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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Scott Bowlinger January 20, 2016 at 3:33 am

All of a sudden, when I open a YouTube video….another YouTube Video automatically starts drowning out the YouTube video I selected. The one I selected is playing in the background while some other bogus YouTube video is blasting away and audibly covering the sound of the video I selected. Help!!!


Ann Westlake January 20, 2016 at 1:26 pm

Hi John,
Loved your list of 18 books, but man, are you a fast speaker!
Could you print out the list of titles and authors for us, there were several that I would read, along with your great titles!
Thanks, and happy writing and blogging!
Vancouver, BC Canada


Steve Punter January 20, 2016 at 4:34 pm

This is actually a copy of a message I posted on a different page that linked to this one. It seemed to have a different comment engine. Please accept my apologies if I shouldn’t have done this. Anyway…

I’ve been a long-time of fan of the Mental Floss YouTube channel, on which you appear quite frequently. I recently watched an installment from April of 2013 in which you went through a list of MISPRONOUNCED words. You even seemed to be quite compassionate about it.

Perhaps you could therefore explain to me why you (and a number of other YouTube presenters I also admire, who you seem to have a connection with) have started to pronounce the word EXPERIMENT as though it had an “i” in there the letter “p”. That is, you always seem to say “EX-PIER-EMENT.

I’ve been through every dictionary on the internet that provides an audible example of word pronunciation, and NONE of them seem to say it this way. They all say it the way I’ve always said it, which is EX-PAIR-EMENT.

As a published writer, I figured that you, more than anyone else, should be able to explain this apparent MISPRONUNCIATION of a very common word.


Hank Green January 21, 2016 at 11:49 am

Me too


Adventurer January 22, 2016 at 2:22 am

Hi. I want to thank John Green for “Paper Towns”. This work has been a miracle for me, it reffered to in the book, and do not forget to help themselves.
It is interesting to look at other people’s eyes at a similar story in real-life, reading this book. After reading, i thought a lot and learned a lot. Thank you very much for the lesson. Now re-read the book in English. I think, that i would find it even more.
P.S. Sorry for my bad English, i will fix it =)


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Kristen Efymow January 23, 2016 at 12:54 am

Mt. Ephraim 8th Grade Dinner Dance Committee
R.W. Kershaw School
125 S. Black Horse Pike
Mt.Ephraim, NJ 08059
(856) 931-1634

To Whom it May Concern,

Our committee is currently working on the 8th Grade Dinner Dance for the class of 2016. This dinner dance has become a tradition at the R.W. Kershaw School as a way to help celebrate our students’ hard work, achievements, and friendships. The students look upon this dance as the highlight of their years in the Mount Ephraim School District.

The parents and families of the Class of 2016 are working diligently to plan for this formal event and are working on many fundraisers to help defray the costs associated with the dance.

We are planning a Tombola/Silent Auction on March 13, 2016, and we are reaching out to businesses for contributions for the event. Anything you are able to donate to help us raise money will go directly toward the purchase of awards, programs, class banner, food, music, etc. Your donation is completely tax deductible. Our federal Tax Identification Number is 21-6000253. All donations will be acknowledged in the auction program booklet.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 609-417-0091. Contributions can be directly mailed to the R.W. Kershaw School at 125 S. Black Horse Pike, Mount Ephraim, N.J. 08059. Please mark the envelope Kristen Efymow 8th Grade Diner Dance Committee and pleas include a business card. In the event you would like to donate merchandise and need to have it picked up, please call me to arrange a pick up that is convenient for you.

I thank you for you consideration to help us make this dance a night our children will always remember.

With sincere appreciation,

Kristen Efymow and the Mount Ephraim 8th
Grade Dinner Dance Committee


Oya January 26, 2016 at 4:15 am

Hey! Could somebody tell me what “great perhaps” really means? I cant find its meaning. I’m about to freak out!!

- A big reader of John Green


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ROBERTH SANTOYO January 26, 2016 at 7:23 pm

Hola buen día John, por un momento, y al leer todo en inglés, pensé en hacerlo igual, pero estaría dejando de lado mis raíces mexicanas, dejando de lado mi idioma nato; y me dije .

Escribo para decirle que he leído casi todos sus libros, son buenos, los finales no me convencen, sin embargo, es una manera original de acabar una historia, y como bien lo dice en “The faoul in our stars” las personas no escriben su fin porque vivimos sin esperarlo. Pero bueno, “Papers Town” es mi favorito junto a “An abundance of Katherines” ambos me ensañaron cosas que me cuesta ver, y también me di cuenta que he vivido cosas parecidas.

Con esto me despido, estoy a nada de iniciar Noches Blancas!!!

Saludos y un afectuoso abrazo desde México.


Kelly Panebianco January 27, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Dear John…. I’m reading Looking for Alaska – loving it and thinking – someone has to make this into a broadway play! Alex Sharp (Curious Incident of the Dog..) would be perfect as Miles Halter. He has the unique ability to be totally pure and flawed at the same time. It would be magic.


Bailey January 28, 2016 at 5:39 pm

Just found out a guy from a nearby highschool has osteosarcoma. I don’t know him personally and even tho he doesn’t go to my school it still sucks. He has close ties to a few students and now our school has gotten together to help him and his family. Best wishes #RefuseToLose


yamileth gomez January 29, 2016 at 3:48 am

looking for alaska <3 me encantoo <3


jesse McDonald January 29, 2016 at 5:41 pm

Dear Mr green. How are you. I have read your fault in our stars i couldn’t put it down. I have a few questions. What happens to hazel in the end? Does the cancer get her in the end? If so is she in pain? Does peter van-houton ever clean up his act? I know that he is grieving for his daughter but i don’t think she would want her father to keep going off the deep end. What in your opinion makes a great book?
What is your #1 rule with wrting? And what do you tell new writer who is just starting out? Thanks for reading this.
Your fan, jesse McDonald


Sam January 30, 2016 at 2:47 pm

Mr. Green. I read his book the fault in our stars loved it but I have a doubt what about hazel? and what about Isaac? With much appreciation and affection from Mexico


Rosh January 31, 2016 at 12:09 pm

Mr. Green,
I’m attempting to do a literature essay on you short story ‘Reasons’…

But i can’t find it ANYWHERE


Brianna Garza January 31, 2016 at 7:53 pm

Hi I love your books their so amazing and you can take me to an whole new world


Priscilla Castro January 31, 2016 at 9:54 pm

I’m doing a research paper on you, and I was wanting to know what us fans could expect from you this year and year of 2017?


Paloma Nakazoni February 1, 2016 at 10:45 pm

Hi John,
I am Paloma, I’m half Brazilian and half Japanese, and I live in Brazil. So forgive me if you have any compliance errors because I am appealing to Google Translate. I read some book her, and loved. The first one I read was “The Fault in our Stars”, and I found it amazing! It is wonderful. It is about two years since I read it, and when the movie came out here, I expected some people to be the movies before me, to report to me what you think. Yeah. But not told me very good things about the film, and how I had found the book a little unsatisfactory in their end, not seen before.
Yesterday watched the movie “Insurgent” series “Divergent” and the lead actress is the same wonderful Shailene Woodley, and could not help but remind me of The Fault In our Stars. So that’s how I decided to watch the film and draw my own conclusions about it.
The point is that he is as cruel as the book is. And do not think you just be like Peter Van Houten! I need to know when Hazel finish reading the letter from Gus and closes her eyes, she dies or simply close your eyes … If Isaac could have amazing mechanical eyes … If the mother Hazel can be a wizard social … If Hazel managed to undo the balance sheet (do not think it was very clear this) …
Of course I would like a second book, but if I get those answers, I’ll feel immensely grateful.

Thank you, read everything I wrote … I hope for a response.

Okay, Paloma.


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Warta auto zastępcze February 4, 2016 at 8:27 am

Odszkodowanie na rzecz taksówkarzy

W przykładu nagminnej stłuczki, zwykle nie ma większych szkopułów niedaleko umawianiu formalności. Szczególnie, pod warunkiem obydwie paginy znają się pogadać. Od czasu do czasu przypuszczalnie trafień niemniej do nietypowej pozycji, jak sprawcą kolizji jest zwierzyna względnie płatowiec.
Taka nietypowa pozycja zdarzyła się ostatnimi czasy. Startujący płatowiec uległ usterce. Przy miękkim konfrontacja począł naraz schodzić w dół, co sprawiło skasowania jadących samochodów. Przekonująco, mamy tutaj do wykonywania ze stratą powszechną. Samochód ani w ząb nie przeznacza się aż do regeneracji. Linie lotnicze posiadają konieczne ubezpieczenia. W tym losie spośród pańszczyzną odszkodowania nie powinno znajdować się większych tematów. Bezsprzecznie, ten szansa nie przylega do najtrudniejszych, skoro samolot został poznany. W takiej sprawy zostaje poszczególnie kandydatura życzenia aż do podmiotu pilnego. W losie, starganym samochodem stanowiła taksówka. W takiej sytuacji, taksówkarz ponadto wulgarnego zadośćuczynienia, zdoła też domagać się odszkodowania za postojowe. Istnieje owo kompensata w ciągu termin zgaszenia z używania wozu służącego, kto dopisuje do zamiarów zarobkowych.


Breese Rigsby February 4, 2016 at 11:04 pm

Hi. I am an amazing fan of TFIOS and LFA. And I was wondering if you plan on making a sequel to any of those two. Honestly I am pretty much obsessed with The Fault in our Stars. A matter of fact it is sitting right beside me. In summary my question is: Do you plan on making sequels to any of your books?


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Naprawienie szkody w celu taksówkarzy

W przykładu powszechnej stłuczki, z reguły nie ma większych kłopotów u planowaniu formalności. Szczególnie, jeśliby obydwie paginy wydołają się omówić. Czasami zdoła zajść mimo to do nietypowej sytuacji, gdy sprawcą kraksy jest zwierzyna lub samolot.
Taka nietypowa sytuacja zdarzyła się ostatnimi czasy. Startujący samolot uległ usterce. Pod ręką zwiotczałym demolka nawiązał nieoczekiwanie uciec, co sprawiło zatarcia jadących pojazdów. Bezspornie, matki tu do działania ze krzywdą dokumentną. Wóz w żaden sposób nie przeznacza się aż do regeneracji. Linie lotnicze mają potrzebne ubezpieczenia. W tym casusie spośród wypłatą zadośćuczynienia nie winnaś być większych ambarasów. Rzecz jasna, ów szansa nie wypada do najtrudniejszych, jako że aeroplan pozostał zidentyfikowany. W takiej kondycji ostaje zaledwie zgłoszenie roszczenia aż do podmiotu odpowiedzialnego. W kazusie, nadwyrężonym autem stanowiła taryfa. W takiej kondycji, taksiarz nie licząc z odszkodowania, przypadkiem też domagać się zadośćuczynienia zbytnio postojowe. Jest to nagroda wewnątrz termin wyłączenia z wykorzystywania auta służącego, kto usługuje do celów zarobkowych.


wynajem z oc sprawcy February 7, 2016 at 8:36 pm

Odszkodowanie gwoli taksówkarzy

W przykładu pospolitej stłuczki, zwykle nie ma większych kłopotów nieopodal układaniu formalności. Szczególnie, gdyby obydwie stronic znają się pogadać. Czasem prawdopodobnie dojść pomimo tego aż do nietypowej sytuacji, jak sprawcą kraksy istnieje zwierzyna łowna ewentualnie płatowiec.
Taka nietypowa wypadek zdarzyła się ostatnio. Startujący samolot wypadł usterce. W niewielkiej odległości puchowym swary rozpoczął naraz zmyć się, co wywołało skasowania jadących czterech kółek. Jawnie, rodzicielki po tej stronie aż do sprawiania ze szkodą skończoną. Pojazd w ogóle nie przydaje się do regeneracji. Linie aeronautyczne mają konieczne polisy. W tym trafie spośród opłatą odszkodowania nie winnaś być większych kłopotów. Oczywiście, ów przypadek gramatyczny nie wypada do najtrudniejszych, dlatego że płatowiec pozostał poznany. W takiej kondycji pozostaje wyłącznie zgłoszenie żądania do podmiotu dbałego. W trafie, podkopanym samochodem była taryfa. W takiej pozycji, taksówkarz na dodatek sztampowego odszkodowania, przypuszczalnie też domagać się zadośćuczynienia za postojowe. Jest owo nagroda za związek frazeologiczny wyłączenia spośród użytkowania samochodu służącego, który serwuje do finałów zarobkowych.


Serenity Gann February 8, 2016 at 1:49 pm

Dear John Green,
Your book The Fault in Our Stars is a wonderful and inspiring book. Why did you have to make it so sad? You are a wonderful author, and your quotes are amazing! I really want to read some more of your books. If you could kindly write back I would love that!

Serenity Gann


Maddie February 8, 2016 at 7:42 pm

The characters in this novel are very real and relatable making it more enjoyable for teenagers and young adults. The adventure the characters, Colin and Hasan, go on make the novel more interesting and leaves the reader wondering what the two will face next. My favorite character in the book was Colin because of how different he was and his dry sense of humor. I liked the book but I felt as though there wasn’t a definite ending or point to the novel. I liked the cute secretive relationship between Colin and his friend, Lindsey. If I could change one thing I would have added more of a plot or point to the story. I would recommend this book to another person.


Eli February 9, 2016 at 8:16 pm

John Green,
I am doing a report on you for my english class. The report is about someone who creates an impact of the world and why we should care about it. I would love to be able to interview you for my primary source. If you ever find the time please let me know.

Sincerely, Eli Hill


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