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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Allyson January 23, 2012 at 7:32 pm

So, I’ve noticed some similarities in Looking for Alaska and some songs from the Velvet Underground? Anyone else notice this?


aubrey farrell February 11, 2012 at 9:27 pm

what songs?


Paige Kennedy February 15, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Hootie and the Blow Fish song, Let Her Cry. It’s talking all about how, he doesn’t understand her, but he loves her so he’ll let her cry and sing if it makes her happy, and he’ll just be there and drink.


Aubrey Farrell March 2, 2012 at 8:41 am

whoa! thanks :)


Laura Kuwawi January 24, 2012 at 8:47 am

Dear John,
from the heart: I’m a German journalist and I love you and Paper Towns and Q and Margo (I actually think I AM Margo) and Ben and Radar and… you get the point.

I would love to help you to catch the attention of as many readers as possible. That’s why I will write an enthusiastic review for a German family-magazine. If you have anything to tell your German fanbase: Do. It. Now.




Gill Duffy January 24, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns changed the way I look at life.. you are an amazing writer. Absolutely amazing. Thank you for allowing the public to enjoy such novels. I just bought The Fault In Our Stars and I can’t wait to start reading.


Austin Kreitler January 25, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Hey John Green! holy shit. your good. like, really good. I’m Austin Kreitler and I am missing your Tour de Nerdfighteria Tour 2012. I wish i could be there tonight, I have rehearsal tonight and couldn’t make it to the event. I love your works DFTBA!!


Sophia Drapeau January 25, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Hi john green, i literally love you a bit more than my mother. I just became a nerdfighter. DFTBA!!! LOVE YOU! I’m missing your tour for rehearsal for a show. Basically this email had no point but I came to tell you how AWESOME you are! DFTBA!


Maya W. January 26, 2012 at 12:41 pm


You are a very cool person, John Green. Thanks.


Maya W.


Paula Laurita January 27, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Alabama Public Libraries are currently working on implementing a statewide awareness program called Geek the Library. Geek the Library is simple and bold—and lots of fun. It gets noticed and gets people talking about libraries. Geek the Library was created by OCLC, a nonprofit library cooperative, and Leo Burnett USA in June 2009 with a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Alabama program will run April to December 2012.
We are not asking for money. We do need your help to spread the good news about Alabama public libraries. We are creating posters of actors, athletes, writers, etc., connected to Alabama. All we are asking for is a photo we can use and one or two words for something you are passionate about. For example, my poster would read, “I geek Italian cooking.” These posters will be used across Alabama, showing that no matter what you geek, the library supports you.
Thank you for your time and consideration. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.


Paula Laurita January 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Sorry, I thought the box was an email form.


Christina Gilbert January 27, 2012 at 8:23 pm

I just finished An Abundance of Katherines, which was recommended by my grad student niece Catherine. I seem to be into fantasy books lately but I wanted you to know I really enjoyed this book. I was/am in my head all the time worrying and I liked being brought back to my teen years in my mind. Thank you, you did good. Sincerely a middle aged house wife.


Jaslin January 28, 2012 at 5:55 pm

I just finished Paper Towns. I have nothing much to say, but that it was an amazing book written by an ultra amazing and talented author.
Now I can tell the world that John Green is my new inspiration.


Maryl February 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Thank you for all that you do, all that you’ve written, and all that you are. I’ve learned so much from you, your brother, my fellow nerdfighters, and your books. I think we all have a little bit of Margo and Alaska, or Q and Pudge, or even Augustus and Hazel. Maybe we don’t all embrace each part of ourselves, but I think we all try. If we didn’t maybe all of our strings would break at once, and then what?

You are an amazing man. Keep doing what you do best, inspiring your followers. Tell the Yeti hi for me, and Henry, too.

With much admiration,
Maryl C, Age 17


Donna February 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Just finished The Fault in Our Stars and LOVED IT!! Just keep ‘em coming John Green!!


Jeri Kozak February 2, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Dear John,

I’m a new fan. I’m a HUGE fan. I just read and fell in love with The Fault in Our Stars. Just thought you should know I’ll be telling everyone I talk to in the next 24 hours about it, including classrooms full of teenagers.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for those beautiful characters!

Jeri Kozak


Nancy February 8, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Jeri — we must be JohnGreenSoulmates. I, too, am a new fan. HUGE fan after Fault of Our Stars. I, too, teach and have been raving to my 10th and 11th graders about it. I just laughed reading your post. Could’ve been mine.


Em February 4, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Hi John. So I had this thought while watching your video on the Agricultural Revolution when you mentioned how elephants have a 22 month long pregnancy, and that got me thinking about their puppy-sized cousins. How long would THEIR pregnancy last? And would that set back their evolutionary advantage of being adorable? (You may have covered this already of course and I just haven’t seen it yet!)
Keep up the awesomeness,


Lee Rupert February 4, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Hah! Student chaplain at a children’s hospital 12 years ago you say? CPE? I believe it. You got the cancer scene truer than any non-fiction book I have read. I’m pushing TFiOS in tomorrow’s sermon. Already I tried to get a bunch of older ladies to read it. I bought a copy for my youth director (signed, thank you!) and another for my Mom as well as a Nook download for my wife (metastatic breast cancer, 4 years and still living) and me. Blessings to you, Sarah, Hank, Katherine, and the kid. You’re already awesome.


Jessica February 6, 2012 at 7:47 pm

John- You’ve done it again. I’m not one to cry in a book, but some days it’s hard. Some days, I am Hazel Grace. Some days I wish I could find my Gus. You’re an inspiration. You may not believe it some times, but you really do change lives. Keep doing what you do, you’re a fantastic writer and a heck of a nerdfighter :)

Hank- I’m fairly disappointed, I didn’t receive a Hankler fish :(


Alexa February 6, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Hey John!
In my Pre-AP English class (which is twice the work as AP for no college credit – yay?), we finally got to choose ANY book we wanted, and I chose Looking For Alaska. I absolutely-positively-without-a-doubt-beyond-expression loved it! I’m excited to commence work on the project portion: a song, a biography on the author, and a stage plan for a scene from the book! Just thought I’d let you know how much I loved it. Perhaps I will post the song, if it’s any good.


jessie February 11, 2012 at 7:18 pm



Abigail February 13, 2012 at 11:09 pm

I’m reading The Hunger Games, and I saw your name on the back. Did you review it? Or did some other guy named John Green?


Arielle Kamilah Mitchell (ArieMonster) February 14, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I must say Mr Green you are one of my favorite writers. I’m 17 and for most teenagers in my town they don’t really like to read but I must say if they read some of your books like Will Grayson, Will Grayson they will be hooked for life like I’m. And I think that I will be hooked FO EVEA (for ever)! I’m so happy that I can have another writer that interests me in their writers, and I can relate to characters in your books. Thank you for your creativeness, and poetic beauty, and flow of your books!!!


Imane February 20, 2012 at 12:54 pm



Laylaa Carpenter February 20, 2012 at 8:18 pm

I just finished reading “An Abundance of Katherines” and I loved it so much! I loved Hassan’s sense of humor, and the way Colin anagrammed and semi-overanalyzed almost everything.. and even the way the word “dingleberries” was used. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read, and you are an amazing and inspiring author. I’m SO looking forward to reading your other books.
Keep writing, please!
- Sincerely, Laylaa in Chicago


Britney Davis February 21, 2012 at 11:57 am

We would love to invite you to be a guest author at our Utah Council of Teachers of English in October. I am currently planning our conference and you were recommend as an author who would be wonderful to have. Do you ever do author visits? Would we be able to talk to you more about the logistics? Thanks, Britney Davis.


Haley Bell February 22, 2012 at 1:32 am

Dear John Green,
I just wanted to say that you are, without a doubt, one of my favorite authors. I love the way you make your characters come alive and I find myself thinking about them long after I’ve finished the book. When I started Looking For Alaska, I couldn’t put it down. I usually highlight quotes that I find while reading books and I was literally highlighting every other page. Some of my favorite quotes are from your books. I really just wanted to thank you for becoming an author. I can relate to so many subjects in your books and it truly feels like you understand these topics in a way that not many other writers do. Thank you for the honestly that you incorporate into your novels. Please never stop writing!
-Haley in California


Val Courtney February 23, 2012 at 4:51 pm

I was very sorry to discover your work late – too late, that is, to get the audiobook read by YOU. I was drawn in by your reading of the 1st two chapers on YouTube, which reinforced my curiosity about your book(s) after I’d heard you interviewed on NPR. However, having now dowloaded the audiobook and listened to chaper 3, I have to strongly disagree with you that the female narrator on the audiobook version that is widely available is appropriate to the story. I’m so distracted by her over-dramatization and her “light” attempts at a girlish voice that the emotional impact of the story is completely drowned out. I’ll surely read the print version, because your strong story-telling has me hooked. However, I’m deeply disappointed that the DFTBA Records limited edition of your own reading is now sold out. It doesn’t detract in the least that you’re “34-year old man reading a 16-year old girl’s narragive.” Because you “get” the nuances of this character’s point-of-view, it is a much more authentic and compelling experience to listen to your voice than female voice actor you and your publisher have selected. Please reconsider (if you have the ablity to do so) and re-issue the DFTBA version, which I would be delighted to purchase!


Susan Ramsey February 24, 2012 at 12:35 pm

I’m currently listening to “The Fault in our Stars” on Audible and really enjoying it if it is possible to enjoy the plight of teenagers with cancer. I’ve wondered along with many other people if “An Imperial Affliction” by Peter van Houten is a real book and my theory is that some of the themes are borrowed from Peter De Vries (also a Dutch American novelist) who wrote “The Blood of the Lamb” written a couple of years after the loss of his daughter from leukemia. The only reason I know of this book is that a pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Leland Albright, discussed it at length in a talk about the sufferings of Christ at a campus ministry event some years ago. I am know very interested in reading the book and seeing if indeed there are some shared themes with the imaginary “AIA”.


Cassie February 25, 2012 at 8:49 am

Dear John,
I randomly stumbled upon you and your works yesterday. I came across a quote, which I would later find belongs somewhere inside Looking for Alaska, and I instantly became intrigued. I googled that quote, because it didn’t come with your name, and then I found you, Hank, and the nerdfighters. A few hours later, I went out and bought The Fault in Our Stars (which I just finished moments ago) and Looking for Alaska. To say The Fault in Our Stars moved me, would be a tragic understatement. I’ve never had such a strong physical reaction to a book before. I cried harder and longer (off and on for hours) than when Dumbledore died. The Headmaster got a gasp and a few steady tears, Augustus and Hazel got sobs. If you knew the Potter fan I am, you’d know this is saying a lot. From the first paragraph, Hazel had me. You had me. And I was so pleased that an author finally wrote a young adult novel that went beyond the norm. I finally got to read about characters who I relate to. Now, I’ve never had cancer. My worst comes in the form of a dislocated knee four years ago, and for that, I’m grateful. But I still found myself in these characters. Hazel says that depression is a side effect of dying. But, for me, my depression was a side effect of living. I know, right? How??? Especially as a 19 year-old with the world at her feet. But, chemical imbalances, they make you feel some crazy shit. In the past year, my depression has lightened tremendously. I’ve had it so long, almost nine years to be exact, that I’ve forgotten what it felt like before it. Without it. But I know I don’t feel the strong urge to “no longer suffer from personhood” anymore, if you catch my drift. Your book, your characters, have only strengthened my desire to live and love and help (in whatever small ways) to rid the world of Suck. Thanks to you, Hazel, Augustus, and Isaac, I’ve never been happier to have two eyes, two legs, and two Cancer Liquid-free lungs. You’re amazing. Your awesomeness really can’t be put into words. Keep doing what you’re doing.

P.S. I fell in love with Augustus the second you described him and his aggressively poor posture in that plastic elementary school chair. Thank you. Thank you so much.


Kelcey March 8, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Just moments ago I wrote my own little note, and after I finished I stumbled upon yours, you make my note, well, to put it simply, not as good as yours. Your note explains what I was trying to, well, explain, so thank you.


Hannah March 17, 2012 at 10:08 am

YOU should be a writer, Cassie (are you?).
That was beautiful, and so true. John Green writes books that change lives. In Harry Potter, which I love, I felt like I was watching the characters, but with John Green, I AM the characters. I live their experiences. I didn’t just read about the places in his books; I was there. THANK YOU JOHN GREEN. And thank you Cassie, for wording it so much better than I could. :)


Carrie February 25, 2012 at 10:24 pm

I read in the back of looking for Alaska that you went to a similar boarding school and I was wondering if you got a scholarship much like the characters I’m the book and how I can apply for a scholarship


Margot Rutgers February 28, 2012 at 1:38 am

Dear Mr. Green,

Thank you for reminding me of the existence of Dutch nerdfighters. We are quite rare. And thanks for making me a little proud to be Dutch with ‘The Fault in our Stars’.

Margot Rutgers, Zeist, Holland


Kat February 28, 2012 at 3:10 am

Dear John,

I heard that you were a fantastic author and when I saw the Fault in our Stars, I bought it immediately, and also it was signed :)

When I read the first page, I was instantly hooked and today I have read over 200 pages throughout school and the day and I have come to a point in the book that I have stopped and thought that I have not been so into a book and craving for more since years ago.

So in this message I come to say that I absolutely love your book and your wonderous mind that came up with the words that are written down. Hope I get to read more :)

Kat from Los Angeles


Kerry March 1, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Hi John Green!
I just finished the fault in our stars for the 5th time (It’s my favorite book of al time) I just wanted to let you know how great a book it is. I’ve convinced a lot of people to start it and they’ll be reading it shortly. Also, I have A LOT of questions for you about the book, but all of the ways you gave to contact you you said you woud not return, so if there is any chance you will answer my questions let me know. PLEASE


julie March 7, 2012 at 9:22 pm

I just finished the audiobook of The Fault in Our Stars- and even though I am not your “target audience,” I was so moved by your writing that I had to write. I’m 34- interior designer in Nashville Tennessee- and found myself crying on the way home from work today as I listened to Augustus letter for Hazel at the close of the book. I felt I just had to write a short note to tell you that the book is such a work of art- and really so beautiful and authentic in so many ways. Thank you for all the hard work that I know must gave gone into writing this wonderful book.
Best, Julie Couch


Isaac March 8, 2012 at 2:07 am

Dear John

A few nights ago I was rereading The Fault in Our Stars for the umpteenth time. I love your books, but sometimes, stories remain stories to be told, read, retold, and reread, but there’re only a few books I’ve found that actually shape the way I think and act, react, to real life.
Yesterday, The Fault in Our Stars became one of those books.
Yesterday at school we received news that a classmate had died of overdose the night before. No one expected it. No one ever saw it coming. Today, our quad is covered in bits of paper with goodbye notes on them, his facebook wall covered with words we didn’t get to say before he left. Everyone was devastated, and everyone was affected by the tragic outcome of the war we didn’t know he had been fighting alone.
Hazel’s words in TFiOS came to me. You know which ones, and for a moment I caught myself thinking, “I want to minimize the casualties.” I thought, if this is what happens when you love too much, I don’t want to love.
But then, I kept thinking, and realized the story didn’t end there. It was Hazel’s dad’s words that stopped me from thinking that way.
It was a privilege to know and love Matthew- my Matty- while he was alive, to be scarred by him, to have been loved by him.
It’s books like yours that help people through life at times like these, that give words and reason to things we don’t have the coherence to understand. Thank you, truly, for what you do.


Stacy Sand March 10, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Dear John Green,
The Fault Is In the Stars is my Hunger Games of the year, definitely one of my favorite books of All time. I love Hazel and Augustus and the story they tell.
I see that you are an Edgar Award winner, so I am wondering what your mystery (ies) is called and whether it/they are still available, as we have a mystery book club that might want to read it.


Enah Nava March 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Dear FANTASTIC John Green,

i most deeply and truly love your writting.
second book in my life history that changes my point of view, which is
very rare to happen.

don’t stop writting, i personally need more real books to read.



Sunny March 13, 2012 at 10:51 pm

One time I was at indigo and I decided to venture the bookshelves in search of a novel that would satisfy my eager literal needs. My six sense brought me too “an abundance of katherines” by john green. I started to read the book and found it extremely enjoyable and not at all as I thought it out to be. By the time I was engrossed half-way into the book, I found I tiny scrap of paper wedged in between two pages of the book. I unfolded it and it read “don’t forget to be awesome, DBFTA” I didn’t really understand the significance of the quote, I simply thought that it was an optimistic reader that wanted to pass on his words of encouragement onto the next reader. But then almost a month later, I read another book by John green, called looking for alaska, at the end of the book it said “to see more of John green and his brother, check out his hugely famous video blog.”
I’d enjoyed looking for alaska so much that I decided to check out the site. It turns out that John green and his brothers might possibly be the most epicaly awesome nerds to have ever grace the virtual or physical world. It turns out that their famous slogan is “DFTBA, don’t forget to be awesome.” That’s when I truly understood the significance of the tiny piece of paper wedged between the pages of the amazingly quirky book by John green.
Even though the piece of paper might have stayed in that book, threatened to be forgotten forever, I’m glad that I was the one that ventured uponed it in my avid book hunt. I was so moved by this tiny, almost forgettable notion in the form of a scrap of paper, I decided to carry on the tradition of the previous reader of said John Green book. I went to my favorite place in the entire world (a local indigo) and placed a note of my own in a random copy of looking for alaska, of course the note ending with “french the lama”. And even though the chances of the next curious reader to grace the pages of this book to take the initiative to search for the true significance of my note is very slim, I’d just be happy knowing that I decided to make the effort of slightly enlightening the day of said reader. Even if they are simply confused by my note, or whether it would just end up in the recycling bin, like the reader who slipped in a note of their own before me, the fun is in not knowing.


Mel March 16, 2012 at 11:03 pm

I had to read your book because i’m a pediatrician—I loved Hazel and Gus sooooo much—I think everyone should read this book–not just young adults and teens—-it was a perfect book and i shall never forget it—MGMD


Reece March 17, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Hello Mr John Green.

Why did you have to make the fault in our stars so sad, i have just been crying over it as i have just read it again, please make a book less emotionally draining next time, i can’t handle another book as sad as that.

Yours Sincerely,
Reece Robinson


Kelsey Wireman March 18, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Dear Mr. Green

Biggest fan, idol, these are words I am sure you have heard a lot in this type of letter, but that’s what I am writing. You, Mr. Green have inspired me to write my ideas, and you have given me the confidence to show my ideas to the world. Even at my young age I can already tell that writing is one my all time favorite things to do. While reading the first of your books that I read (the Fault in our Stars) I realized how much words can accomplish. They made me fall in love with the characters, Hazel, Augustus, and even Issac as if they were real. I am writing this to you to tell you that you have inspired me to follow my gut and do what I want with my passion. For that, I owe you my life. Recently I finished Looking for Alaska, and I have to say, that might have to my favorite book of yours. It made me bawl my eyes out crying, bust a gut laughing, and get lost in Pudge’s world. It took me 2 days to finish Looking for Alaska, but I wished it had taken me longer just so I could experience the magic of that book for a little bit longer.
I doubt you will actually get around to reading this, it means more than the world to me that I am able to at least to try to contact you. If you were to be so kind, I would very much so enjoy the chance for you to reply to my letter for some advice for me. I have an idea for a book that I have been working on for quite a while. It is somewhat like the Fault in our Stars and a bit like the play John Lennon and me, but mostly it is from my imagination. If possible, I would enjoy the chance to tell you all about my story, and have you give me some constructive criticism. It would be greatly appreciated.

Ruby’s painting is all about a 15 year old girl named Ruby Daniel. When she was 8 she was diagnosed with cancer and when she was ten she had to have her left leg removed just below her knee. Ruby is the kind of character who never seems to fit in. She loves art, and she has been working on a painting that is only 4 feet by 5 feet. She has been working on the painting for just over a year and not one human soul has been able to see it. After her cancer relapses and her fate is grim, she finds a friend in Derek Sanchez, who the books point of view is from. As Ruby gets sicker and sicker she begins to find a friend in Derek, and much more. Her last hope is to finish her painting and she needs Derek’s help for it.

Kelsey Elizabeth Wireman

(P.s. this is copyrighted, so no stealing anybody!!)


Evan Moon March 20, 2012 at 8:40 pm

John Green, I just wanted to let you know, that I was doing a research paper for my English class where the topic was stated to be ‘What makes America great?’. Well, you see, I’m a democratic socialist, as well as a strong believer in the reform of mandatory education, and I tend to harvest conspiracy theories. So, obviously, I’m not the most patriotic person. I thought I was done for. I knew I wouldn’t get this project done and (since it was a rather large percentage of my grade) fail this class. Then, there came a light from the end of the tunnel. My teacher mentioned that if there was a certain role model of ours or celebrity, artist, author, or athlete that we thought particularly embodied the original American spirit, we could write about them and why they represent that. Well, I instantly was saved. I did my paper on you, John Green. To me, you are what makes America great. :) You, and all the amazing things you’ve accomplished and started and revolutionized. If there were even a small handful of people like you that were involved in the governing of America, I think we’d be making a whole lot more smart decisions as a country. DFTBA


Carly Phillips March 21, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Hey John I am reading the Fault in our Stars- I twitter you alot, I watch yours and Hanks vlogs. Scishow and Crash course all the time. You make the un understandable for some- understandable. Did you have any scope on just how many people relate to this book?. Its fiction, I know you made it up. However, there are things about it that I relate to my life. I am bipolar I am 36 this yr so I think I can say it which I don’t a lot, I got sick at 16. The age Hazel is in the book. I have been very ill since, especially after being married, I have had only 7 hours to live at one point and not in the least a suicidal notion, no never an option or want for me. No my kidneys nearly packed up on me and how is a long story but it was something done to me, not me doing something to myself. . – There I said it. You have to understand how hard it is to tell what has happened in my life – relating that, that is. I have PTSD from it sometimes. However I know medication works, mine does any way and I just got my BA, I work, I am married – yes people like me have a life. However people just don’t get it, they don’t understand how we are not all strange or what not. No clue and no understanding sometimes- hence why I close up about it . You book though allows me the courage to talk about it. Just a little. I have been to these therapy groups- for what I have. I did not like going. Never met anyone as cool as Augustus though. Thank you for writing this, its fiction, I know but it strikes a cord and I hope you realize how much people needed a book like this. Especially people like me.


Lily March 22, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Hi John, My name is Lily. I am 16 years old and currently writing a story. I would like to know if some how you could read it. Also it would be such an honor to have your opinion. I am just in the begining though; I only have about 3 pages, but I hope to finish it.
The main idea of it is: there is a boy, 17 years old, and he lives with his father. He had always loved his mother, but she had gone missing when he was 11. He also hates his father, because before his mother had gone missing, he would beat her. Then one day when his father is drunk, he admits to killing the mother. The boy is furious and sad. He runs out of the house in the rain, bringing with him a gun. He walks for 2 hours until he gets to the outskits of town and goes to pull the trigger, when he hears a girl scream.
Somehow he brings himself to put down the gun. “..I couldn’t kill myself infront of a woman. Although she looked nothing like my mother, something reminded me of her, and how she would never want to see me hurt myself.” The girl wasn’t there to safe his life, her car had gotten a flat so she went to look for help. But when she saw what he was going to do, she didnt want that to happen either. She tells him to follow her and he helps fix the tire. She then tells him to get in the car with her, beause “I want to show you something.”
She ends up brining him out to a lake where her father used to bring her. Her father died when she was 11 too, because he had cancer. But before he died he had managed to tell her something. He (The dad) brings her out to the lake and says that “Life is beautiful, and not everyone gets to see that. I am just so glad I got to. I got to mary a wonderful woman and have a daughter that has taught me, more then I have taught her. So If you, or anyone, ever loses sight of the beauty in life bring them here. Show them what I have shown you.” Her and the boy end up getting trapped out there, beause the road falls in. They end up slowly falling in love, and at the end they are rescued. I want to call it “The Beauty in Life”.

-Thank you to anyone who has read this. And please if you can get around to it John, I would like to know your opinion.


Marisa March 23, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Hi John, I am one of those people who don’t like reading. I don’t enjoy it and I find it boring. This was until I started reading The Faults in Our Stars yesterday. I now don’t want to put it down. Thanks to you my English teacher is absolutely proud of me for finding a book I like, or even books I like. Without you I quite possibly would have never found any book I like, or even an author I like. For that, I thank you greatly.


Mira March 25, 2012 at 2:05 pm

hello Mr. Green

I just finished The Fault in our stars today March 26,2012, 1:58 am Philippine time. Your book made me cry for the first time. I think you’re very brilliant. To be honest right now, i just dont know what to say….anyway, I”M REALLY as in REALLY curious about the final words that Augustus said to his letter for Van Houten, the line :

“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers.”

For me, these words are very deep and cant cope up with it, pardon me
I know u dont answer but i’ll just take my chances anyway,
i want an explanation that’s all

BTW, thank you for creating this book.. seriously, you touched my heart, Godbless :)

Mira, 18


Kate Swift March 25, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Hiya, i just finished the fault in our stars it is so good, i am in total awe at how amazing you are at writing and i am so great full you took your time to write this book with it’s amazing beautiful ideas in :D xxx thank you for reading this…if you do….thank you


Chelsea Ozanic March 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I have read all of your books, and I love each one more than the last one I’ve read. I just finished “The Fault in Our Stars,” and cried for about an hour. Not only was I crying because it was so very sad, but I was also crying because I didn’t want the book to end. It was such a fantastic book and, like all of your books, it changed the way I feel/think about many things.

I just wanted to be one of the many people to tell you how awesome you are, because you are, indeed, one of the greatest authors in the world. I really mean that, too.

Thank you for writing such amazing books that I NEVER want to put down.

P. S.
From now on, when my boyfriend and I say “Okay” back and forth, I will forever be reminded of Hazel and Gus… *Cries*


ellie March 28, 2012 at 8:39 pm

i know you get many many comments from your fans, and you probably won’t get a chance to read this one, but my hope is that you will. In the book, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, you kept talking about how Hazel was reading the book by peter van houten, and how she was thinking about how he knew so much about cancer, i was thinking of you, and how you know so much about cancer. I hope you will get a chance to read this,
ellie j


Owen Newburn April 1, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Hi John,

I’m a huge fan of your vlogs and your books and I thought you might enjoy this little story:

I’ve was in the book shop and I was about to buy The Hunger Games, Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, and Julian Barnes’ Booker Prize winning The Sense of an Ending. When I handed these to the woman behind the counter she had no reaction to the other two but her face lit up when she saw your books and said;

“oh! John Green he’s a fantastic writer”

John, the content that you and Hank create is so thoughtful and well posed that it has become an irreplaceable part of my life. When I heard the woman behind the counter say those words it made me so happy because I felt like a part of nerdfighteria. So I guess what I want to say is thank you and I hope you see as achievement in this small recognition as I do.

John, I’ll see you every week for as long as you care to keep making videos.


Lou-Anne April 4, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I finished reading The Fault in Our Stars recently and then my insane obssesion with the book led to searching and looking at interviews of you on youtube. Your really smart. Jeez. You speak like a freaking scientist. And no i’m not smart but i speak basic english and a couple words beyond that but … anyways i lurrved the book and thankyou fur your great writing that hasgave me a different outlook on lliiffee..


Kendall April 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm

I love your writing, and “The Fault In our Stars” was amazing. Keep it up, PLEASE!!


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