Q. So this is the frequently asked questions section of your site.

A. That’s not a question, but yes. To be fair, I’ve also included many infrequently asked questions in the name of completeness. The FAQ is divided into the categories below so as to keep it shorter than a novel.

Q. You have not answered my question.

A. You seem to have a very limited understanding of what a question is. But okay, if you have a question that is not answered in the FAQ, please leave that question in the comments of the appropriate section (or, if you cannot decide upon a section, you can leave it in the comments of this post), and I will try to answer it. Thanks!

Biographical Questions for Your School Project, Which I Am Really Flattered You Chose to Do about Me
Questions about Looking for Alaska
Questions about An Abundance of Katherines
Questions about Paper Towns
Questions about Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Questions about The Fault in Our Stars
Questions about Other Writing and/or Radio Stuff
Questions about YouTube and/or Vlogging
Questions about Where I Get My Ideas, Inspiration, and General Writing Stuff
Questions about My Books Being Turned into Movies

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Cecilia January 12, 2015 at 7:53 pm

Hello Mr. Green,

My name is Cecilia and I am a history teacher in Los Angeles, CA. I have just finished my very first semester of teaching World History to 10th graders and use your Crash Course videos very regularly in my classes. I love them and so do my students. I find them to be incredibly refreshing especially in comparison to the many and very boring , long winded historical videos that are found on the internet. I am now looking at Masters Programs to apply to and I thought about how much I would personally love to do what you do. I would love to create fun and engaging videos based on historical topics primarily made for the high school student. My question to you is, how did you come to creating these types of videos? Did you receive a degree in communications or history? What would your suggestions to an aspiring history based director be?

Thanks so much for your time!



Grace Hoggarth March 2, 2015 at 7:57 am

Dear John Green,

I’m writing to you in partnership with the BBC School Report and would like to ask a few questions if that’s okay (me presumes you said yes and so I’m going to ask)

1) Where would you be, job wise, if you weren’t writing books
2) Do you have an inspiration? If yes what is it?
3) How do write such good books? (Inner fan girl emerging)
4) Are you planning on writing any more books?
5) how do you get over a writer block? I write books myself on an online website called Wattpad but I am suffering from a horrible writers block and I honestly don’t know what to write. I was wondering if you could offer some advice about that.
Thank you for your precious time,
Grace, Carys and Ellesha – MHS BBC School Report


Laura Neves January 12, 2015 at 8:14 pm

Hello my name is Laura, i have 11 years old , i live in Brazil, and I simply do not know enough words to describe my love for this book,I wonder if you ever written of will write something or almost equal on The fault in our stars in Brazil “A culpa é das estrelas”, please return me this email if not understand fez words this email. Elyse, I would also like to know Kaitlin ( Hazel best friend) does not appear in the film, Hazel and Gus used a condom? Há had a sex once Pr twice ? I would love to get the ansers as quickly and detail.
With great admiration and anxiety Laura Neves.


Max Richards January 13, 2015 at 10:12 am

Hey John,
What are your veiws on Swindon probably getting promoted this year? I know its been awhile since the swoodilypoopers have ocupied hankgames, and the wimbly womblies (from a real life AFC W fan, Go Dons!) and liverpool seem to occupy your heart, but it sadly its not a gaurentee for the dons to be promoted, as we need about 20 points, and it doesn’t look like Liverpool is going anywere, except maybe the FA Cup Final. So anyway, what are your thoughts on the Robins probably being promoted, and is one ever done with the Swindon Town Swoodlypoopers?

P.S. say hi to stan for me


Nastya January 20, 2015 at 12:43 am

Hi, John!
I’m from Russia. Your books are fantastic! I always read books very slowly (f.e. Dads and childen), but your books are so interesting!


Chantal January 20, 2015 at 12:34 pm

Dear mister Green,

My name is Chantal and I’m a Dutch Book Lover.
First of all, I love The Fault in Our Stars. I would also like to thank you for not makong Amsterdam look like a city full of drunken, drug addicted bike fanatics. (Although the bike fanatic part is kind of true) Now to the point, I read The Fault in Our Stars for my Englsih class and I have to write a bookreport about it. For this report, you also have to answer a couple of questions about the author. One of those questions is: ‘What is his philosophy of life and his attitude towards social problems/religion etc.?’
I could’ve have cyberstalked every site that mentions your name, but figured it was a lot easier to try and ask you. So hereby I politely ask: What is your philosophy of life and attitude towards social problems/religion etc.?
Thank you in advance.




Audra January 20, 2015 at 9:53 pm

Hi, John!
My name is Audra and I am 13 years old. I received TFIOS for my birthday, having an obsession with it from a few months prior. I have since then read anything with your name on it. I love your writing and it has inspired me to write my own story. It resembles TFIOS slightly in the way that I have a lot of pain and tragedy followed by love and happiness. It would mean the biggest infinity to me if there was some way that we could get in touch and I could send you a copy of my story and hear your thoughts, seeing as though you are the most respected author that I know of. Please email me if you read this, although chances are slim, considering the number of fans you have. I will stay optimistic though, as I eagerly check my email for a reply. Thank you solely for living and creating the most prodigious stories in this small infinity of life.

A dedicated fan,
Audra <3


ricky jacob January 21, 2015 at 10:06 am

dear mr John Green
hello mr i’m ricky from Indonesia , i’m very fans you ..
because your books very good ..

my dream want become author


keener January 23, 2015 at 10:57 pm

hey john. I have a few book ideas, it’s gonna be better than anything peter van houten could ever come up with. you are my favorite author and if you would ever use one of my book ideas that would be like the best thing that ever took place in my life. I write books myself I’m working on this book about there’s this boy that is playing baseball when he sees bomb planes flying over he’s rushes to the underground cellar to figure out that his dad is the head of this group that kills people in their town so it’s up to him to save the world and his town. the story takes place in war world two. if you want you could email me because I have more story ideas than just that one. thank your for your time if your reading this.! going see paper towns June 4th because my birthday is June 5th haha.


Patricia January 25, 2015 at 5:30 am

Hola Johnny! I love your wittiness the way you add humor to your work. I’m only 16 but I really appreciate your craft. I wonder if you’ll be visiting Philippines in the nearest date (for book signing). Keep ME posted and keep writing!


HR January 26, 2015 at 3:26 pm

Hey Man- are you on Pinterest? I want to follow you but you don’t list your social media profiles!


Maddie January 28, 2015 at 2:30 am

Dear Mr John Green,

I am a huge fan of all your books, just like everyone else is and I believe to have quite a lot of questions for you. I know that you probably have like at least 10,000,000 people who are huge fans of you and ask you some of the lamest questions and everyone just ask the same things over and over again. All these people are mostly girls and have a huge ‘Fault in our Stars’ fever. constantly, asking questions about the hamster and when hazel dies. it came to question me that how a sentence ends a book… I know this is a weird question but how could you end something like that its quite difficult…

I wish you the best Mr John Green and am looking forward to hearing more stories.


luna January 28, 2015 at 4:16 am

hello Mr. green
for Christmas I got a book set of our book and I loved all of the ones I got looking for Alaska, paper towns and abundance of katherines, I must say one of my favorites the fault in our stars. sir I love your writing and in each book I always seem to find an intellectual meaning that deserves to be discussed within life and most times I have found was to figure out what most things you write mean and elaborate on them. after I read paper towns the last sentence just caught my attention and the more I thought about it the more I thought about the book and what I believed the true meaning behind the sentence was so when I had thought about it I thought also that I should write this down and so I did. I got out my lap top and wrote until my hearts content was fulfilled and when I was done I sent it to a friend hoping they might tell me if it was good or not and they have yet to reply and tell me weather it made sense and I was wondering that if I wanted to send it to you how could I reach you by mail? I think a lot about what you write and the meaning behind it are. I would like to say that your writing is amazing and that I love it lots.


Kellie January 28, 2015 at 7:46 pm

Dear Mr. Green,
I truly am a huge fan. I was wondering what your goals are for writing in the future.



Monica February 2, 2015 at 2:32 pm

Dr Mr Green-

My daughter Olivia Luplow- book lover, funny girl, wicked smarty- ranks you as her favorite author. She turns 13 April 23 and I’d like to mark her transformation from kid to to teenager by collecting letters from all of her favorite folks- family and friends and a few favorite authors about anything you want her to know about being a teenager, growing up, happy/sad/crappy/cool things, things you’d tell your teenage self if you could, wishes for her, etc. Even in the ultra modern world, everyone loves a letter, in any form. Would you be so kind to write a few words to her?

Thank you for your participation in this little project and for the genuine, insightful work you share with us!

Monica Rudy.


Ambrose Felkins February 2, 2015 at 10:01 pm

It’s interesting to consider you might have read books, which others have not necessarily read and most likely few other folks have actually heard of, what’s significant, is that you have entered them and come out of that experience enriched because of it. Growing as you become emboldened by the experience of participating in a different mindset for a time, this is the authentic strength of a great book!


Audra February 3, 2015 at 11:22 pm

It’s me again! (I’m not a stalker, I swear it…) I have recently finished the story I wrote about in my previous comment. I would greatly appreciate your constructive criticism. I would delight in nothing more than to improve my writings with help from a beloved author that my former and current schools admire greatly. (I recently moved. There are many fans of yours at my current school.) Please email me or reply if you happen to notice my commentary. I love all of your work and I only have one more to go (“Let It Snow”). I truly cannot wait.

(BTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’M WITH PHIL WRAYSON!!!!!!!!!!!)

An admiring fan,
Audra Wilson <3


27Obliterator27 February 4, 2015 at 7:04 pm

Are you ever going to make a sequel?


Ashleey February 4, 2015 at 8:07 pm

Dear, Mr . Green,
I have read The Fault In our stars multiple times and I’ve got to say its an amazing book ! I am a 15 year old girl who is swooning over Augustis Waters! I have read so many books but this one has to be the best ! You are an incredible righter and I am in love with the books I have read of yours. I Think you making a book and movie as great as The Fault In Our Stars is an amazing idea because there are kids who can relate to it.. The last line of the book is ‘I do, Augustis, I do’ Now in the movie is shows her dying… because after she closed her eyes that last time they never opened again.. but did she die in the book? Will there be a sequel?
Thank you for your time,

Yours Truly ,
Ashleey Durley


Emily Ake February 8, 2015 at 6:15 pm

Hi I was wondering what happens after in the fault in the stars does hazel live if so how long? How does Isaac react? These questions have been running though my mind for a while and I was wondering if you could answer these…? Thank you


Yagmur Polat February 9, 2015 at 1:27 pm

Hi John,
I really like your books and your books will change my life. First I tell my eternal gratitude for The Fault in Our Stars. I’m in love with kidney sick and gave me hope The Fault in Our Stars. And I’m a young writer. Has been completed in a book and I would really like to communicate with you. Affection from Turkey.

Yagmur Polat


Isabelle and Evelin February 9, 2015 at 7:22 pm

Hello Mr. Green,
We just want to say we love your books so so so much! We have established ourselves in the TFIOS and LFA fandoms… unecessary info for your totally important information. However, we do have some questions we would like cleared up:
1) Does Hazel get pregnant with Gus’s baby?
They were in Amsterdam, and it’s not like Gus was like “Hey, its a vacation, I’m only a couple months away from death, and a 17 year old one legged virgin… Why don’t I pack a condom? Hazel is going to be incredibly sentimental after my confession, so yeah, why not?”
2) What happens to Isaac?
Does he find love? I mean, that Monica chick was a bish, and you’re not going to put him with Hazel, because Hazel is Gus’s bae, and only his bae. So yeah. It would be nice to know that Isaac has found his soul mate, and he does believe in love at first sight…
3) If Hazel and Gus did have a baby (read our first question again if necessary), what happened to it?
We believe you said that she dies a year later, and a baby takes 9-9 1/2 months to… be born. Does she have it, and if so, does Mrs. Lancaster take care of it? Sorry, there’s just lots of controversy behind this question…
4) Miles does get on with his life after Alaska’s death, right? And does he find his own love in the end?
He is severely injured by Alaska’s death, especially since he at first thought it was his fault. Does he end up with Lara, or no?

We hope that you do get the chance to reply to both of us, and we eagerly await your response… if it ever does come :) In the meanwhile, we will look for our own little infinity.
Yours in serious admiration,
Isabelle and Evelin *-*


jassica February 13, 2015 at 7:44 am

There’s lots of talk regarding Series LLCs. Increasing numbers of people are asking yourself if they’re a good idea. The brief answer is they aren’t — they have not been examined, giving all of them limited applications when they have any whatsoever. http://www.scorespro.com


Diamond February 13, 2015 at 4:12 pm

Hiya, I was wondering when we’ll see the Paper Towns trailer? I am very excited!


nicole prickles February 15, 2015 at 7:03 pm

Hi John Green..ahh its hard to believe that there is the most miniscule possibility of you actually reading this and even of a small reply.I understand you are so extremely busy and that this is a highly stereotypical fangirl thing to do but.. here goes.I jus really want to thank you for all of the things you have done like writing your amazing books and making your youtube videos.my boyfriend and I are the biggest fans of your work and we cant wait to see the paper towns movie (thank you profusely in advance for it)..thank you thank thank you !!! N&N :)


Sydney Thibault February 16, 2015 at 9:42 pm

hi my name is Sydney and i’m wondering if you had other jobs before you became a writer it’s for my English paper and I need your help.
Thank you -Sydney


Nellie Shute February 23, 2015 at 5:00 am

Hi John,

My Name is Nellie Shute, I am 13 years old, from Hong Kong. I am re-searching you for a project at school about powerful people. I have found out everything I can about your life, and I was wondering if there is a small or big fun fact about your self. Like you hate cheese, or have six toes. I was also wondering if you had a favorite out of all of your books?

I think that you are an AMZING person and have done so much for the world. I am actually helping to save elephants in Africa because hundreds of them are being killed each day. You can find out what I have been doing by searching me up or by checking out my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nellie-for-Ellies/547811455306504?ref=bookmarks

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this letter,
Nellie Shute


Jesus Kandayeya February 24, 2015 at 7:10 pm

Dear John Green,

my name is Jesus and I am a big fan of your online History videos. I want to ask, how do you publish your books? I like to read and write, but I don’t write books but short stories and poetry. Any tips for my writing?

Also, I live in Tucker, Georgia and attend Tucker High School. I am a seventeen year old junior. If you ever get in Georgia, drop by. Plus look for Ms. Thompson, a U.S. History teacher. She’s a big fan and shows us your videos a lot.

Sincerely, Jesus K.


Aria March 2, 2015 at 5:13 pm

Why has my comment gone away?I’m Confused now.


Shana Slavin March 3, 2015 at 8:46 pm

Hello, I need some advice on studying. I recently got a 70 on an AP US History test, a subject that I despise and find utterly uninteresting, but I still want to pass the class. I’ve seen some of your Crash Course videos on US History, and while I find the presentation to be interesting and captivating, I still can’t seem to retain information. I’ve also learned that I am a visual, kinesthetic, and interpersonal learner. Any advice?

PS: I also sent this exact same question to your tumblr, I’m not sure which one you get to and answer first, so I’m sorry if this has caused you a problem.


Victoria Roe March 4, 2015 at 11:27 pm

Hi John,
My name is Victoria and my parents and I ordered the signed project for awesome edition of TFIOS for a surprise for my sister. I was wondering when we would receive it. Thank you so much, your books have made a difference in my life.
Sincerely, Victoria Roe


hernmahjdfj March 5, 2015 at 5:16 am

Hey there


Alice Casetta March 5, 2015 at 4:54 pm

Hello John,
I’m Alice, I’m 14 years old and I’m from Italy.( I’ll start saying sorry for my english) I’ve read all of your books and I simply love them too much!!!! You’re my favourite writer !! I’d really like if you answer me and I just wanted to say that you are one of my idols and I don’t even know enough words to describe how much I love your books!!!
Hope you’ll write another book soon and hoping you answer me too!
Lots of love,
A simply fan of your books AKA Alice :)


Vida March 7, 2015 at 10:24 pm

Dear John Green, I’ll begin by saying that I’m a huge fan of your writing, even though to be honest I’ve only read 3 of your books, they’re still probably there, floating in my favourites category. And then again I’m nothing more than a twelve year old girl who lives in Toronto, who has to attend that horrid yet spectacular place called school. I’m sorry, I’m getting carried away. I’d like to know how do you write, not in a literal way by telling me you sit down at your computer and press the little buttons on your keyboard, I want to know how do you one day wake up thinking about a girl who has cancer and doesn’t enjoy her life and you create a story around her. I just find that whole process amazing and it’s a gift, I can’t even imagine myself doing something like that cause it’s writing down word by word a past, present, or future, in detail. I’m sorry, getting carried away again. My question is how did you exactly write tfios how did you tell yourself: hey what if there was this girl with cancer who met this guy and in an beautiful, humorous way they can fall in love there can also be a blind boy who’s really awesome (Isaac’s my favourite) that’s my question for you, thank you :)


anna,France March 8, 2015 at 2:13 pm

ouvrir le livre, commencer à lire, être impliqué dedans, aimer, avoir peur pour les personnages, pleurer, fermer le livre. Tout ça qui pourrais nous ammener à voir la vie differemment, à l’aimer, et à penser à cette histoire.
Une fois que j’avais refermé le livre, ma seule parole à été: “Wouah” j’y ai pensé toute la soirée, me suis posée des questions… Un mois plus tard je regardes le film. Les mêmes émotions. Je relis le livre , les mêmes émoyions mais très très fortes cette fois là. Ce livre, il n’y a pas de mot pour en parler ou peut être: Wouah.
une folle admiratrice épatée.


anna,France March 8, 2015 at 2:19 pm

je suis tout à fait d’accord avec toi, et je voudrais rajouter qu’il ne faudrai pas de suite, si il y avait une suite, ce livre aurai beaucoup moins d’importance, il serai bien sur extraordinaire pour l’histoire etc. mais le fait qu’il n’y ai pas de fin, courronne le tout comme on dit.


line March 8, 2015 at 2:21 pm

John, c’est toi qui joue PVH dans le film?


Ida Hermansen March 9, 2015 at 8:00 am

Dear Mr. Green (you got that? Green/Gray:D). I love your books! But I’ve read all of them. Very sad… So i wondered when you are going to write a new one. Are you working on one now? Do you have an idea for one? Sorry. But I’m desperate! I started on a book from another author, but i couldn’t read it! It was nothing like yours! I didn’t like the way it was written. So if you’re writing a new one i would be the happiest girl in die ganze Welt!

Dearest, Ida.


Liz March 10, 2015 at 9:29 pm

since I can’t find your email address anywhere (if I would be you I wouldn’t want everyone to know it either) I’ll just ask you here. I’m an foreign exchange student from Germany. Before I came here I’ve never heard of you before, but I got to know this really cool guy who is my bedroom friend and by now boyfriend at the same time. He showed me your books and he really loves your writing and really, really admires you. He watches all your videos and not one hour passes that he doesn’t quote you. I know that you are not going to have personal meetings with just random fans but do you have any fan gatherings where he can meet you in Indiana very close to Indianapolis or South of it? By the way we also have a bet that I need to win. I bet that he would cry if he would ever be able to meet you. He, as a typical man, bet against it -of course. Also he said, that we will never know unless he gets to meet you. I really love him and want him to meet you because it would make him incredibly happy but also I want to win the bet.
Wow! I think I could write novels too :-D I’m sorry but this is kind of really important to me and I wanted to at least try it.
I would love to read a positive response.


Ashley Flach March 14, 2015 at 1:45 pm

First off, I have to tell you every time I want to torch my first novel, I think back to a tweet of yours stating something to the fact that you would give anything to have a sucky draft. Now, that was probably some time ago..possibly even more time ago then I’m originally remembering because I can’t seem to keep most of or basically any of my thoughts straight. I’m not even sure how I organized a whole novel in consecutive scenes that actually read in order. Anyway, I’m getting off track, which is completely normal for me, unfortunately, but I’ve kind of halfway accepted and embraced that my brain works at the speed of light and I’m distracted and ridiculously and constantly battling a string of thought and ideas…so ok, swinging around back to the point here, maybe.

You, my midwestern man, you, have helped me forge ahead in my writing. I’m currently doing my third read through, and I’m building up to the fact I will have to actually let someone else read my work to ever get it out in the world…which is terrifying, but necessary, I know, but then again, it could be the biggest piece of trash ever written, completely and utterly opposite of a literary breakthrough, but again, and again and again, I must share to attain my dream of having a published book that will more than likely make nothing except happiness for my heart. Right? Exactly.

I love the fact that you have conquered the book world with your wit and charm and breathless youtube wonders. You’re actually smart, which is awesome, mostly because a lot of people just aren’t very smart these days because they don’t care to be smart or read or, like, learn anything to grow their brain cells in the right direction. I’m not the smartest, but I’m determined and stubborn and scattered, which works ..most of the time..except when I can’t remember simple things like to text people back until 20 days later or answer an email within a months time.

John, my friend that understands the horror of the midwestern weather, stuck inside all winter frozen in a polar vortex of icy wind and snow and freezing rain only to be jolted out of winter’s depression with a warm front which forces us to throw our windows up in joy only to get insanely sick with a cold because of mother natures turrets syndrome………..you inspire the hell out of me. I’m old..getting a later start at 31…attempting to pursue the crazy dream of writing while wrangling my six kids and husband of 13 years and my farm cats and chickens and two small miniature dogs that run from said cats and chickens.

I’ll be starting to weed through my thoughts for my query letter soon, pray for me…I’ve read it’s the most important piece of paper I’ll ever write, so makes sense I’m super excited to get a start on that…(my face is deadpan…I like that word for some reason…not sure why..it just really embodies the way I feel about query letters…which of course I’ve never written but will have to and I’m sure no one will want to be around me while I do that as I’m sure I’ll have Gregory Alan Isakov on blast chugging Red Bull and chanting affirmations in my head…again, pray for me.)

Welp, basically just wanted to say, thank you for all you have done and do and will do to encourage and inspire.

Sincerely, your middle of a cornfield living Illinois friend,
Ashley Flach


Ashley Flach March 14, 2015 at 2:32 pm

I had to share that my two year old bent the tip to my very favorite red pen while I was rambling to you in my comment. Oddly enough, I’m ok with it though….it was worth the sacrifice.

Happy writing forever and more.
Ashley Flach, again…


desi March 14, 2015 at 4:45 pm

IS HAZEL A VIRGIN? don’t worry, i wont tell anybody ;)


Maddie H. March 16, 2015 at 8:19 pm

Just wondering if it is worth it to read any of John’s books? I read Zombiecorns and it was pretty good… would like someones input pls!


Maddie H. March 16, 2015 at 8:24 pm

IS HANK WRITING A BOOK? specifically… about robots?


Ana Queila March 17, 2015 at 9:41 am

Dear John Green

My name is Queila’m 13 years old and I live in Brazil, love your books because I identify with them, and I hope you keep writing books, for in his final books are realistic and shows life as it really it is and not simply … Showing a fiction for young people (mainly Blame It Star) that life is short and we need to live it and love all who are around us … for “Some infinities are bigger than others”

With great admiration
Ana Queila Moura Queiroz


Bryana April 24, 2015 at 12:50 pm

Why did you make the ending of the book end the way you did?


Nicole Buriti May 1, 2015 at 11:23 pm

Hey, I’m a fan Brazil, I love your books, they are very well prepared.The last one I read was the Paper Towns and wanted Whether you can tell me some things?Do You Have and email address I Send my questions Thanks.I hope your answer!


Michaela May 3, 2015 at 1:29 am

I am writing a report (and trying to decide for myself as a first semester college student) on weather or not an aspiring novelist should be an English major. It has been my dream since the fourth grade to write meaningful and entertaining stories. I have always assumed the best way to do this would be to major in English (with an emphasis in creative writing probably) which i am now. But it did not occur to me until this year that perhaps there are other options. having majored in English yourself I was hoping you could give me some feedback on how it does or does not help you in your career today. thanks in advance, i have been having a lot of trouble finding anything on successful writers who majored in English.
P.S. I also posted this in the Biographical questions section but i wasn’t sure which one you checked more so i decided to put it here too for good measure.


Nasya Rahman May 10, 2015 at 6:22 pm

What is the publishing company and publishing city and the last date this website was updated


Ashley May 19, 2015 at 12:48 pm


What type of lighting do you use when filming the vlogbros videos?



henry (hank) lewis May 20, 2015 at 6:03 pm

Comments about Paper Townes: Reactions:

Theory: Quentin was on a mission to change Margo. Like he had an insatiable fixation on her. This mission was the result of their all-night excursion led by Margo to even the score of Margo’s perception of mistreatment by friends. Quentin was awed and attracted to Margo.

Clue #1: I thought the first clue was on page 194 when Radar says to Quentin: You keep expecting people not to be themselves. Kind of like Dad expecting everyone to like me. In this case, Quentin had high expectations for Margo.

Clue #2: Quentin’s comment about Lacey: It’s easy to like someone from a distance. But when she stopped being this unattainable thing…and started being like a regular girl…then I basically had to starting liking a whole different person. It was here I thought Quentin was beginning to realize the same about Margo.

The journey was finding her which he did. Again Quentin tried to convince Margo to come live with his folks; Margo wanted Quentin to go to New York. The digging of the hole was like a metaphor to bury what they had together. Quentin finally says to Margo: I have a whole life there (his home and parents) and I’m not you. To be sure, they liked (probably loved) each other; however, Quentin and Margo could not muster enough acceptance of the other.

I ended up liking the book. I spent thinking about it. The real lesson for me was that part of human nature is to seek something which we know on a subconscious level is not attainable.


Rand May 25, 2015 at 6:56 pm

Hello mr John..
First I want to say what amazing author you are, and your books are amzaing. I have just finished reading Looking for Alaska and I have a question if you don’t mind answer it. You made Pudge, The colonel, Alaska and the others smoke.. I know you did that for purpose but unfortunately I didn’t get what is your goal by making your teenager characters smoke.. what does that symbolise or aim to?
Thanks for making my life better :)
Best wishes.


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