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.

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Christina Gilbert October 15, 2012 at 11:05 am

I just finished looking for alaska, that my “hip” niece gave me to read a while back. I saw your blog with the quote from the book and it made me pick it up. I am 40 and I really enjoyed it. I am constantly redefining this roller coaster we call life and I just loved the line, “It always shocked me when I realized that I wasn’t the only person in the world who thought and felt such strange and awful things.”
Continue to do good things,
Christina

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Fritzi Ann October 15, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Dear John Green,
I’m a 16 year old girl who love to read books and I just want to thank you for everything. Thank you for the characters you made. I feel like I’m close to them and they are already a part of my life. Actually, I feel like living their lives, which I think is good because that’s how a reader should actually feel. I’ve read all your 4 books plus Let It Snow and I’m going to start on Will Grayson, Will Grayson sometime this month. Thank you John Green.
Don’t Forget To Be Awsome,
Fritzi :-)

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katia anjo October 17, 2012 at 8:45 am

hello person who became my friend letters. I’m very happy to have read The Fault in Our Stars, I think it needed to have these emotions in my life, I feel very happy! I formed a group to better know their books and to ask for Brazilian publishers publish all his books here in Brazil! I really want to ask you something even if this should happen a lot, but I think Henzel inspired me! you could send me some markers autographed book? would be very important for our group to have this gift! thank you very much, her new admirer katia
Street Lane Cisneiros Aritana n 25
Neighborhood: santissimo
Cep: 23098-310
Rio de Janeiro / RJ

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Evelin Cristina de Moura November 19, 2012 at 7:43 am

Bom dia Katia.
Meu nome é Evelin, moro em Belo Horizonte – Minas Gerais.
Estava visitando essa pagina do John e vi que você é brasileira e se identificou com o livro ”A culpa é das estrelas, assim como eu. Me identifiquei muito com a Henzel, porque assim como ela, fui diagnosticada com câncer de Tireoide. Passei por duas cirurgias, radioterapia, mas graças a deus não atingiu outros órgãos. Gostaria que compartilhasse comigo outros livros do autor.

Um abraço, Evelin.

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Jacqueline October 17, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Your books keep me breathing. I simply cannot imagine my literature collection without them.

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Kelsie October 19, 2012 at 11:15 am

Thank you, John, for changing my life through your characters and stories. Thank you for encouraging me to do something awesome with my existence. Thank you for being there when no one else is.

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James October 19, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Mr. John Green,
I thank you for writing such amazing novels for I have never felt so in love with such abstract yet true-to-life ideas.
Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska have got to be the ones I’ve enjoyed the most. Please continue inspiring, especially the youth, with the magic of writing.
Sincerely,
James

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Chloe October 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Hello,
I just wanted to tell you that I just finished “The Fault in Our Stars”
It is probably one of my favorite books. Thank you.

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Sarah Nottheyeti October 20, 2012 at 5:46 pm

I’m not sure if you know the feeling of needing an author to bring the perfect amount of beauty to your life, but that’s what you bring for me and a lot of others. I’m not sure if that was eloquently stated enough to be satisfy the beauty of your books, but it’s all I can say. John, I doubt you’ll ever read this, but you’re brilliant. Thank you so much for saving my life.
DFTBA

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Sarah Hutchinson October 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm

John Green,
Back in February I noticed a book, The Fault in Our Stars, being promoted on my Nook. I read the sample-the first 10 pages of the book- and immediately bought it. Little did I know at the time that buying the book would actually change my life. Being a shy, introverted person, I am not likely to talk to anyone unless they talk to me. But through these books, I have met people in school, and been introduced to a whole community online. I feel so welcomed by Nerdfighteria. I have now read each book of yours multiple times, and I’m currently reading TFIOS for the 7th time. Thank you for creating such a phenomenal community of welcoming and kind people. Your videos are hilarious and inspiring, and I look forward to watching them everyday. Crash Course changed my views on history-I’ve gone from not being a slight bit interested to watching your history lessons until midnight. I may not have been in a crisis situation when I found your books, but they still changed me quite a bit. Thanks for that.

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Leticia October 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Hello! I’m Brazilian and I can’t write in English very well, but ok …
I read “The Fault in Our Stars” and loved it, he kind of made ​​me look for a different side of life and is an incredible love story, haha ! I really loved your work , John!

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Madeline Kachadurian October 23, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Hey John, for my writing class in college we have to create a video representation of a paper we wrote. It just so happens that the paper I have to make the video of is on The VlogBrothers. I was wondering if maybe you could take time out of your busy schedule to make a quick video that said “Good morning Mr. Flaherty this is Maddy’s video.” I understand if you are to busy.
Thank you for your time.
DFTBA
Madeline Kachadurian
Oakland University

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Brianna Hoomes October 24, 2012 at 12:50 pm

John!
I read ‘Looking For Alaska’ in the 8th grade, and loved it. Now I’m a sophomore and my library has a copy. I tell everyone I know how good the book is and how it will totally shift their paradigm. I’ve read it four times since then and I cry every time.
I also have read ‘An Abundance of Katherines’, ‘Paper Towns’ and ‘The Fault in Our Stars’.
You never cease to impress me. Thank you for everything!

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Lucy Wright October 28, 2012 at 6:00 am

I wanted to let you know that Looking for Alaska is the best book I have ever read. Thank you.

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Willow October 30, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Dear John Green,
I am a 16 year old student who just picked your book, “The Fault In Our Stars” to do a independent reading project on. This story really had an impact on me and really touched my heart. I have been touched by cancer throughout my life and have lost ones because of it. The love that kept these two cancer patients gave me hope that for those I watched who suffered really had something keeping them smiling at all times. The title really caught my attention but also kept me thinking. What made you name this story that? I caught it in the end when we see the letter Augustus wrote to Van Houten but what made you title it, “The Fault In Our Stars” and what is the true meaning that you hope to get across to your readers? To me I felt as though it meant that there is always going to be hard times but that something is always going to be there, whether it is love or friendship that gets you through. Or that bad things happen to good people. I think this story was just truly amazing and I could really relate to it. Your love story of two young people pulled me in so that I just could not put the book down. I was put in Hazel Grace’s shoes and I lived her life through the story and my heart broke, laughed, loved, and lived just as hers did. I am beginning a new journey in “Looking For Alaska” and it already has me stuck. Your work is truly amazing. Thank you for writing such an amazing and compelling story. I would love to hear from you, it would be an honor.
Sincerely
Willow

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Viv Davis November 3, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Dear John,

I wasn’t really sure how I should address the comment so I just wrote John, hope that’s okay. I never send anything to authors even my favourite ones, not ever so it’s a pretty big deal for me to write to someone who’s book I enjoyed but all the same. I haven’t had a favourite book for years, I’ve had a few I’ve really enjoyed but nothing out of the ordinary but The Fault in Our Stars is definitely my favourite now. I’m not going to say that I’m like Hazel writing to Peter Van Houten because to be quite honest I hope you’re nothing like him in real life and I’m not that cheesy anyway! I just wanted to say, even if you never read this because you definitely get like a million fan letters, comments, emails etc everyday, that I really really loved the book and it actually made me cry and laugh and it’s one that will definitely stick with me. I grew to actually love both Hazel and Augustus and the writing was really engaging and just made me want to read on all the time.
Anyway just wanted to share my thoughts it really was an absolutely amazing book :)

Viv , Ireland

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Alaska .H November 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Hey,
Wanted to ask/request when/please can you come to London! /?
Hope you are well,
Thanks for being you :)

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Erika November 4, 2012 at 7:51 pm

I just finished reading “The Fault In Our Stars”, it is truly one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. I have been begging my parents to take me to the library so I can check out the rest, but we haven’t had time, so I will HOPEFULLY be finding them at school tomorrow. I actually have a good friend with cancer. She has a tumor in her heart, her left leg, two in her brain, and a couple in her lungs/chest area. One of my best friends moms (who was like another mom to me), had had a severe heart attack around 6 years ago, and survived. A couple years ago, she was also diagnosed with cancer, and a year later died from it. Cancer has now been something that comes up in conversations daily. I was worried about reading the book, I didn’t think I would be able to handle more. But really, I have a whole new perspective on everything. My friend with cancer was the one that had told me to read it in fact. She said, “He makes it sound so real. Like it was happening to him while he wrote it.” We talk about your books, the same way Hazel and Augustus talk about AIA. Your book has made such an impact on myself, and many around me. I have high hopes for the rest of the books – but I know for a fact, that if you could write this book so well, and getting a double thumbs up from a girl with cancer, that says it truly does relate, than all the other books will be just as inspirational and touching as “The Fault In Our Stars”. Thank you so much John Green for making such amazing books, and creating great impacts on our lives.

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EJ November 4, 2012 at 7:58 pm

John Green,
Your books are truly the BEST, most inspirational, and beautiful books I have ever laid my eyes on. Are any of them going to be made into movies? Thank you for making such a great impact on my heart, it means so much to me. Many people I know and love have cancer, and it is usually hard to cope with it all. You have given me a whole new perspective, one that I will NEVER, ever forget my entire life. I will tell my kids to read your books, when I have them that is, and then my grandchildren, it will be a family tradition of reading YOUR books. I think everybody in this world needs to read them, they are a true thing of beauty.
God bless you. Thank you so much for everything, and keep up the great work.
EJ

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Ellie November 6, 2012 at 7:34 am

Dear Mr. Green,

Good Day!

I am a fourteen year old girl who read your books. And they’re awesome. I just wanna ask you something. Alaska’s alive right? She is just hiding somewhere, trying to get out of her own labyrinth. Your book would have a sequel right? Please do say yes… because can’t afford to lose someone (a part of me) again.

Thank you.

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Laura Ogurchak November 7, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I am a seventeen year old girl who is absolutely in love with your books. I have been raving about you to my friends and I think I’m beginning to annoy them. I was wondering if you could tell me if Alaska kills herself or if it was an accident. The way you write makes me absolutely melt. I’ve read The Fault in Our Stars three times. I can’t express enough the love I have for your books. I’m currently reading Paper Towns and I haven’t been able to put it down. I happen to know that a lot of students in this school read your books and enjoy them. I’m writing a newspaper article about you and your stories. I was wondering if I could use some of the pictures on this site. I was also wondering if maybe you could visit Lakeview High School. You are a highly appreciated author at this school and many people would love the opportunity to meet you. Thank you for everything. Cortland, Ohio 44410. Lakeview High School 300 Hillman Dr. You can email me at logurchak@aol.com. Thank you again!!

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Molly November 11, 2012 at 2:08 am

I have just finished ‘ The Fault In Our Stars’ and I loved it so much. It really made me think how lucky I am and that there are so many people who are worse off, so thank you for that. Amazing Book !

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Olivia November 11, 2012 at 7:14 pm

I just wanted to say, John Green, you are my Peter Van Houten. Except you’re not an old, fat, drunken bastard.
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I aspire to be a writer one day (I’d like to think I am already). Your books are just perfect. I know that’s basically what EVERY.SINGLE.COMMENT says on here, and I know you probably will never, ever, not in a million years read this, but that’s only because it’s completely true. I haven’t read all of them (only Paper Towns and TFIOS), but god, the way you string words together… It makes your writing something to savor, not just to swallow quickly in the hope you don’t taste it, but to mull over, to really feel. Your characters are so relateable, I like how you don’t paint them as fictitious, unattainable gods, but instead as real people, with real problems, and lives that, while not perfect, are exciting (overuse of commas alert). You know you’ve read a good book when you can’t wait to pick it up and read it several times over, straight in a row. I’m 13, and I can only hope that my writing one day will peak to a level half as fantabulously amazing as yours. I also feel the need to buy a black santa…
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This comment reminds me of how in TFIOS, Peter Van Houten explains how the written word buries. I think of how when Hazel posted a comment about Augutus’ ex (the one who died of brain cancer, obviously), and how a few minutes later her comment was buried under a flurry of newer comments. I know this is what will happen to my comment, and I feel no annoyance (well, maybe a smidge), but I will just have to take a screen shot of the few fleeting moments when my comment was on John Green’s website.

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Zoe November 11, 2012 at 7:41 pm

(In my best impression of the stereotypical stuffy male narrator voice)
Dear Mr. John Green,

As an emotional teenage girl I greatly enjoyed the perspective of Hazel Grace in The Fault In Our Stars. As a young writer, I found the fact that I was crying every few pages tres magnifique!

But the thing I found the best about it all was that the night before I purchased the book I had watched V for Vendetta (for the hundreth time). That added an impossibly soppy feeling in my gut as I read on. When I found myself a quarter way through your novel the song Come Around by Rosi Golan. I wanted to cry, because the words “You feel like breathing” playing over and over just felt spectacular.

But, anyhow, just thought I’d drop by and say that The Fault In Our Stars is possibly the best book I will ever read. Thank you for the wonderful experience. -Z

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Olivia November 12, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Dear Mr. John Green,
You are such an inspiration. Your books are so incredibly influnetial and I can’t get enough of them. Quotes from each of your books echo in my head constantly.

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SuzanneDFTBA November 14, 2012 at 8:58 am

Dear John,
I have put your books on MY wish list for Christmas, but I haven’t read them yet. From your Brotherhood 2.0 work, I know that you are a fantastic person from a great family and your values are great for young people. That having been said, I want to give one of your books to my niece for Christmas and I want it to connect with her and introduce her to you and your vlog so that she has more and more support as she grows up.

My niece has been bullied for two years and didn’t tell anyone about it. We mistook her darker mood for adolescent angst. By the time it got bad, we had gotten used to it. She ended up being hospitalized and now we know what she has been going through. Needless to say, we all feel terrible for not being more sensitive to her. I would like to decrease this “world suck” that has been dominating her life. Please suggest a book that I could get her that would really speak to her in her current situation.

Please keep us in your prayers and thanks for your help.

Best wishes

Suzanne

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Ana Carolina A. Andrade November 14, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Hi John,
I have my doubts that you actually read that stuff but in anyway I’m going to write you this.
I’m 15 and I live in Brazil. I just read TFiOS and I felt the necessity to come here and say to you what I tought about it.
Well, before all you need to know somethings about me: I have anorexia, bulimia and depression (don’t freak out, I’m in a really intensive treatment and, yes, I’m eating and taking some drugs because of the depression. I’m so much better right now) and my doctors always compare my disease to cancer. I know that they are two completely diferent things, if you look on the clinical view, but reading your book I realized they (my doctors) are not wrong in all aspects.
You see, my problem is like a mental cancer. It consumes all of your good thoughts, one by one, like cancer takes over all your healthy cells. In a short space of time, you die. It’s very quick, if you or you parents, family, friends and whatever, don’t notice you’re sick, it gets very serious.
I almost died last year. I hadn’t enough straigh to talk, or walk and keep my eyes open. Like a person with cancer, I didn’t ask for that, it just happened suddenly and now I’m suffering the consequences.
It took me to a lot of passages at the hospital (including a psychiatry hospital. And by the way, the name of my serum support was Romeo, I was his Juliet), I saw somethings that made me grow on the inside, but, reading your book, even knowing it’s a ficctional history, I realized how lucky I’am.
The difference between anorexia and cancer is that anorexia has a “cure”. Not a total cure, but you can have a healthy life. You can do the stuff you want to do, you can live or die for something, you have the possibility of let your mark in the world, even if someday everybody forgets about you. But the important thing is: you will have your chance. Or if your lucky, a lot of chances.
What I’m trying to say is: thank you. Your book gave me more will to fight against my demons every single day for the rest of my life. I’m really greatful.
All the success in this universe,
Ana.
P.S: please, don’t let they change a thing about your book in the movie. It’s a really wonderful history and I think all of your fans will be really disapointed if the cinematographic version came with some radical change… or SOME change, to be honest. I know that it’s impossible to make an exactly reproduction of the book, but I saw so much of myself on Hazel (the big appreciation of America’s Next Top Model, for example) that I’m really afraid to see something different than that smart girl with a dark sense of humor, but I assume that you’re a sensate person, once that you wrote that beautiful book. And sorry my english, please!

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Tara McIntosh November 14, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Hello John Green,
Im sure you have more important things in life to do rather than read yet ANOTHER one of the fan letters written by 1000′s of people all over the world (no affence intended by saying 1000… im sure you have a substancially larger number of fans but its a nice round number and to be honest its my email). However because I’m just that mainstream, i’m asking the same thing every other person has asked… PLEASE READ THIS!! I am currently starting my HSC course at school. One of my subjects includes Advanced English. Because the board of studies has an exasperatingly and rather taunting sense of humour they ask of the unorthodox requirment that we have related texts to whaft on about in our never ending list of Essay’s… amoungst other eccentric tasks of reading and ‘understanding’ shakespearian langueage and using unnecessary terms such as ‘textual integrty’. So by the looks of how the cookie crumbles i am requesting you to answer my email and these two questions. Can i use the stupendeously pecular creation that is your book ‘The fault in our stars’ as my related text? and What view of belonging e.g. identity, relationships or understanding would be the most adequate perspective to write about?
Thankyou for being considerate and using the same 1-2 minutes of your time to read this as i have written (If you read it no-one ends up feeling used or frustrated with wasted and unecessary effort). On a completely unrelated topic… I’m not fond of liars, nor am i interested in Lidewij’s point of view on my email. Let alone another assistant with an equally contemptible name to pronounce. If your name is NOT John Green i have no interest in your perspectives, views and time used to read my email (and frankly what on earth are you doing prying through someone else’s emails?!?).
Yours truly…
Me

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Sara The Nerdfighter November 15, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Hey John Green!
So I know you are probably very, very busy, and you probably will never read this, I just wanted to let you know how much your novels have had an impacted my life. They are all very beautiful, very meaningful, and very real and funny, and I wanted to thank you for that.
I also just wanted to say that your books have opened up such wonderful, deep, and sometimes hysterical conversations between my fellow nerdfighter friends and I.
You really rock.
Say cool Mr. Green, stay cool. Thank you for being you. DFTBA :)

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cat November 16, 2012 at 4:54 pm

John,
I fell inlove with looking for Alaska and I honestly want another book where she doesn’t die.

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Christie November 16, 2012 at 5:17 pm

John, I am such a big fan of yours after reading all of your books and looking for Alaska is my favourite book of all time! Hard to believe but my best friend Amy is a massive fan and it would mean the world if you would tweet her on her birthday 3rd December… @AmyStutz
Much love,thank you
x

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Sue November 17, 2012 at 6:21 pm

I love that Augustus is the kind of person who would say, “I must see this old swing set of tears immediately.”
Great line!

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CCS November 18, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Please come to Boston!!

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Evelin Cristina de Moura November 19, 2012 at 7:56 am

Hi John Green,
My name is Evelin, I just earn his book “Guilt is the estralas” birthday gift. I’m in chapter 6, but already had a look on the internet and know a little about what will happen.
I identified a lot with Hazel, because like her, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in January 2011. I went through two surgeries and two rounds of radiation therapy with radioactive iodine. But thank God the disease was controlled and did not reach other organs. You report that part very well fear that someone with this disease feel, my greatest fear is death. I feel I’m still not prepared for this. In fine, I would like to thank you for this fantastic story is funny and painful at the same time.

A hug, Evelin Moura
Belo Horizonte – Brazil

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Evelin Cristina de Moura November 19, 2012 at 7:56 am

Hi John Green,
My name is Evelin, I just earn his book “Guilt is the estralas” birthday gift. I’m in chapter 6, but already had a look on the internet and know a little about what will happen.
I identified a lot with Hazel, because like her, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in January 2011. I went through two surgeries and two rounds of radiation therapy with radioactive iodine. But thank God the disease was controlled and did not reach other organs. You report that part very well fear that someone with this disease feel, my greatest fear is death. I feel I’m still not prepared for this. In fine, I would like to thank you for this fantastic story is funny and painful at the same time.

A hug, Evelin Moura
Belo Horizonte – Brazil

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Mari November 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Your book(s) just made me burst out crying in a public place. For the third time. Cool. Thanks

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Tori Jacobsen November 21, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Dear John Green,
I just wanted to say what an amazing peice of literature The Fault in our stars is and how absolutely amazing it is the more I read the more amazing it becomes you have really captured the mind of a sarcastic teenage girl well I find my self relating to hazel more and more as i read!

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space-k1d November 22, 2012 at 10:05 am

Hi sir,

I like to say and express how thankful I am for your existence. Your books had been an inspiration for me, really, it helped me through everything. Well, anyway, I am doing a research paper about afterlife, I would really like to know what’s your opinion about that, if you do believe in it or whatnot . I believe you have more important things to do, it’s just that your opinion matters to me, and I really like to know. I would really appreciate it. Thank you, good sir.

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Lauren November 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Dear Mr Green,
You are my biggest insperation ever!! Im always reading your books! Im currently reading “An Abundance of Katherines” and i cannot put it down!! Im constantly using quotes from “Looking for Alaska”. For the past 2 months ive been hoping for a “Looking for Alaska” movie so i can force my friends to read the book!! I really really really hope that you continue your work!! Thank you so so so much!!!!
From a 13 yr old in Staten Island NY

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Ellie November 25, 2012 at 6:30 pm

John, I don’t know if you will ver read this, probably not. But I just feel the need to say how much lovei feel for your book ‘ the fault in our stars’. This book made me feel everything- it made me laugh, smile, and for three nights in a row while reading this book, I sobbed. This is one of my favourite books and I find it amazing how someone can write like that. How someone can write like they are the person experiencing the thing. I felt ike I was there with Hazel, experiencing everything with her, watching America’s Next Top Model with her and her mum. I just wanted you to know how much this book means to me. Kind regards,
Ellie Doran, 13 England

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Marcelo November 26, 2012 at 10:05 am

First, sorry for the spelling errors. I’m from Brazil and I’m 19, today completes the reading of “Who are you, Alaska?”. At first I thought the cover was Miles / Gordo, and only now at the end I discovered it was Alaska Young. Moved me with your book and thank you for having written it and especially for having a channel propio thru which your readers can contact you the “Great Perhaps” me back the strong expeculações I had about life, and that I had lost for some reason. His book is fun and dramatic. So, congratulations on having it written and conquered many readers around the world.

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Marcelo November 26, 2012 at 10:17 am

I do not know if I sent another comment, but briefly Translation
thank you for having written an exciting book. at first did not know who was on the cover, I thought it was Miles / Gordo, and now I just found out that reading is Alaska I’m from Brazil, I’m 19 so should know as the “Great was perhaps” is very present in my thoughts, and now even more, because of their characters, which is good, in my opinion. then, congratulations for your book and for having one atinjido public so great in different languages.
P.S.: I have the slight impression that this book is a sort of autobiography of a brief moment in your life. any cool, I loved it.

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Isabella Uzcategui November 26, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Dear Mr. Green,
I have been searching for a way to write to you for a long time! Although you may not read this, I’ve read all of your books and just purchased Abundance of Katherines because its the last one I’m missing to read. I really have to thank you so so much. Your books have help me a lot and made me a better person. A friend of mine told me about Fault in Our Stars a couple of months back and it was the first one of yours that I read. I cried, of course, but I really loved it. I was so sad that I had finished reading about Augustus and Hazel, so I went and bought Looking for Alaska, Will Grayson Will Grayson, and Paper Towns. I read those three in a couple of weeks and today I finished Paper Towns. I just really need to thank you, especially for Looking for Alaska. Please, sir, never stop writing; I love your work! The other day I was in my history class and they showed your crash course video on Capitalism and Socialism and when I saw you I literally started screaming and my teacher was like “what is wrong with her?” Haha. Anyways, thanks again. I hope someday I can meet you and personally hug you for being totally amazing.

Thanks,

Isabella :)
Panama City, Panama.

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Saskia Hoogendoorn & Martijn Wijnands November 27, 2012 at 11:31 am

Dear John,

Something really special happened during Spring 2011 in Amsterdam:

We all noticed the elm seeds, the spring snow in a magical way and we were struck by the beauty of it. You wrote about it in your truly amazing book TFIOS:

“There were elm trees everywhere along the canals, and these seeds were blowing out of them. But they didn’t look like seeds. They looked for all the world like miniaturized rose petals drained of their color. These pale petals were gathering in the wind like flocking birds – thousands of them, like a spring snowstorm. The old man who’d given up his seat saw us noticing and said, in English, “Amsterdam’s spring snow. The iepen throw confetti to greet the spring.”

This natural phenomenon has been here for centuries, but in 2011 we felt the urge to emphasize the beauty of it: people made movies, pictures, art and even songs (take a look at: http://springsnow.nl/en/the-story)

That’s how we started Springsnow: a celebration of spring, life and the elms in Amsterdam.

During this years first edition we were told about your book. Now we are preparing the second edition from 21st April – 21st of May 2013. We would love to invite you as our guest of honor at the start. Would you like to catch some springsnow together?

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Stephanie November 28, 2012 at 1:24 am

Oh John Green, how I desperately want to marry you and your beautifully written literature… Unfortunately I’m only fifteen years young. Although I’d like to thank you for making my life. You’re without a doubt my favorite author and I get the honor to watch Crash Course almost everyday in World History. My teacher is a big believer in videos and how they somehow seem to catch our attention. But it works. My attention is definitely caught. Quite frankly I think everyone’s attention was caught. You’re damn brilliant. And you’re endless sophistication is so hard to find in peers born in my generation. In fact you’re so brilliant, that I just wanted everyone to leave me be as I grieved over the death of your fictional (unfortunately) character Augustus Waters. (Unfortunate that I have little hope of somebody out there with the personality of Augustus, Not fortunate that such a person would eventually die. That came out all wrong). I feel like Hazel, blabbering on about Peter Van Houten. Of course you’re not an intoxicated, Swedish hip-hop loving “jerk”, for the lack of a better term. Anywho, I just thought I’d let you know that, if you do end up reading this, that I’d rather read your books all day than develop a social life outside of the few friends that I have. I hope you continue to pursue your career, because it suits you fantastically. Plus I want more books. Oh and by the way my teacher quoted, “Don’t forget to be awesome!” today. It made my life.
Oh oh oh and have you probably get this question a lot but have you ever considered writing “An Imperial Affliction”? Because i’d be brilliant.

Sincerely,
A huge fan. I mean huge.

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Stephanie Lynn Garrow November 28, 2012 at 1:35 am

^ I forgot to add my full name, even though it’s anything but unordinary…

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Sophia Rose November 29, 2012 at 12:30 am

Dear John,
I am a huge fan of yours and so far I’ve only read TFIOS! I must ask, I don’t know if you get this a lot, have you ever thought about writing An Imperial Affliction? You made me want to read it just with brief quotes and the ending of the story. I would love to read the whole of AIA. I also wanted to thank you for writing TFIOS. It opened my eyes to so many things and it is truly a book I will never be able to forget. Thank you.
DFTBA,
Sophia Rose
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Josie November 30, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Dear John Green,
I would be creepy to say “I love you” because you don’t know me and I don’t really know you other then the book ands stufF, I suppose I can say that I deeply appreciate your existence. So thank you for deciding to become an author and thank you for being so cool and thank you for showing me that it’s alright to be a nerd because we are the bet people in the world.
So um, yeah.
Sincerely,
Josephine O’Neal

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Megan L November 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm

This book is the absolute best book ever! I fell in love with the book and when Augustus dies i couldnt stop crying. My class made fun of me and the other 3 girls in my class. Does Hazel die in the end? and if so what happens to her family. What happens to Izzac?? Some one has to make a movie out of this book. “My thoughts are stars i can not fathom into constalations.” we read the last four pages and i couldnt help bawling. Thank you so much John Green for writing such an amazing book.

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danica demano December 1, 2012 at 4:00 am

First, I know you won’t get the chance to read this but I’m taking a shot here.I just finished your book The Fault In Our Stars just now(literally like 5 minutes ago) and I would like to say that you are the first author to make me laugh and cry at a book. I’ve never read a book so detailed, and sort of easy to understand. the way you wrote is very different from other authors I have read (Ex:Lisi Harrison, Sara Dessen, the lady who wrote twilighy). I mean, yes a fifteen year old girl such as myself would enjoy girly books, but this book makes me think about life and how little time we actually have. this book truely has emotions. its not like your typical love story, yet it sort of is in a way. To be honest, I was not expecting the book to be good (no offence). I can’t wait to read looking for Alaska now! keep on writing:)

Yours with great admiration,
Danica Demano
(15)

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J December 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I recently finished this and a few other of His books and i loved them to say the least but there was something that stumped me, the use of the word “lo” that caught my eye used in place of the word all and at first i just assumed it was a typo but i noticed that it was used in more then one book and i just have never heard anyone speak that way and I wondered maybe where it had come from. I realized both characters were in frustration in either book when they made the reference to using lo instead off all and it just stumped me all together.

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Caleb Queen December 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Does anyone know where i could get a signed copy of looking for alaska for my friends 16th birthday i need it to be cheap it doesnt have to be 1st edition or anything i dont have that kind of money i just really want to get her that for her birthday. if you know somewhere or a way to reply of email me at calebqueen2@gmail.com any help is greatly appreciated

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