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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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!
-Shira

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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.
-Margot

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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

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JustCallMeEmma April 16, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Hi,
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,
JustCallMeEmma

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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.

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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.

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KatherynLee April 19, 2014 at 11:37 pm

I agree with that last statement. No, the end of the John’s book is not the true end of Hazel’s and Isaac’s and Peter’s story. Their stories go on. Does Hazel survive? Well, does she? That’s not for John to tell you. That is for you, the reader, to decide. For books belong to their readers, not to their authors. Authors just give it the little spark of life it needs to get going. Its not up to John to decide if Hazel Grace dies or lives or dates Isaac. Its up to you and me and the rest of nerdfighteria. So you decide, and be glad he didn’t end his book in the middle of a sentence like Van Houten. :) DFTBA

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Zoe April 21, 2014 at 6:16 am

Think of it as an analogy- I believe John Green was explaining to us the importance of discovering your own ending, using your imagination to create an ending for those characters based on how you want them to end up. What made An Imperial Affliction so great was that it DIDN’T tell you the ending! Same for The Fault In Our Stars: use your imagination and think about what you believe happens :)

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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!!!!

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Jamin Johnson April 21, 2014 at 9:46 pm

As a marketing and disability program manager, a cute mom to three teens, and a 48 year old avid reader, I just want to say– John, YOU ROCK!

….Ok, yeah, that was totally goofy, but based on the vlog brothers, you seem like a guy who can handle cheesy, smart, unique stuff. So, I just wanted to tell you that your book inspired me. (yes, you hear that 100x a day…). I was (am?!) going through a lot of serious changes in my life and well, was a bit in the dumps last week. I read your oh so eloquent and thought-producing TFIOS in two days and it was like… Well, like watching fireflies on a warm, dark night.

As a result of the many internal conversations I had, and watching your vlogs, I realized this is “IT.”. I then spent the weekend on a nerdfighter mission… Creating 72 individual paper art works to send my friends and family who are coping with, in no particular order: skin cancer, heart failure, Alzheimer’s, lung cancer, chronic IBS, and reconstruction after penile cancer (I didn’t know penis cancer existed either). So, in the next several weeks 8 struggling people will find a bit of beauty in their mailboxes every couple of days. Something colorful, creative, textured, and real…”a something” to hold in their hand or hang on their fridge. A little something to remind them of beauty/hope/memories…something to remind them of their importance to others … and something to highlight that they are loved.

So, John Green, writer, Yeti and kiddo loving family guy, funny brother to Hank ( who’s really William), and whip-smart guy– on behalf of all nerdfighters, not-so-down-anymore, 48 year old book-crazed fans, THANK YOU! You were the catalyst to making this little part of others’ infinities better.

Jamin… (No, it’s NOT jam-in… It’s JAY-min zee DFTBA MN Gal). ;)

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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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Cynthia Saenz April 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Dear john,
This book is the most amazing thing to ever have came to this earth! I have had read the whole thing within 8 hours and started to re-read it. I guess I’ve grown a fetish with not just the charecters and grand vocabulary…(not to mention the amazing fact that you are a man that completely made me think the story was actually written by a young girl ) … It’s the story itself!! I’m at the point where I’ve gotten all my friends to read it and my phone screen saver says “The Fault In Our Stars”. I know this is a fictional book but it still amazes me each time I think of it. What I am going to talk about next, well, your going to think that I am trying to be a replica of Hazel. How she asks Mr. Van Houten all about “The Imperial Affliction”, I’m not….I truly would like to know what in the world happens to Hazel after she reads the paper Augustus sent to Mr. Van Houten. Also, my friends believe that Augustus comes back to life… I would like to know what happens to him and what happens to Isac. I really have been pondering about this and I hope that you read this and answer back. I’m begging you to email me back John.

Yours truly,
Cynthia Vanessa Saenz

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Ayushi April 20, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Dear John,

I just want to say that your books are really important to me. (Sorry, that’s a bit vague. I’m slightly terrified that upon reading this, you’ll go all Peter Van Houten and be like, ‘When you said my books were important to you…’ and then give some impressively long and philosophical soliloquy. But I know you’re not like that.)
Anyway, I love your books. Really good books are hard to find; really good books with really good authors are rarities. At your worst, your writing is still interesting. At your best, your writing is…
I don’t know. Profound, clear, ambiguous, intelligent. And even though I am not a sixteen year-old cancer patient, or a depressed child prodigy with a strange taste of girlfriend, or a skinny boarding-school student with a love for cigarettes and last words, or a boy obsessed with his childhood friend and neighbor, I can relate. I’m not Hazel, or Colin, or Pudge, or Q., but somehow I understand them, and it’s a good kind of weird. At first I thought they were nothing like me, but as the pages kept turning, I realized that I was, in fact, like them. Another rarity.
Also, I watch/love your vlogbrothers videos. They’re hilarious and serious and /important/ at the same time. You (and Hank) are so funny and smart, and knowing that you have a likable personality in real life almost makes me enjoy your books more, because they’re coming from this guy with whom I feel really familiar.
Yeah, so John, I’m not sure what I was trying to say with this message that will probably go unread, but thanks for what I can’t articulate. Your writing has given me a lot to think about, and a lot to enjoy.

DFTBA,
Ayushi \></ <~~~~~ (Resulting failure of my heroic attempt to recreate the Nerdfighter salute with my keyboard. Sorry. I tried.)

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Emma April 20, 2014 at 7:02 pm

Please write more books!

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Andreia Carrijo April 20, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Oi,
Já li muitos livros, mas seu livro me fez ter vontade de falar com você.
Acbei muito linda a história ” A culpa é das estrelas” apesar de ser uma historia ficticia. Você escreve incrivelmente. Adorei a parte da matemática. Acho que deveria escrever em inglês, mas ainfa não consigo.
Sou casada e tenho 4 filhos e ainda sou professora(adivinha de que?, meus filbos vão ler seu livro. Fiquei com vontade de conhecer Amsterdan.
Espero que entenda o português.
Ps. Você tem medo que aconteça com você o que aconteceu no livro???

Atenciosamente,

Andreia Carrijo

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Rachel April 21, 2014 at 12:59 pm

John Green:
OMG. The Fault in our Stars. It’s so good I can’t put it into words. I’m so excited for the movie. Thank you so much for such an amazing story.
XOXO
Rachel

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Delaney B. April 21, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Mr. Green: Hi I’m Delaney Baker or maybe a more familiar name to you is the crazy stalker girl who walked right into your office with her aunt just last week. Now I’m hoping you will see this because you, by a long shot, are my favorite author. I’ve just got so many things to ask/tell you. And please dont snicker at my oh-so embarasing email address. I was only a small 7 year old when I made it, long story. Thanks, Delaney

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Bronwyn Tanner April 22, 2014 at 8:33 am

Fault in our stars was one of the best books that I’ve read so far.
I believe that we should make up our own ending .oh and if u havent
Read it please do its amazing. :-*

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Jannica April 22, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Hi!
I love all the books you write! I have read An abundance of Katharines, The Fault In our Stars and Looking for Alaska. My friends recommended them, so I thought to myself– OK! My goal is to read the rest of the books and to get a book signed…..then I could say…..MISSION COMPLETE! I have a question about An Abundance of Kathrines…….Does Colin date another Kathrine after Lindsey!
I hope you read this……..this question has been bugging me!

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Layla Spriggs April 22, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Dear John Green,

The first book of yours I read was The Fault In Our Stars, its beauty was amazing and afterwards I needed to read more of your work. I got given Looking For Alaska as a present then I bought Paper Towns and Will Grayson Will Grayson. I’m half way through Paper Towns and i’m already hooked, the characters and their story’s are really interesting and complicated. I love it.

I recently finished reading Looking For Alaska and all I can say is; why is that beauty locked up in a book, a book lost through time over the years forgotten. It needs to be freed, that book changed something inside me like most books I read but i believe the message needs to be given to us all. The message that it’s okay for one person to change your life and although that seems weird and wrong that for years people made no impact and then one person can make the biggest impact in a moment. I think that’s remarkable and magical that he knew he loved her and despite her mood swings and anger and the fact she was messed up he loved her and even though we will never know if she would of reciprocated that he let his whole self love her changing him not into a different person and not because he thought that would make her want him but into a more free and confidential self and because he needed to let go of what he was in the past because he wasn’t anything that he wanted.
I think this should be made into a film, The Fault In Our Stars made me sob and changed me and made me want Augustus and is rightly so becoming a breathtaking film but Looking For Alaska is breathtaking in a different way. I have my own vision for what this film would look like, the characters but i want yours I want to see what you thought of when you were writing this, I want to see the dorm, the couch the book shelves I want to see it all. I’ve seen it through my eyes and the picture is strong but i want to see it through your eyes.
All my life i’ve dreamt of being an actress and while reading this all I could think was how much this would not only change every person who read or hopefully one day watched it but if it was made into the film it deserves to it would change the lives of every actor.
I think these characters deserve to live even if it would be a short unlived yet completely accomplished life. Pudge deserves to fall in love with Alaska, Colonel deserves to love his mom and I and every fan deserves to fall in love with every character and it does seems more beautiful falling in love with words on a page but i know i will miss Alaska and Pudge and Colonel and Tamuki but reading the book means spending hours to fall in love with the characters again and want to see it come to life again. I want to see them all the short yet beautiful Colonel. The lanky and kinda cute Pudge, the erratic yet undeniably beautiful Alaska and Tamuki and Lara and The Eagle.
These beautiful words sprawled across these pages aren’t just words they are people’s lives, lives that grow and end and I understand Miles’ fascination (and yours of course the reason for his) it was a sentence that could tell you who they were in those last moments the person the made people believe them to be or their true self. Pudge may not have died but he had last words, the last words he spoke were “Well, you have to write something.”
How do you get out of Labyrinth:
By breaking the rules, the labyrinth is the place of ultimate suffering then don’t suffer, find someone. You are not the only one trapped in a labyrinth. Alaska, Chip, Miles all trapped and without realising it got out at least for a short time because they broke the rules, they lived without restrictions they loved no matter the pain, they threw away suffering and turned it into more love and an adventure. They defied the rules and the restriction of the labyrinth, just as they broke the rules of their school, and they may not of escaped but it disappeared long enough for them to forget about it they stopped worrying and got out.
That’s what I thought anyway, i could be completely wrong but that is honest thoughts of freeing your self: believing you are free.

I have now rambled for a long time but i need to say my earlier point, this deserves to change the lives of everybody even if they don’t read, everyone should realise they got out by not even knowing there was a labyrinth.

I hope I get a reply.
All you words are love and I get the pleasure of reading them every day so I’m giving you some of mine in return.
(i’m so nervous of even the thought of you reading this)

Layla Spriggs

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QTHEREASURrECTION April 22, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Thank you. Just thank you.

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