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.

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Emily Holdren September 25, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Mr. John Green,

I know that there is a very slim chance you’ll ever read my message, I know that you’re busy probably writing some new stories, and publishing them for us to read. I just wanted you to know that The Fault in Our Stars was a marvelous book and even though was totally fiction, touched everyone’s hearts, (the people that actually read the book). The movie was good but missed out on so many things. Not so much that the movie was incomplete, but enough to make the people who read the book go “They missed that.” I know you probably get this a lot but… What happens to Hazel? Does she die? I mean we all die but I really want to know when it happens. Also, Isaac, does he find love? I know its probably strange having a fan write to you about only one of your books. Truth is, I only read The Fault in Our Stars (FOS). I haven’t read any of your other books because I’m afraid they won’t live up to the perfection of FOS. I’m not saying you’re a bad writer, or you can’t ever write a book as well as you’ve written FOS… I just enjoy rereading what I know is great work. I love how I can get attached to the characters, and how it can make me cry without trying. I know you probably won’tn read this. But if you do, can you answer those questions? I would love to know.

Sincerely, Your fan
Emily

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Jordan Constantine September 25, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Dear Emily,

I’ve just finished reading The Fault in Our Stars – I too wonder the same questions. I’m annoyed that John has done to us the very thing that Peter did to Hazel. I had a feeling that he’d end the book the same way. But you know in a way I’m glad, it lets us decide Hazel and Isaac’s fate. Having no ending to the book, allows their future not to be set in stone. As naive as this must sound, why can’t we just imagine everyone lived happily ever after?
Like John said, ‘writing does not resurrect, it buries.’ – once something is written it can’t be undone.
Whatever reality we all choose to live in, John has allowed us to choose the fate of characters that don’t even exist. Some may say she beat cancer, some may say she died. Either way, we’ll never know but we can only imagine.

I too am a fan,

Jordan.

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brinn hill & kenzie merck September 27, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Dear Jordan,
My best friend and I just finished watching ‘The Fault In Our Stars” for the second time and read the book for the third , and we both agree with your opinion. As in “An Imperial Affliction” as Van Houten ended the story in the middle of a sentence and let us hanging well John did the same thing (what you said) although , it drives us crazy not knowing what happens to Hazel after the death of Gus. Does she move on? Do her and Isaac become an item? The positive thing we find about this though is that we can create a picture or even and idea to how they live the rest of there life until their time comes. So we would like to think John Green though because the idea was VERY intelligant! We are currently reading his book “Paper Towns” If you have not read it yet you should try it!

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Meera Thomas September 29, 2014 at 11:02 pm

Dear Jordan,
I too was agitated by the fact that John made us choose our fate for Hazel. But what we didn’t notice, is that John basically put us on a path, and this path has an infinite amount of crossroads. These crossroads are the fates that we think of. All of these paths are different and unique. Thats what John wants. He wanted TFIOS to make people think. He did do what Van Houten did, but not in a bad way in a brilliant way. He gave us an option. Because if he had written Hazel’s fate on paper, there would be only one path. And this path would have an ending. As for the other, the ending is infinite.

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Kayla Sleeper September 25, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Hi Mr. Green! My name is Kayla Sleeper and I am 11 years old.
In literacy class, we are doing a project on our favorite author. I chose you. It was a very hard choice between you and Suzanne Collins. But, I decided on you. Anyway, in the class, we are assigned to ask 2 questions about our author. Since I couldn’t exactly find the answers. So I am personally writing this to you.
Okay the questions are…
What inspired you to become an author?
If you weren’t an author, what career would you have studied and be doing currently?
Thanks for letting me take time out of your crazy life.
Please write back but if you don’t I totally understand.
Your Reader,
Kayla, 11
PS: I LOVE THE FAULT IN OUR STARS AND LOOKING FOR ALASKA!!

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Rachel September 25, 2014 at 7:19 pm

Dr, John Green
Hi I’m Rachel and I’ve read almost all of your books.
You inspire me in so many ways.
I didn’t think it would be possible to fall in love with so much books from the same Author.
It is.
I have so many questions but I don’t think I should bore you so I have to ask.
What happens to Pudge after?
Does Hazel die?
I am doing an auto biography on someone who inspires me, I choose you.
You Inspire me so much, Thank you.
I know there is a 50% chance you’ll read this but anyways it was fun writing this.

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Mary Rossal September 25, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Hi! Mr. Green. I’m Mary Rossal I want be a writer someday, no like you because you’re unique, I want writte fantasy and fiction, but I have a problem I need an agent and I would like send it to you first, to give my some advices or help me and i know that you don’t writte nothing like that but I would like know what you think abou it.
I know that you don’t answer any email but I would be glad if you give me an answer. And also if you don’t have the time to read it I would like to give some Email to send it, please.
Your reader and fan, Mary Rossal.
PS: I love Paper Towns is like be in an eternal journey.

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Mya Williamson September 25, 2014 at 11:37 pm

Dear Mr. Green,

My name is Mya Williamson. My friend, Kyle, and I love the book the Fault in Our stars. I watched the movie 4 times and read the book 5 times. I am reading the book to my dad. My friend, Emma, just finished the book. My mom and my friend, Amelia want to read it also. My cousin, Julia, read the book at my request. Everybody loves your book. Hazel loves reading the An Imperial Affliction and I am like Hazel, but a) I do not have cancer. b) I do not have a boyfriend. c) I do not have short hair. d) the Fault in our Stars is my An Imperial Afflition. I hope you are not like Peter Van Houten. Peter is a) drunk. b) crazy and c) crappy. I think this book is amazing and you are an amazing author. My mom likes Lisa Boreo’s books, but I like yours. Tell me if you have any more books coming out. I would love to see them.

Mya Williamson
(Age 11)

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Dasan September 26, 2014 at 4:46 pm

1st I would like to say that my name is pronounced Du-san… sorry just had to get that out there.. I have a few questions mr.green that relate to your 2012 book called the fault in our stars. I have just finished reading the book today and instantly fell in love with your book. I will be buying more. my questions are the following
what happens to hazel and Isaac
what does mr. van houten (?) do for the rest of his… well… time
and why did you have to make agustus her first true love die?
mr. green look forward to seeing a lot of (fangirling) Jackie ossa my cover up name on youtube… I look forward to seeing the movie and I hope your literate books go well… good day.

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Kirstie September 26, 2014 at 10:23 pm

Hello Mr. John Green, I’m Kirstie from the great state of Louisiana. (and NO, we do NOT grab alligators with our bare hands and ride them to school like some type of savagery) First off, I would love to inform you that your books have expanded my knowledge, as well as vocabulary. You are a very well writer (of course you already know this,you have like seventy bajillion New York best-sellers but, hey, it’s always good for affirmation right?) Anyways, John, I have formed an obsession with your books, and you I guess because I mean, you wrote the books. I love how you speak the language of teens today, and try to connect with them as much as possible. I would love for you to read this, so somehow, if you do read this Johnny boy, let me know SOMEHOW either on twitter or my email. It would be a dream to have the writer of several wonderful books reply to a very boring girl, like myself. So my twitter is @itskirstiehere . Don’t be hesitant either. If you see this a couple of minutes after I click submit, go ahead and @ me. Trust me I have no life I’ll see it immediately. Thanks again John! u r da bestest evr

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hannah brady September 27, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Hi John Green this is Hannah Brady I e-mailed you probably a week ago but you didn’t answer and I know that you have other fans and other e-mails and letters but this book of yours means a lot to me and even though this is for a book report it still means a lot to me and I would really appreciate it if you answered. But if you don’t answer I understand.

Hannah
Brady

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Carlos Eduardo Venturi September 27, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Hello, Mr. Green. I am a lover of your books and just read “Paper Towns” and got several questions I would like you to answer me: Margo really “leave” his life and ends up living in New York? What ends up happening with Quentin and his friends? The Family Margo is right after all? Ruthie received the calls that Margo promissed her to do every Tuesday? Margo and Quentin do not build a life together then? Or perhaps a diary Quentin and ends up going to college and gets no time to write the rest because had to work for a while to pay for the trip that Agloe and have to study? Please, I need to know … I need answers.

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Débora Beatriz September 27, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Dear John Green,
‘m Deborah Beatriz, Brazilian, live in a small town in Brazil, little known. I am completely in love for their works, especially ‘GUILT is STARS’.
I got very emotional, I spent three days trying to overcome the book, but not beyond, greatly moved me, and I think with all that I have read, a fascinating and engaging story. And as Hazel Grace and Augustus wrote to Peter, I write the same way for you, hoping someday you answer me. ‘ll Just ask a question.
WHAT HAPPENS WITH HAZEL GRACE, AFTER THE DEATH OF AUGUSTUS? The HER LIFE? HOW IT IS?
I will be very grateful if someday you answer me, thank you.
Deborah Beatriz

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Jack French September 27, 2014 at 10:25 pm

John- My wife and I just finished watching “The fault in our stars” and were moved by the life experience of the two young people. We turned to each other and said that what we have that makes some sense of these tradgedies is Jesus Christ. And yet you and so many others mock the truth of the Gospels because its far more clever to leave people believing in nothing. I am always surprised that folks actually believe that what they believe is truth. I wish you a far deeper look at the evidence of Jesus Christ.

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Annepreet September 28, 2014 at 7:44 am

Hello Mr green,
I just finished reading “the fault in our stars.” And i have
Never read something like that before. I really don’t want to sound like hazel in book but i really wantd to know what happens to hazel really? Augustus is an amazing character, a perfect lover I have ever heard of. Still i want to noe what really happen to hazel? Does she survives her cancer or cancer took her to Augustus?

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Sofy Usanova September 28, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Dear John Green,
I live in Russia, and I wanted to tell you thank you for your books, they are fine. They helped me understand that there is always a “Maybe.” Your book helped me to survive your time and soak it with dignity.
I know, I’m just a fan, and it does not change anything, just thank you so much.
I hope more will read your books, and do not get lost in this world. And you still did not finish istriiyu Hazel, but I think it does not matter. It is important that only one person will remember you.
Sofy.

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Talia September 28, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Hey John Green
I just wanted to say that your books are The best thing that ever happend to me. They inspired me a lot and helped me through life. I wen know what happend to Pudge and Hazel did she die later in life.

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Maliha September 28, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Dear Mr. Green
I Just finished reading your AMAZING book THE FAULT IN OUR STARS and I felt I must write to you about it immediately . I borrowed it from my school library because my cousin recommended it to me. And I am SO glad she did. This book is possibly the BEST I HAVE EVER READ. And believe me, I have read loads of books. I cannot go a day without reading. When I finished the book I remembered a quote from All The World’s A Stage by William Shakespeare. The ending goes like this:
‘ Last scene of all,
That ends this strange, eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.’

‘Sans’ is French for without by the way. Well as far as I know it is.
Anyhow, like most fans I have a few questions (okay a lot) about this AWESOME book seeing as you did exactly what Van Houten did to Hazel and I would really appreciate you taking your time to read and answer them. Here goes:
What happens to Hazel? I know she dies but how? And when?
Does she ever find a true love again?
Does Isaac get the robotic eyes he wants?
Does Isaac find a new Monica?
Does Peter Van Houten write the sequel to AIA?
What happens to Hazels mother and father?
How do they cope when she dies?
And why did you have to make AUGUSTUS of all people die?
(sad face)
This book honestly made me cry and you are such a brilliant author.
I hope you read this message and answer my questions. Thank you.

From an eleven year old girl that LOVES THE FAULT IN OUR STARS!

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Leah September 28, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Hello Mr. Green,
I have only just started to get into reading! The first book I read of yours was Looking For Alaska. I just LOVE your books they are Brilliant!!! I have also read The Failt In Our Stars, Paper Towns and I am now reading An Abundence Of Kathryn’s ! Your books get to me so much, I think it is the Words you use and the way you use them. The first novel that I ever read was The Hunger Games by Susan Collins when I was 11, now I am 12 and in all of my free time I am sitting in a corner reading! At play my friends allways nag at me to stop reading but I just can’t! So I would like to thank you for all of the time you put into these books, and I hope you are going yo wright lots more!!! Because it is your books that get me thru the day, knowing that when I get home from school, I can relax and read a good John Green book!

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Leah September 28, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Hello Mr. Green,
I have only just started to get into reading! The first book I read of yours was Looking For Alaska. I just LOVE your books they are Brilliant!!! I have also read The Failt In Our Stars, Paper Towns and I am now reading An Abundence Of Kathryn’s ! Your books get to me so much, I think it is the Words you use and the way you use them. The first novel that I ever read was The Hunger Games by Susan Collins when I was 11, now I am 12 and in all of my free time I am sitting in a corner reading! At play my friends allways nag at me to stop reading but I just can’t! So I would like to thank you for all of the time you put into these books, and I hope you are going yo wright lots more!!! Because it is your books that get me thru the day, knowing that when I get home from school, I can relax and read a good John Green book!

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irene reilly September 29, 2014 at 8:50 pm

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Karina Farias September 30, 2014 at 7:04 am

Hi, sir john green, my name is Karina Farias, I am Brazilian and I’m 16. I am completely in love with his works, I have yet to finish but delighted me very much! Both beautiful and sad story of Hazel and Gus, as the cold and rebellious Alaska, you really are the best author. Congratulations, I’m your fan. Kisses.

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Cheryl Onderchain September 30, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Mr. Green,

Your book was truly amazing. I let my 9-year old daughter read it and she loved it as well. It makes me sad to see that it’s being banned. I think for you that’s a good thing because I think now more teens and tweens will want to read it just because its banned. Banning books is never good. Banning TFIOS is really just tragic. Yours was one of the best books I’ve ever read- thank you so much for writing such a courageous love story and for letting us get to know two remarkable people in Hazel and Gus.

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Bianca Busatto de Almeida October 1, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Dear John Green, I live in Brazil and I had the opportunity and the pleasure of reading your book. I was really charmed by the story of “The culda is the star.” I hope to read many more books written by you.

Well, dear, I needed to write to you, I felt needed, it seemed that if I did not write to you would not have felt I have bought the book and have seen the film more or less five times.

So John Green, I was charmed with the very history of Augustus and Hazel, only had a part of the book that made me to travel in time, that was the one going to Amsterdam to meet Peter, but traveled in time because that you put in the book Anne Frank! I have a strong admiration for this girl and my dream has always been to visit her house, but for financial reasons I can not go!

moved me all the time in the book and movie. and I ask you to not like Peter, who does not respond the e-mails from fans. I know that time is long gone but take a moment to answer his fans!

I would appreciate a response from you!
the two books I will never stop reading, never to let dust into the closet that are the Diary of Anne Frank and Guilt is the star! The best books in the WORLD!

thank you dear John Green!

regards, Bianca

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Madison Herr October 1, 2014 at 2:19 pm

i think u are a really graet author like I love your story the fault in our stars

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Renata Freire October 1, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Hello, John.

I’m a journalist and I work for a local newspaper in Brazil. On October 12th we celebrate the chidren day here. As you know, your books became really popular among young people. So we would love if you could answer some question for us. Its for a especial article for the kids section.

They’re no exactly about your work. The idea is to talk to artists that have a big influence for young people, so they can tell us about their own experience about being young.

So here are the questions:

1) What is to be a kid for you?

2) What is the best memory from your childhood?

I would love if you could answer. Kids adore your work here in Brazil. I’m sure that they would be amazed.

Thank you very much.

Best regards,
Renata Freire
Jornal A Tarde, Brazil

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Makayla Adams October 1, 2014 at 10:11 pm

Dear John Green,
Your books are amazingly thought provoking and eye opening, you have been such a inspiration to me to live life in the moment and have fun! I love you so much !
Yours truly,
Makayla Adams

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Memey Paz October 1, 2014 at 10:29 pm

Hey John,
I’m writing to you from Bolivia (yup, Bolivar was our first president ;] )
This is not the typical I-am-your-biggest-fan message (I love your books though). This is about a more trascendental topic. I beg you for a few seconds (or minutes), please don’t be like Van Houten (I know you’re not, but just to get the idea). Look, my best friend, parabatai, and unbiological twin of all times is going through some hard times. She was diagnosed with some kind of rare leuchemia a few months ago. She’s doing her best to stay strong (she has truly amazed me with her strength), because only her parents, siblings, a friend and I know about it. She doesn’t wsnt to tell anyone about it because she doesn’t want people looking at her and only seeing an illness… quite complicated.
The thing is, she’s one of the most amazing people in the whole wide world. I mean, she still atends her classes at the university, acts, reads, and brightens everyone’s days even if she’s having the hardest of times. (I always tell her she’s a peggicorn because she’s magic, unique and amazing). She absolutely adores you, she waits for your vlogs like plants wait for sunshine… I think shenwrote you before, not quite sure though. PLEASE, I’m not asking (ever) for money or gifts or any stuff like that. Just write to her, or mention her in one of your videos, just that little gesture would probably get her a heart attack (of the good ones, not health issued haha) and you would make her sooooo happy. She always helps people without any interest of getting something back (she does a loooot of voluntary work and stuff).
So, pleaseee, grant me this (I know the world is not a wish granting factory, but exceptions always tend to happen), write to her.
Have you ever met someone whom is always supporting you, whom exudes good vibrations, someone who helps you when you had a really crappy day??? Well, she is like that. I believe someone like her deserves something like one of her favorite authors writing her. Her name is Gabriela Weiss (she’s as Gaa Lovegood on Facebook [lovegood because of Luna])
Thank you in advance.
Memey
P.s: I’ll write you everyday if I need to, so please, just write to her! :)

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