John’s Other Writing

Radio

For several years, I wrote commentaries for Chicago Public Radio and, on occasion, for NPR’s All Things Considered. The text of those radio pieces can be found here.

Let It Snow

I wrote a long short story called “A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle” in the book Let It Snow, which also features lovely stories from Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. This book has been published in translated editions as well.

Anthologies

I’ve written stories for several anthologies. These include “The Great American Morp” in 21 Proms, “The Approximate Cost of Loving Caroline” in Twice Told, and “Freak the Geek” in Geektastic.

This Is Not Tom

I wrote this novella hidden behind insanely complex riddles called “This Is Not Tom.” TINT is unfinished (it will be finished eventually, I hope). TINT is free and available to the public, but the only way to read the story is to solve the riddles, which unfortunately is basically impossible without crowdsourcing. (A good place to start, however, would be the TINT youtube channel.)

For more information about other stuff I’ve written, including book reviews and the books I cowrote for the awesome people at mental_floss, visit the “Other Writing” FAQ page.

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tayana straughter July 8, 2015 at 2:21 am

John green you don’t know how much you inspire me I love every single one of you books and I’ve read all of them a least 5 times except for tfios I read tht three times a week meeting you would be amazing perfect in so many ways I thank you kindly and truthfully for you glorious brain and wit sincerely

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Hello, Mr. John Green! I`m sorry for that takes away your time. Let me introduce myself. My name is Vlad Boiko. I`m 18. I`m from Russia, I live in Sochi. You probably heard about this city. Excuse me for possible tactlessness. I have respect for you. I want to warm you that this letter does not bear the official. I have a request to you.
I have a girlfriend. Her name Yustina Garmash. She is delighted with your books. Twenty-third in July 2015 she turns 17 years old. Please, congratulate her birthday. It would be very nice if you sent her a congratulatory letter.
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Did he do it?

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Camila Escuntar July 8, 2015 at 7:09 pm

Dear writer of the best book on earth (paper towns

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Jacky11 July 30, 2015 at 11:45 pm

I 100% agree! I read paper towns at least once a month and when I watched the movie I was following a long with the quotes that were in the book!

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Emily Bozinovski July 9, 2015 at 12:12 am

Dear Mr John Green, such a pleasure to talk to you. I just want to know, I do love all your books and have read them all, but most have such open endings and leave me wondering.. is it hard to write an ending you feel pleased and successful with?

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Lauren Dae July 9, 2015 at 1:51 am

John,
My name is Lauren Dae. I was hoping to get your advice, I want to write a fictional novel. I am having a hard time figuring out an intriguing storyline. I have always felt too stupid to write a really good book. Can you please email me some tips on how to brainstorm. Thank you for your vibrant books.
-Lauren Dae

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Laura Mariano July 9, 2015 at 8:02 pm

John, sou uma fã sua brasileira, e eu amo os seus livros e principalmente Quem é voçe Al

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Laura Mariano July 9, 2015 at 8:15 pm

Ops, escrevi imc0mpleto…
B0m eu queria falar que eu ad0r0r0 0s seus livr0s, principalmente Quem é
v0cê Alasca!
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-Laura Mariano

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Cheyanne July 11, 2015 at 7:25 pm

John Green…..you’re writings have continuously melted my heart yet I find that I can not stop myself from reading them. Each novel contains quotes that I truly hold dear, as they each hold special meanings to me. However, Paper Towns shed a whole new light on the whole around me and the quotes within changed me forever…and for that Mr. Green…I thank you. You are without a doubt my absolute favorite and most inspiring author.

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Patri_pazyamor July 12, 2015 at 6:55 am

Thank you for your books, I love them and I love you for writing them. Now my favourite book of all times is TFIOS but I’ve read all of your books and I love all and each one of them. Thank you for that amazing gifts to the world.

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Aluisio July 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Ola John Green, meu nome é Aluisio, tenho 16anos, sou um humilde fã brasileiro, gosto muito de seus livros e particularmente, meu preferido é, “Cidades de Papel”, gostaria de dizer que seus livros são para mim a forma de fugir da realidade em que vivo, pois eu de certa forma demorei um pouco a pegar gosto pela leitura, e é com muito gosto que digo que quando virei um leito fiel, o senhor foi o autor com que mais me identifiquei, o seu jeito de escrever me fascina bastante, suas frases, as palavras, tudo me facina, bem senhor Green, um abraço de seu humilde fã e continue sempre a escrever para nos adolescentes.

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shea July 14, 2015 at 3:54 pm

I really like the fault in our stars and I will read papertowns as soon as I finish the other book. Your stories are fascinating and I can’t wait to read more

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Caitlyn July 25, 2015 at 1:26 pm

Dear Mr.green,

Me and my friend loved your book paper towns. We read it over and over again. My friend just recently saw the movie and was very upset that it was nothing like the book. I am also very upset about this. I get if a few things are different but the movie was WAY different.

A fan,
Caitlyn

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Tara G July 16, 2015 at 2:44 pm

I have read all your books!! Keep writing please I love your writing and I have nothing to read :(

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James Will Grayson July 18, 2015 at 9:35 am

Hello, my name is James
I need advice, My dream writer
Write lhe ask for advice .
I do not know how I’d have to start wearing artwork.
Thank you for your advice .
My e-mail: eowjszkem132@gmail.com
This is it my email, I look forward to your contact .

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Lila Lawson July 18, 2015 at 10:21 am

Dear John Green,
My name is Lila and I absolutely adore your books. I am trying to write one of my own but I find I am getting seriously stuck. I would love to learn how yo write like you and where you get your ideas from! Your characters are so perfectly written and mine at so flawed I would love to improve them. Please give me some advice! My email is liliana_lawson@hotmail.com
I look forward to hearing from you!

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Sierra Norris July 19, 2015 at 4:19 pm

John Green,

My name is Sierra and I am from Colorado. Currently, I am living underneath a bridge but that has not stopped me from reading your books. They are the one thing that inspires me to keep getting up each day and trying. I am looking for a job and trying to get my life back together. I have hidden the fact that I am homeless from my family because I don’t want them to worry. Sometimes, I feel so alone though. I am just writing to thank you for everything you have written until now and for your future writing. It is so inspiring and thought provoking. Until a better day, thank you!

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Aerdna July 22, 2015 at 6:54 am

Dear Mr. Green would like to know how does the wonderful magic to put an end to their stories when I am unable to stop imagining the impossible but without end.

Sorry if something is not understood but English is not my native language .

A-

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Emma Sass July 22, 2015 at 3:45 pm

HI!
I have read all of your books and LOVE them. Let it Snow was one of my favorites. The way you and the other authors brought each story together was the smartest idea. Ever. Looking for Alaska was written very well. Each page made me want to read more and more. I had to stop myself from reading the whole book in one sitting.
I hope for you to write more books. I recommend all your books to my friends and they have all enjoyed them.

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Agustina July 22, 2015 at 4:08 pm

Hola, soy Agustina y leí 2 de sus libros, Ciudades de papel y Buscando a Alaska. Me gustaría entender mas sobre ciudades de papel y por eso decidí escribirle. No entiendo que quiere decir Margo cuando dice que todo es de papel, las ciudades, las personas, las tiendas.

Espero una respuesta!

Muchas Gracias. Saludos desde Argentina.

Agus

Hello , my name is Agustina and I read two of his books, Paper Towns and looking for Alaska. I would like to understand more about Paper Towns and so I decided to write .I do not understand Margo means when he says that everything is paper , cities , people , stores .

I expect an answer !

Thank you. Greetings from Argentina.

Agus

*Use google translator to move from Spanish to English the writing, sorry if there are spelling mistakes*

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Amber July 23, 2015 at 5:18 am

She means that everything is fragile and easy to break.

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Maria July 22, 2015 at 10:58 pm

Dear Mr.Green i love your books specially Paper Town and The Fault In Our Stars i love it for many reasons but one of the mot important is that i like very much how your books are redacted. Congratulations for you books and for being an excellent author

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Aerdna July 23, 2015 at 1:46 pm

Dear Mr. Green I liked most the Margo Roth Spiegelman image in my mind. At the end, what was exciting was the journey to reach Margo Roth Spiegelman, because the end of this story was simple and raw reality of thousands of teenagers. Thousands of teenagers with wire broken inside.

Sorry if something is not understood but English is not my native language .

A-

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Евгения July 24, 2015 at 4:58 pm

God I do not believe you read it (unless of course read ), I will be eternally pleased .
I want to say that your books are great , I once read them .
My name is Eugene and I am from Belarus .
I love your work , and I admire you.
I have a question for you .
Do you plan to write more in the near future?
or perhaps you have something write.
please answer , or I ‘ll go crazy wondering what will be the answer.

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Kendall July 25, 2015 at 1:06 am

Mr. Green,
Thank you so so much for all of the time and dedication you put into your work. These books have made my life a fantastic one. You inspire me on a daily basis. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, and reading your work really inspires me to become a better one. Thank you for showin me through Paper Towns that the beginnings of books can begin with action and not necessarily jump straight into the plot. Thank you for showing me through Looking For Alaska that a female character doesn’t have to be unattainable standards of perfection when it comes to how they behave and how they live their life. Thank you for showing me through The Fault In Our Stars that a book doesn’t have to have an ending where everything works out for it to be a good and successful book. Thank you for showing me through Will Grayson Will Grayson that it’s okay to move out of the comfortable little box most writers stay in and move outwards and upwards to reach for things that may not be socially (or gramatically) “acceptable”. Thank you for showing me through An Abundance of Katherine’s that with the right phrasing and the right connection, a story about finding a math function for love could also be about finding something else, and that a character can just be a genius, no strings attached.
Finally, thank you for showing me through all of these stories, and your other works, that time and dedication to anything can pay off and make that thing into something beautiful and wonderful that could possibly touch the life of millions. Thank you for everything you’ve written and given to the world, and please, for me and those like me, continue to write. Even though I’ve been inspired, I could always do with a little more inspiration. I’m sure we all could. The world needs more books without perfect endings tied up in neat little packages that spread the idea and the flat out lie that everyone gets a prince or princess, and a clean, simple life without many mistakes or problems after the “Happily Ever After.”
Thank you for giving us the truth.

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Lacy July 25, 2015 at 1:47 pm

Dear Mr. Green

I loved your book the fault in our stars and I also loved the movie because everything was the same. I also loved your book paper towns I just saw the movie but I was disappointed because the movie was just so different than the book. I still love the movie very much it’s my favorite movie but I just think the book was better

Your fan
Lacy

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FROLIGER July 26, 2015 at 10:25 am

Bonjour,
Je m’appelle Charlène.
Ce message sera sans doute le millionième voir plus laissé sur votre page:)
Cependant, comme tous vos fans, je tenais non pas à vous complimenter car vous êtes sans exception l’un des meilleurs auteurs pour adolescents,
mais simplement à vous remercier.
Je ne trouve pas de 1) ou de 2) à vous soumettre :)
Ce que j’espère c’est un beau jour, pouvoir écrire avec une plume aussi belle que la votre.
Que des bonnes choses par la suite et que le succès continu pour vous en tout cas nous serons nombreux à y contribuer ;)

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FROLIGER July 26, 2015 at 11:21 am

Hello,
My name is Charlene.
This message will probably see the millionth left on your page :)
However, like all your fans, I wanted not to compliment you, you are without exception the Best writer for teens.
But simply to thank you.
I can not find one) or 2) to submit :)
What I hope it is a fine day to write with a pen as pretty as yours.
Only good things for the future and continued success for you, in any case many of us will contribute;)

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LInda July 26, 2015 at 2:15 pm

Mr Green, are you the same person that does those crazy short history videos on youtube? I show those frequently when I am teaching. But moving on to your books. You have a special talent and I love The Fault in our Stars and Paper Towns. My only request would be if you would consider lessoning some of the foul language. I know kids today speak many and hear many filthy words but if accomplished authors like yourself could just put a little less of it in front of them I believe it could be for their benefit. I couldn’t even finish Finding Alaska.
Please keep writing you have a way to communicate the emotions of life.

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Zoe Payge July 27, 2015 at 2:36 pm

I absolutely love your books Mr. Green. I’m currently reading Paper Towns, to which after I will see the movie. I have a question about the fault in our stars though, what happens to Hazel and Isaac after Gus passes away? What about her mom and dad? Gus’ parents?
Sorry for asking so many questions but I’m very curious of what happens to them. Thanks for writing such inspiring stories though!! They’re truly amazing.
~Zoe

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ithzel castaneda July 27, 2015 at 8:33 pm

Hi Mr.green , My ñame is ithzel i really Love your books . I am reading Papertowns , when i read this book. It makes me think that theirs a whole world out there. So much that i can do ! And do things that i never thought of doing ! Yea I’ll maybe regret it later.but not think that why didnt i do it . Also áre you going to write more books later on???

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Linda July 30, 2015 at 9:51 pm

Love your stories never realized the author though sorry but now I wonder did this John Greene ever live with his grandfather and went to Frankford highschool

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Caleb July 30, 2015 at 11:34 pm

So….
John has often (very much recently) spoken at length on paper towns/roads/cities/etc.

How about a paper book (no pun intended):
https://www.wattpad.com/story/4470555-an-imperial-affliction

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Aerdna August 1, 2015 at 4:23 am

Mr Green, red wires that connect people with people. Millions of red wires that can stretch and put together but never break.

Sorry if something is not understood but English is not my native language .

A-

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lola August 2, 2015 at 8:23 pm

hi john,
i love your books. I have some questions to you. ill be really pleased if you answer them.
¿do u compare imperial pain with another real book and hazel?¿why agustus walters get in love whit hazel?my grandma said that margo was stupid because when she cant solve their problems she ran away ¿what do u think?

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Ulany G. August 2, 2015 at 10:50 pm

Dear John Green,

Okay, I’m am going to try and write this letter so here I go.My name is Ulany Guerrero and I am 10 years old turning 11 in October.Last Summer I read your book ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ and that literally, changed my whole entire life.Basically my mom bought the book of a movie I REALLY wanted to see and when I read it, I started to like reading.And that’s very strange to both my friends Heidi and Albert (Who I keep trying to get to read your books) because I used to really hate reading until your movie ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ came along.So thanks, alot.I turned into the biggest weirdo in the 5th grade.

A few months later my parents and I went back to the bookstore that my mom had gotten ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ in (Barnes&Noble) and that time I’d gotten ‘Looking For Alaska’ and that was just last December.I’m currently on the last chapter of ‘Paper Towns”.

Mr.Green, I wasn’t being sarcastic when I thanked you for making the book that made me into a big weirdo.Because if I didn’t become a weirdo then I wouldn’t have great friends like Heidi & Alberto.This letter is going to end up very long, and I do hope your okay with that.I don’t very much want to get my hopes up, but some day, I really do hope to meet you.And, please, please, PLEASE AFTER ‘Paper Towns’ make ‘Looking For Alaska’ a movie, and if you do I’m looking forward to it.

Sincerely, Natalie Ulany Guerrero

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