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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Britt July 21, 2014 at 4:58 am

Hello there!
I decided to take a look on this website, because it’s holiday anyway and I have nothing else to do. Also I thought it might be interesting, which it certainly is.
I admire John’s work a lot! I bought this box with a few of his books last week.

I don’t know if there’s anyone here who cares, but I want to become a writer myself. The thing is that nobody I know ships that. They expect me to become a doctor or whatever. I wanted to be a psychologist once. I still have that tention, but my dream to become a writer is so much more meaningful to me. Has anyone else got this problem too? What am I supposed to do?

Anyway, if you want to contact me, my instagram name is @brittvanbakel (as you might be able to see from my name, I’m Dutch. This is possibly the main reason of several grammar mistakes I made. I want to study English, though. Well, I want to study in England, but then I’m still supposed to have the English language under control).

So.. Live long and prosper, I guess.

Goodbye. Okay.


Jim July 25, 2014 at 3:56 pm

You can be more than one thing. You can be a writer and a psychologist. When you go to college take psychology courses and writing courses and history and all other type of courses that interest you. Explore the world and learn new and exciting things. Never settle on just one dream but pursue all of your dreams.


Brinny July 24, 2014 at 10:14 pm

You’re my role model and an amazing writer. You put so much thought into your books and are very philosophical. I love your love for people’s last words, I think it’s very interesting :) You probably won’t reply to this since you would be making a video with your brother or something and wont have time, but is there a chance Looking For Alaska might have a movie? It would be amazing if so. Thank you for your amazing mind and books :)


Leticia July 25, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Hello John Green,
I’m Leticia and I love all his books despite having read only 4 of them, but what I wanted to say is that even if you are simply a hero for me (although I do not believe in heroes), but what really matters is I identify myself a lot with many of the characters in his books, thank you for existing!
Big fan of his,


Lynnette July 26, 2014 at 5:18 am

Paper Towns needs to become a movie!


Loren July 26, 2014 at 1:29 pm

I think the same thing… I find my self in margo so much. All her ideas.. all her expectations from life.
I can completely understand her point of view.


Monique July 28, 2014 at 2:19 am

hey guys,
umm well you will be glad to hear this……… paper towns IS becoming a movie and its starring NAT WOLFF ♥♥ I CAN’T WAIT!


James July 28, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Well, I don’t mean to offend you but how can you see yourself in some scratches on a piece of paper that goes by the name of Margo? Maybe by her actions or thoughts, but all this goes through one’s mind as they want it to be. Maybe you two do share the same thoughs on life itself, but note that life is only a beautiful lie – death is the painful truth. That being said, you can never be sure because its all in one person’s perspective of things, and one of you aren’t even real.


Loren July 26, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Hi John Green!
I’m from italy. I just finished paper town and it literally changed my life! it’s incredible the way you can help people or understand them only writing books. I have a lot of questions for you. Like..
where do you get your inspiration from? How would you help margo if you knew her? did you ever feel like her in your life because I do and it’s amazing and awful at the same way.
I really hope you will reply but I know you wont.
Anyway thank you for writing your amazing stories and keep doing it! I have a lot of more questions and I hope that some day I could ask them to you.
sorry for the possible grammar mistakes


marguerite July 26, 2014 at 5:55 pm

Hi, I’m french, and i just finish to read The fault in our stars, but seriously. why you kill harry ? hermione needed him.


Augustus waters July 26, 2014 at 6:05 pm

bitch, I’m back.


marguerite July 26, 2014 at 5:57 pm

sorry, wrong story.


juliette July 27, 2014 at 7:47 am

I’m french and i have finish to Read the fault in Our stars and i Am crazy about This book and i’m exited to SEE the movie !!!
I’m sorry for m’y bad English
But i want to Spaak with you Can you send me an e-mail please at :


Shane July 27, 2014 at 4:25 pm

I love ur books I would REALY like to know how hazel is affected when gus dies please write back or write a sequel


meg July 28, 2014 at 12:20 am

Dear John Green,
I am a reading teacher (middle school) & just want to say thank you for writing The Fault in Our Stars. I always have a go to book for my reluctant readers & this is it. I have read almost everything you’ve written. And I’ve also read This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl & was supremely touched by your introduction. Reading her words and those of the people who knew & loved her made me sad that I didn’t have the chance. I’m hoping more people will read her memoir & follow in her footsteps. So, thank you, John, for being awesome! DFTBA!


Allie July 28, 2014 at 2:17 am

Hi john!
I am a huge fun of your books! I just love them and the inspirations leading behind your books! When ever I have free time on weekends or after my day I sit on my desk chair and read your books for hours. I think they are truly amazing and like Hazel grace wrote to Peter van Houten I would love to read your shopping list, any time and any where! I also admire the lovely front covers of your books they make me want to read them over and over! Thank you for you brilliant books and your time reading this !
Please write back !!! I would love if you would and I would put butter all over my face!!!!


Kaelin July 29, 2014 at 11:53 am


I hope you realize what a mess you got yourself into by writing the story you did :D By ending your book just slightly better than Peter Van Houten, I feel as though you have followed his footsteps. What happens to Hazel? What happens to Isaac. What happens to Phillip? I need answers!!

I look forward to reading the Fault in Our Stars again, but only if I receive an answer so I can feel good about it. Okay, I don’t think I will be able to retain myself for that long, but I would love some answers.



Thuy July 29, 2014 at 7:59 pm

Who is Phillip? And btw I don’t think it’s necessary that you need the answers now because the book is a fiction book, and it’s amazing that he wrote such a good book. You don’t have to feel the pressure of wanting to know answers. How about try to think of it in a good way that it ended well and you can just image how Hazel’s life afterwords. (lastly … haha It would be great if there’s part 2 of the fault in our stars)


Rose Rivera July 30, 2014 at 1:40 am

Phillip is Hazel ‘ s oxygen cart. And I think that it would be great if there’s part 2 of Tfios too.


Rose Rivera July 30, 2014 at 2:02 am

Hi Sir,

I’ve read Tfios and Looking for Alaska. I’m looking forward to reading your other famous and most likely brilliant books. By far my favorite one is Tfios which is probably no surprise. I know that some people say how Tfios is just another love-at-first-sight kind of book which is such a lie. Like any other fan I know that people are just looking at the romance of the book, but if she actually stop and think about what it really is about then the romance between Augustus and Hazel is just a bonus. This book ,to me, is truly just about what life. One day you wake up perfectly healthy and the other you wake up with a disease. Throughout a life like Hazel’s it is possible to have a good life. Like Gus did.

Looking for Alaska is a funny book yet it still has its sad moments. Alaska is my favorite character in the book. After all she did free herself from the labyrinth. Alaska was the kind of girl that just did things without thinking. She was smart. The book itself has some questions that you can discuss like Is Forgiveness Universal? I say it is.

I hope you write a new book and I hope it’s as good as the others and if not I will still read anything you publish even your to do list.

Sincerely ,
Young Reader Rose.


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