John’s Other Writing


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.


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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Shira Diamond April 15, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Dear Mr. Green,
Currently I’ve been spending my nights reading your books or watching your and your brother’s YouTube videos. When you appeared on teens react I jumped off my bed at ran around my house screaming in excitement, my parents and sisters thought I was crazy. The latest book I’ve read has been Paper Towns, which I put off reading. But, I read a summary online, and when I saw a article online saying that you are making the movie and where the setting is in the book, I began reading right away. Once I figured out that the setting of the book includes WPHS as well, and that Margo is jewish like me I didn’t put the book down. I finished the book in about 4 hours. I payed so much attention to how u described WPHS, you got it right! Except that there is a freshman campus. All of your books are so amazing, my English teacher and I fangirl about your books before class, she even showed the class a episode of crash course one day. I almost fell out of my seat, everyone didn’t understand my excitement. I can’t wait to see TFIOS in the theaters as soon as it comes out!
Now that I’m done with fangirling….. I would like to say how much your work has inspired me. I have a serve speech impediment, which I have worked on for 11 years (I am currently 14) as well as auditory processing disorder. Also, even though I am relatively healthy I have visited the hospital 4 times in the last 12 months, and been having to go to physical therapy for a injury to my back caused from marching band (it is a sport). I love to read and write, but knowing I could never do what you do since no one could understand me, I began to give up on my dreams. When we had to pick a career in school to do a project on, I had to reject so many jobs I wanted to do because I can’t talk clear enough, or understand what people say, including becoming a teacher. Then I read TFIOS and understood it doesn’t matter what you have, you just need to have a little infinity. You are such an inspiration, being such a amazing author and so young!


Margot April 16, 2014 at 1:05 am

Hi! I just wanted to say that Looking for Alaska totally changed my outlook on realistic fiction, such as it is. This was definitely one of my favorite books. Also, I found it hilarious that in Paper Towns, the main character’s name is Margo. That’s my name too, except mine has a t at the end. No one ever uses that name in books though, so I was exceptionally happy to see that. Also, I’m Jewish, so I definitely felt that I could relate to the character in at least a small way. Anyway, I guess what I’m saying is: Thank you for writing and doing your YouTube channel. Your books are so well written, and your videos are quirky in the best possibly way. (You’re one of the few channels I subscribe to.) Anyway, though I know you really don’t care about my opinion all that much, I just wanted to say that you should be proud of all the writing you’ve done so far. It’s my dream to be an author like you, and I hope that someday, I’ll be just as successful. Thank you.


Winter April 16, 2014 at 11:22 am

Hello John,
I feel like I know You. and Somehow you know Me. Your books are and Inspiration to everyone of my Friends and I. You have kept my strings intact as I travel to different realms as I cry with Hazel Grace, laugh and worry with Q, try to wrap my head around Colin with Hassan, connect with Will Grayson (both) as he finds his path with Tiny, and mourn with Alaska because I understand what she is going though. I know you probably will never read this but I just want to thank you for everything.
- Yours truly

Margo, Alaska, Jane, Hazel, Linsey, and Winter


JustCallMeEmma April 16, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Okay. I have absolutely no idea what to say. I need a favor. And I know it probably won’t happen at all or even be seen, which is why I am DEFINITELY not freaking out about writing this (jk, I totally am). Funny thing is that feel kinda like Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace right now….
Any way..A friend of mine(really good friend), who does everything for me is graduating soon(in, like, a month and a half) and I want to surprise her. I know it’s a lot to ask for you to come to surprise her but….I would love it if that would happen..
A Friend,


Julia April 17, 2014 at 7:16 pm

I love your books I really hope the next time your in Terre Haute you stop by Otter Creek Middle School so you can talk to the 8th grade Gold tea.


Candice April 17, 2014 at 10:46 pm

I love love love “The Fault in Our Stars” it was positively amazing though i would like to know what happens to Hazel and Issac and Hazels parents and Peter. Does Hazel die or does her cancer go into remission? Does she fall in love with Issac or anyone else? Does Peter snap out of his drunken life and write a squeal? What happens next because i refuse to believe that that is the true end.


Heyitsmollytheathenakid April 17, 2014 at 11:13 pm

Hey I think you and your brother are amazing! I am dedicated nerdfighter and I have a couple questions (they are kind of random);) ~So what is your favorite baseball team (if you watch the mlb)? ~ What is your favorite character you created? ~ Are you ever coming to Minneapolis? ~What was your favorite subject in school? ~ What is your favorite quote? ~ If you read Percy Jackson, what cabin are you in? ~What house from Harry Potter? ~What faction from divergent?
Well I think you guys are fantastic and I hope you make more books John!!! You should come talk to Immaculate Conception School in CH, Minnesota! You guys are some of my idols ( along with my favorite saints,inventors, actors, musicians, and Athletes;))! Well O dream of being the first person on Mars!!! So I wish I could meet you guys someday!!! So DFTBA FOREVER!!!!


Just call me Evelyn April 18, 2014 at 7:00 am

I don’t really know how to start this but I wanted to thank you, John. I read all of your books and they’ve helped me a lot with my struggles in life. I had a very hard time growing up and I had a lot of fake friends. When I read your books I saw myself in those persons and it just made me realize that even though I feel alone and unconnected with this world I am not and there are a lot of people who go through the same as I do.


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