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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Yulianna .O November 20, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Hello, Mr. Green…

I just wanted to say that your quite brilliant, obviously you already know that because look where you are now…. Hundreds of people adoring you, a movie out and another one coming soon…
Anyway, I think that you are amazing at what you do and that I’ve been puzzling on how you think of such crazy, awesome quotes, metaphors, etc. (I’m hoping you know what I mean….)

Its been a pleasure sending you a comment that you most likely will never read :) But, if in any way you read this and happen have time to respond would you tell me a way to stop my annoying habit? (I use *…* to much if you haven’t noticed…)

-Yulianna .O


Jasmine. C November 22, 2014 at 1:09 am

Hello, John Green
May i say you are quite the idiosyncratic person, quite the genius actually.
Your books can be read ubiquitous and by ubiquitous, i mean anywhere!
I quite admire you and your work and you are an especially inspiring person and I am quite sure that all your readers/fans think so too.
The book i enjoy the most out of the books I have read by you so far would be Looking for Alaska, though i did cry in both the book and movie with the Fault in our stars. The movie could of been more based on the book but that’s my biased intake of it.

I do so hope you have/had an astounding day
-Jasmine. C


Rita Pinho November 22, 2014 at 11:21 am

Dear John Green,
My name is Rita Pinho, I’m fourteen years old and I’m from Portugal.
Some time ago I decided to read the original “The Fault In Our Stars”(and it means that I have to be really good at English) because I’ve always wished to read the exact words that you wrote. The contact with the book made me feel closer to you and with the story. I’ve read all your books in Portuguese but I thought if I had to read one of your original books it had to be “The Fault In Our Stars”! Actually, it all started when I saw the movie at the cinema and I have to admit it: is impossible to see it without crying! And when I read the original book I cried even more! It is so honest and truthful but at the same time sad and heartbreaking! (I’am sure that you hear this a lot!) I really feel in love with the story and, for that reason, I wanted to find out more about your amazing work! So, I read “An Abundance of Katherines”, “Looking for Alaska” (a heartbreaking story, too!), “Paper Towns”, “Let It Snow” and finally “The Fault In Our Stars”. I will obviously, read your next book. I’m also planning to read “Will Grayson, Will Grayson”. I’ve done a lot of research because I’ d like to write you a perfect letter, for instance, besides reading your books, I saw lots of interviews about the movie with Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort (they are my favourite actors!) and, of course, with you! I’ve visited your awesome website and I’m a member of your fans club!
There is so much to say that I’ve realised it is impossible to describe how beautiful and genius this book is and the difference it has made in my life, because it is a brilliant book written by a brilliant author. I absolutely love every single word, phrase, paragraph, page, chapter but I think the most profund and honest phrases are: “Maybe okay will be our always”; “That’s the thing about pain it demands to be felt”;”I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once”;”You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this worls, but you do have some say in who hurts you”.Of course there are more incredible phrases and trust me, if I had to say it I would never finished this letter!
You really taught me so many things! This story shows us the painful truth of the reality and that “The world is not a wish-granting factory” (I also love this phrase from the book).
Also, I think, one of the most important lessons that we should learn from the book is that love is so powerful that help us overcome all the obstacles, even cancer.
Besides, you gave me other perspective of life: nothing in this world can be taken from granted so we need to enjoy every tiny special moment and to celebrate the little things, because those are the ones we most desire. And we should always have faith and hope especially when our life seems to be folling apart.
John Green, “I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity”.
I’m looking foward to hearing from you.
You can be sure of my admiration for you and for your work as well.
Your fan,
Rita Pinho


Ms. Nancy S. November 22, 2014 at 10:09 pm

Hello, Rita. You have written a beautiful letter! I’m not John Green, but I hope he sees your sensitive, intelligent, passionate praise!

I teach fiction writing to teens (California) and I have a teacher-friend here whose relatives live in Portugal. I lived in Spain for a year (I know, not the same as Portugal!). Do you want to do anything involved with literature or writing when you’re an adult?

It is so inspiring to see your appreciation of John Green’s books. Maybe I can introduce you, online, to some teens in our annual writing workshop… they might love to chat with you. I imagine you are a terrific student, and will excel in anything you choose. I wish you every success!

(If you’d like to reply, please use my website contact form… it would be fun to hear from you!)

Best wishes,
Ms. Nancy


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