must say that I’m also quite a fan of football (soccer) myself, and though a support a Spanish team, (Atletico de Madrid) but one of my friends is absolutely fanatic about Liverpool. And I think they’re a great team too.
Last of all, because I don’t want to bore you to death (seriously though,) I thank you for allowing me, and the rest of the world, to read your books, because they are absoultely fantastic.
All the best,
Maria.
P.S. I’m very excited about the Paper Towns movie soon; I even changed my santa emoji to a black santa.

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Rein Marie Filosopo May 22, 2015 at 5:52 am

Hello John Green! I am Rein from the Philippines!
I just got your books and i think i am now the happiest person in the planet! I am so excited to read Paper Towns and the rest of your stories. I finished TFIOS last year before the release of the movie. I love to read the book before watching the movie :)
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I will always be a fan! I love you!
Rein

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