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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Savanna May 25, 2012 at 1:51 am

Dear John,

You. Are. Amazing. That about sums up all I have to say. I just finished The Fault in Our Stars. It was brilliant. I can’t wait to for your next book!

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E May 26, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Hey John,
I have not yet read any of your books but I eagerly await the day when I do. I was supposed to tonight but my dad wouldn’t take me to the Barnes and Noble. You have successfully decreased world suck!

Fellow Nerdfighter,
E

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Bree May 26, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Hi John,
I would just like to thank you for writting the novel The faults in our stars. I just finished it yesterday and it was amazing. In a weird sort of way, it kind of changed my life… The faults in our stars related to me in such a personal level that is was unbelievable. My grandfather passed away in September and he and Hazel both had the same type of cancer. Reading this novel really gave me the sense of what my grandfather went through and what he was feeling. When I was 20 pages into the book I knew that is would be one of those life changing novels. ( I had the same feeling while reading Looking for Alaska). Thank for sharing your gift and I can not wait to read more of your novels.

A fanof yours for always,
Bree

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Angelu Nambling May 29, 2012 at 1:33 am

Hey John,
You are amazing like I love what you do….I’m currently collecting all of your books,looking for Alaska was funny and never boring,I keep reading it over and over….looking forward to read your next big bestseller

-angelu

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Emily May 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Wow. You are a fantastic author! I got A Fault in our Stars and I was hooked at 20 pages in. I absolutely love you!!! Now I’m reading all of your other books, thinking they will be as good as this one and I’m sure they will live up to my expectations if not higher.

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Nat May 30, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Dearest Most Amazing Writer Ever,
I really, really hope you see this, just because I want you to know that even though you don’t know me, and I don’t know you, I think YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. Here I am, sitting on my couch, tears overflowing my too small eyes, mascara dribbling down my face, on chapter 21 of The Fault in Our Stars. I have literally been forced to put it down, with final exams coming up, reading is “not on my priorities list”. I HAVE TO FINISH IT. I started yesterday. I am completely in love. This book is so beautifully written, I have tears from catastrophe and tears from insane laughter. THANK YOU (: TFIOS is so incredibly insightful and amazing that it seems like it’s (get ready for cliche-ness) changing my life. woah. If I went through and highlighted the great lines in this book, the entire thing would be neon yellow. I LOVE IT.

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Kelsey Smith May 30, 2012 at 11:24 pm

I love your comment here. So well put about TFIOS.

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Kelsey Smith May 30, 2012 at 11:23 pm

Dear John,

Words can not describe how brilliant you are. I just finished The Fault in Our Stars and I could not put it down. You are an amazing writer and I’m so glad I decided to pick up your books. I also read Looking for Alaska which was also simply amazing. I look forward to your next book. Thank you for writing these books that engulf so many people into the story.

Kelsey Smith

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Sophia May 31, 2012 at 5:35 am

Hi! Just wanted to tell you that your books are amazing! I’ve read Looking For Alaska, Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars and Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I’m currently reading An Abundance of Katherines and I’m so far, as usual, loving it. I can’t wait for your next book!

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Skylar June 2, 2012 at 10:10 am

Dear John,
Hey John, I’m currently about to finish The Fault In Our Stars and I think my review can be stated by reading every other comment about it. TFIOS and Looking For Alaska(in your pants) made me cry and laugh, they were amazing and I want to thank you for writing these book, and touching my life.

Another fanboy, Skylar

P.S. I was introduced to your books by the girl I’m in nerdfighter-like with (though you could call it love, seeings as we’ve dated before, and we kissed and whatnot). So I hope your books can help me reconnect with her. Also, all the books I’ve read by you, I borrowed from her. She got a signed copy of TFIOS.
And Emily, if you’re reading this: I still love you.

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kaila June 9, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Skylar

I don’t know you, but that doesn’t change how much heart-meltiness I am experiencing after reading about your nerdfighter-like/love for this girl.

Kaila

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Hannah June 14, 2012 at 12:48 am

That is without a doubt the sweetest thing I’ve heard all week. My heart feels all gushy. I should go see a doctor, but I won’t!

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Cati June 6, 2012 at 2:54 pm

John,
So since I learnt to speak, I’ve never been a fan of it. Like seriously, speaking in front of anyone seemed like the worst thing in the world – above global warming, an apocalypse and God stomping down and shouting at everyone, yes- however I would like to thank you. I have read most of your books and when I heard about vlogbrothers I was delighted. Now every time I am thrown into a situation that relies on me speaking, I hear you telling me to use my words, and that is exactly what I do.

Thanks for saving me from myself,
Cati – aged 15.

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Paulina Mądrawska June 12, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Dear John ,
I started reading about 3 years ago and all I’ve always read were fiction novels but my friend recommended your book “The fault in Our Stars” and I fell in love with it straight away . Now I’m looking for your other books since holidays are starting and I will have huge amount of free time . My friend recommended “Looking for Alaska ” . I really can’t wait till I get my hands on that book . I’ve read ” The Fault in Our Stars” in three hours and I cried soo hard at the end .
Anyway , your book was amazing . It seemed like a real teenager with cancer wrote it . Can’t wait to read some other of your books :)

Paulina

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Aurora June 13, 2012 at 6:01 pm

John,
You. Are. Unflawed. As I sit amongst 3 packets of final notes, and with 2 different Word documents full of papers that need to proof read.. I meditate about how I cried for 200 pages straight last Monday night while reading The Fault In Our Stars in 3 hours. Which book of yours should I read next? You are amazing. You get me.

Now a Nerdfighter,
Aurora.

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Hannah June 14, 2012 at 12:43 am

John Green. You are an amazing writer. Looking for Alaska has affected my life so much. Me and my best friend, Ethan, have read all your books, and are slightly obsessed with you (me more than him, though). We plan, when I’m done with college and he’s out of the military, to just take off without warning, and leave clues behind, like in Paper Towns. We’ll take off and go wherever feel like, looking for our own Great Perhaps. You inspired me to start writing, myself. So, hopefully, within the next twenty or thirty years, I’ll hopefully be half as good a writer as you. Thank you for being a writer. Please write more books!

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Frankie June 14, 2012 at 6:12 am

John Green, both as a person and an author, you inspire me . Your youtube channel and twitter page make me think and laugh. You have also introduced me to so many other people who are equally interesting. Your curiosity, humor, and utter relatability draw me in and make you a sort of old friend. I am so grateful to you for sharing yourself with your readers and fans this way (and thankful to your family for letting you). You make me think that I could start to live a life that is more open to my passions and dreams, and less about the cubicle, the bills, and the life-sucking menial tasks that are associated with “adulthood”. I wonder, have you always been this way? Have you always lived this way? In any case, I thank you for the light your words and gifts have brought to us the readers and viewers and I look forward to reading and watching more of you in the future.

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Liam Hearn June 14, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Damn, just finished reading Paper towns ( Awesome book By the Way) and Just started Reading an Abundance of Katherines, and I cant Put it Down. its That fricken Awesome. also My friend Introduced me To the vlog Brothers and Its the Best!

Fellow nerdfighter,
Liam

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Katherine June 17, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Dear John,
You are a fantastic writer. I just finished reading The Fault in Our Stars and wow, it was amazing. While reading it I couldn’t help but fall in love with Augustus. You did such a good job of conveying young love. While reading TFIOS I was texting my friend, and I told him that something had happened to the guy and he asked if me I was crying. I was, but just like I was okay crying durning the notebook, I was fine crying while reading because it was such a good book. Not just good but it was fabulous. Thank you for writing it, and thank you for writing more books and not being a Van Houten. TFIOS is now my AIA. So in conclusion- I need to conclude or I am going to write a novel- thanks. I can’t wait to start reading your other stuff (: take care, probably won’t read this, but okay
Katherine (:

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Maddie June 20, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I just finished looking for Alaska. John green, you are flat out amazing. Aside from The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, No other book has ever moved me so much. After reading that, I don’t think I will ever feel lonely again, and I can’t wait to read The Fault In Our Stars(:

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Kendra Hennegen June 20, 2012 at 10:56 pm

John Green,
I absolutely adore all of your books. I read Looking For Alaska last year and it quickly became my favorite book so I quickly read everything else you have written. I was not surprised with I ended up loving all of them. You are my favorite modern author. I keep rereading your books because they are so good, but please write more!!

Kendra

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Sarah June 23, 2012 at 4:45 am

Dear John Green,

You are my favourite author. You write such amazing books that have so much meaning in them and everyone sentence is a crucial part to the novel and not one is wasted. The fault in our stars is my favourite book and it always will be. I must admit I laugh and cry more and more every time I re-read it. I’ve told all of my friends about your books, especially The Fault in Our Stars, who have all said it is heart-warming and just indescribable (in a good way!). Thank you so much for all of your books and PLEASE KEEP WRITING! You’re truly an amazing writer! You probably get a lot of comments saying this but it’s true in every comment! Thank you!

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Cole June 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Dear John Green,
I have Read Looking For Alaska, Paper Towns, And The Fault in Our Stars. All of Your books Have inspired Me and Changed mY. LIFe in So many ways. I have Been in And out Of a Depression for years, Starting when I was nine and my MoM Decided she Didn’t want My twin sister and me Anymore. Your books have always helped me. Please Never Stop writing. NO PRESSURE!! My Sis And i. Love your Books So much.

thank You

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Cupcake bookworm June 28, 2012 at 11:05 am

I absolutely love love love your books!!!! I read Looking for Alaska and The Fault In Our Stars ( today in fact and I’m gonna go cry about the book and how good it was and that it ended) and I also read Let It Snow…I’m gonna read all ur other books as soon as I get them and everything…let it snow was the best most romantic book in the world!!! Sosososososogoodgoodgoodgood!!!

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Janeczka L. June 29, 2012 at 12:25 am

Dear John Green,

Approximately 12 months ago, I started reading Looking for Alaska. The book opened my eyes, and changed my life forever. Once I finished it, I just kept staring at the last page because it was so beautiful. I loved the book so much that I took an interest in reading books (which is a HUGE deal). It was the first novel I bought, with the full-intention of actually reading it. Now I’m halfway done with The Fault in Our Stars, with over 100 books on my “to-read” shelf. You are by far one of the greatest, most wonderful authors I’ve come across. I’ve read all of your other books and I have to say, they are all hands-down AMAZING. I cannot wait to read more of your incredible works! Thank you for writing novels that contain all possible emotions in just one story. From awkward, hilarious moments to deep, heartfelt conversations full of meaning and love. Your books have become a part of my life. And I am forever a fan.

With Love,
Janeczka L. (the “c” is silent…)

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Beatrice June 30, 2012 at 3:19 am

Can I just say that I love all your books and that you are probably the most real author I’ve ever read.

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Rachel Boaz July 1, 2012 at 3:54 pm

You are an amazing writer and I would bet you’re an amazing person.

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cassie July 1, 2012 at 4:02 pm

John, I am begging you to release a new novel soon. As hard as I try, I cannot find a book that can compete with those that you wrote. I’m dying to read more of your stuff!

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Darian July 4, 2012 at 2:26 pm

The Fault in Our Stars is one of the best books I have ever read. After TFIOS I had the pleasure of reading An Abundance of Kathrines, then Looking For Alaska, then Will Grayson, Will Grayson. The moment Paper Towns returns to my library, I am going to read that. Keep on writing, John! You are fantastic!

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Pam July 5, 2012 at 4:38 pm

John,
Thank you so much for writing Paper Towns, Looking For Alaska, The Fault in Our Stars, and Will Grayson Will Grayson ( I haven’t read an abundance of Katherines yet, so I feel like I would be lying if I thanked you for it) they are so amazingly written and I have yet to read anything that compares to them except for Perks of Being a Wallflower, even then it’s still a close tie. I don’t think I could ever read a book as wonderful as the books I’ve listed above and I can’t wait to start An Abundance of Katherines Thank you so much for writing the books that helped me find myself. I could never repay you.
Pam

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Sara July 6, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Dear John,
I just finished reading Looking for Alaska. I thought that the novel was amazing and I loved it. Alaska had me crying and laughing and a tad bit confused at some points. But altogether it was a touching reading experience. I also read The Fault in Our Stars. I knew that novel was going to be in my favorites after the first chapter. The Fault in Our Stars was one of the most tear-causing novel I had ever read. My goal for July is to read all of your books. I think you are an amazing writer and look forward to reading more of your novels! :)
Sincerely, Sara

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Kerry D. July 6, 2012 at 10:38 pm

John Green I finnally put down TFIOS so i can read your other books and though they are also my favorite books I CANT STOP READING/LISTENING TO THE FAULT IN OUR STARS!!!!!! IM UP TO LIKE 20 TIMES NOW ITS AN ADDICTION!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! IM NOT EVEN KIDDING!!!!

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Hayley July 7, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I feel like my IQ rises after hearing you and your brother talk in your Youtube videos. I made it a goal to read all of the books you wrote and to become an active nerdfighter! (even though I don’t know where to start) Never stop writing, your my inspiration to be a novelist.

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Jessica July 8, 2012 at 12:13 am

You are the most amazing author. I have read all of your books and every one of them has made me laugh and cry. I can’t wait for new books to come. Looking for Alaska was the best book I’ve ever read.
Jessica

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palmer boever July 9, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Mr. Green,
i guess you could say that i am like hazel wanting to know more and more about the fault in our stars. i understand the whole book except for the very end when the letter states that Augustus hopes hazel likes her choices too…. but what are hazels choices? to end her life early or wait it out? to try to find love again or to never seek another? I don’t have cancer, so i don’t get one wish or any cancer perks(i’m not wining or anything either i have a wonderful life :))…. but if i did it would be exactly what theirs was… to meet the author that they love… i just hope you aren’t as misleading as Van Houten. i am a big fan of yours and read your book in one night. please write me back
sincerely,
Palmer Boever

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Christina July 10, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Honestly i have no idea what to say to you … Your book was brilliant . I still have a billion questions consuming my thoughts , yet i will not ask , seeing as i know i will not receive a direct answer . I read your book a few times each time getting a different opinion and even more questions . i have also looked at your question and answer page and realize that you never answer any of the readers questions DIRECTLY , you keep them guessing , which is a sign of a brilliant author ( which ya are :) . This book made me cry , laugh , and smile . When i reach the end i actually cursed because you stopped and i should have realized you would do that :) . Thanks for the describable book .

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Joe July 11, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Dear Mr. Green,
I just finished reading The Fault in our Stars and I want to thank you so much for writing it. I have never been more emotionaly involved or invested in a book. This is truly one of the best works of liteature I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I usally do not get emotional while reading terrific books like yours or seeing sad films, but this made my cry real tears of saddness and joy. Your writing is so relatable and smart. You take readers away from their lives and write about characters so beautiful and heart breaking. I have also read Paper Towns and the genius Looking for Alaska and will be telling all of my friends to read your incredible books. Thank you so much.

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Cameron Beach July 14, 2012 at 1:44 am

I will try to make this short, although I cannot say it will be sweet, for I can’t possibly predict the winding path my thoughts will end up taking me, as they are so scrambled at the moment. And that was a long sentence with no real meaning, so who knows where this could end up going.

To my point, which you may or may not care about: I finished reading The Fault In Our Stars about twenty minutes ago. Now, I can’t say this email is going to be very interesting, for I don’t have a sob story to accompany my insights. I have had a close relative die from cancer, though I was very young and my memories are futile. There’s really nothing in this novel that I should be able to connect to.

The definitions of connect: to join, link, or fasten together; unite or bind.

I found this on dictionary.com, of course, for my infernally lazy self has refused to get out of bed at midnight and search for a dictionary which is probably in my dad’s office piled under dozens of other books, but even more probably sitting right on my nightstand. Either way, I kept scrolling down, unsatisfied with the definitions the website was providing. Sure, to connect was to join, to unite and bind. But it baffled me that while you could join, unite and bind two magnets together quite easily, you could also join, unite and bind two people together in a bond closer than anything magnetic or otherwise, which some may call love.

These two things being contained under the same word angered me a bit. It’s not fair to call linking a chain a connection, while also calling the first kiss of the rest of your life a connection. That is why I liked this definition a bit better.

Connect: to relate to or be in harmony with another person, one’s work, etc.

Drop the person and work part, and this definition could be applied to physical and non-physical connections. Please keep reading, sir. I promise I’ll get somewhere eventually.

After I read this definition, I finally stopped scrolling (a huge feat if you know of my inequitable curiosity. Thank goodness I am not a feline, or else I’d probably be dead by now). This is perfectly, exactly how I felt when I finished your novel. Connected. And I know I don’t know you, and we’ve never met, but somehow I felt as if you’ve got me. You know how to tell me exactly what I don’t want to hear, but in a way that makes me want to hear it anyway. You know how to craft a character so that I can connect to her, but yet I feel so different from her.

I could go on for ages about the quality of your writing, the way your details weave so gracefully throughout the novel, like I am reading the pure ocean. As a young and enthusiastic writer, don’t think I have overlooked these things.

But I want to tell you how you made me feel, because God knows it’s something I’ve never felt before.

And I’m not particularly sure what you made me feel. So, alas, this email is not any use to you, only to me. It makes me feel better that maybe, just maybe, you’ll read this and think about something. Doesn’t matter what: could be your cat needs feeding, or maybe you are bored out of your mind and you realize that you have a bit of a backache from your workout yesterday. A thought is a thought, and a thought is all I wish to evoke.

But I am getting off topic again.

Mr. Green, I just lay down and cried. I cried, and I cried, and I cried, and I didn’t know why, but yet I still cried. After my tears ran out, I sat and thought about why I had cried. And I still don’t know, but one thing I do know for certain, or almost certain, (I don’t want to place any certainties in a world crafted on change), that you have created something of great beauty, and it will alter many people’s perspectives.

I mostly want to thank you for making things so much clearer, yet so much more muddled. I want to thank you for planting so many thoughts in my brain that my vision is spinning. I know, that for as long as I live, whether that’s until tomorrow or 3013, I will store your novel in the back of my brain. Maybe it’s a work of pure fiction, and as Van Houten states, fiction has no meaning. But to me, it does. And maybe you didn’t mean for it to have meaning. Maybe it’s just a story. Maybe you’re shaking your head at the screen right now, thinking, “Who is this girl?”

Honestly, I don’t care. Whether you like it or not, your book has changed my life, my view, the words I’ve written on this page. Your book has torn me apart and pieced me back together. I’ve forged a connection with this book, and therefore with you, and Hazel, and Augustus, that cannot be broken.

The universe is to blame, I know. It needed me to notice this book, out of all the others on the shelf. It needed me to pick this one. The universe is shit, Mr. Green. It’s an unfair bastard, filled with bitterness and the salt of tears. But maybe, just this one time, the universe got it right. I’d like to think that, because I’d like to know for almost-absolutely-certain that without this book I would not be who I am, right at this exact moment in time.

Cameron Beach
(aged 14)

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Erin July 20, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I don’t know you and you probably don’t care about my opinion, but with that being said, I thought this post was absolutely amazing.

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Squid July 23, 2012 at 2:32 pm

You have stunningly clever words, Cameron, and you are very good at using them.

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Lara July 25, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I just posted my message, then scrolled up to yours, and read it. I am utterly in awe of you. Although we are the same age, you can twist your words to sound exactly the way you want them, and this passage has strongly affected me. You can write in ways that I cannot, you can put into words how I feel about this book better than I can, and right now I have tears in my eyes. Whether these tears are in fact out of sadness, or jealousy does not matter. The fact that you, like John Green, have the talent to reduce me to tears is a gift. It pains me to write this, as I wish this could be said for me, but it cannot, I hope you continue writing, for if you were to ever write books, I sure as hell would read them.
Best regards,
L.

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Andrea July 18, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Hey John,
I am currently doing a grade 11 english new credit course during the summer to get ahead, and I’d like to let you know, I have the pleasure of doing my ISP (Independent Student Project) on … guess who? YOU. BEST PROJECT EVER. Although it’s really hard to describe your personality in more than one word (nerdy).
From your fellow nerdfighter in Toronto. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE VISIT (reason why I’m mentioning the location…just so you get the hint…)

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Alexandra July 20, 2012 at 1:24 am

Dear John,
I can’t begin to tell you what your books have done for me. I am currently reading The Fault in our Stars and it only continues to astound me how powerful your writing can be. Both of my best friends suffered from cancer. Reading this book has been life and perspective changing for me. Your work has made me realize some of the thoughts and feelings my friends have been forced through in their recent years of treatment. Your work is simply outstanding. I can’t thank you enough. I can’t wait to be entrapped by more of your literary brilliance.

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Jonathan Carlin July 21, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Dear John,

When I started watching vlogbrothers I dont think I ever considered how much it was going to change the rest of my life. You guys have been a part of my daily life for a couple of years now. I’ve read all of your books (Abundance of Katherines is my favorite) and my brother Ben and I have also started a year long conversation on the Youtube (Super Carlin Brothers). We just wrapped up the first month and the experience has been challenging, rewarding and just fun overall.

Thank you for everything.

J. Carlin

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Lauren July 23, 2012 at 4:15 am

John Green,

You have left this hollowness inside me like many other authors have done in the past. But for some reason this time it feels worse, as if I was actually Hazel Grace and this was my story. It touched me where no other book has. This book is like my AIA, although I cannot connect to the book in the way Hazel did to AIA. So I would just like to say thank you for sharing with me a slice of your vivid, and quite frankly, amazing mind.

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Squid July 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Thank you for being one of those people who knows what it’s like to be a teenager who’s friend died.
I apologize for the grammar there; I don’t think it’s right.
DFTBA

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Lara July 25, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Dear John,
I would just like to be the cliché fan and thank you for writing your books and making videos and being you! You have no idea how much you have done for me. My life (So far) has been a dark, twisting rollercoaster and I haven’t been properly happy in months and months. But when I read your books, or watch your videos, I feel as though things will be okay again. You inspire me to write stories, something that I’ve stopped myself from doing since I was really young because I wanted to fit in. You and Hank have made me realise that I have to be myself to be truly accepted. My mental state isn’t the best, and I’ve just gotten over self harm, but from the minute I discovered you guys 3/4 years ago you have been constants in my life, slowly pulling me out of the state I’m in.
As Hazel Grace said
“My third best friend was an author who did not know I existed.”
Perhaps you will read my message, and know I exist. Probably not.
Thank you for everything. DFTBA.
L

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Rosie July 27, 2012 at 6:46 am

Dearest John,

At 2 o’clock this morning, I finished reading The Fault in Our Stars. I had been lent it by a friend, and consequently I think I will owe him something very important (and impossible to repay) for the rest of our lives. Your writing and the oh-so-real people you have created have made me feel like – as Hazel Grace would say – you are my best friend. Although, perhaps, a message to take from The Fault In Our Stars is Don’t Idolize The Author of Your Favorite Book, I’m afraid I can’t help it. It made me want to tell you everything about my life (although I won’t, as this would be boring and weird) because, as you have made it abundantly and incontrovertibly clear, no-one understands humans like you do.

Thank you for existing and for creating Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters.

I think you are marvelous.

Rosie.

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Christina July 27, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Thank you for teaching me so much about life. You are truly incredible.

Christina.

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Bas Dekker July 29, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Hello John,

It’s 0.30 when i’m writing this, I just came home from my vacation and was catching up on all my youtube subscriptions when I saw your Treadmill desk video. All of a sudden, i found out that you are the author of one of my favourite books of my youth! (that sentence might have had too many ‘of’s).
I live in Holland and when i turned 12 (might also have been 13) my mum gave me ‘Looking for Alaska’ or as it’s called in Dutch: ‘Het grote misschien’ (which, in it’s turn translates into: “the big maybe”) for my birthday. I read it and loved every page. The characters really inspired me! I read it again some years later and loved it even more! Till this day, i still remember it and think about it on a monthly basis (which, for a book, is quite a lot in my opinion). I don’t know exactly how to describe it, but it has quite a bit of emotional value for me. It’s just rather brilliant.
I’ve been watching the vlogbrothers videos for quite some time but never realised that you are the writer of this masterpiece that sits on my bookshelve until this very day! I wanted to thank you for writing it, and for making all your awesome video’s, which i will watch with even greater pleasure from now on.

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Chisty July 30, 2012 at 1:54 am

You are my idol. Your books bring me into a world that I could’ve never possibly thought of, each one carries sometime of joy for me and probably for others too. Looking for Alaska made me think about everything that goes on in life, Alaska is the person that you wish you could be. But when she died it made her seem even more impossible, her flaws making her even more perfect. Paper towns I probably highlighted at least 15 quotes that made my head tick.
The fault in the stars was just amazing. It made me laugh and cry and just had me do focused inside a different world that when I finished, I was sad I did. That book meant the world to me. And an abundance of Katherine’s just made me smile. Thank you for these little books that I think of gifts because I truly cherish them. Most books today in the teen area are just paranormal romances that are wannabes of twilight or new world/sci-fi books that are wannabes of the hunger games. I only have five favorite books and four of those are your books. My other is Divergent by Veronica Roth. I will be soon starting will grayson will grayson and I will probably have six favorite books. They all inspire me and so do you.

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Amy August 3, 2012 at 8:20 am

Dear John Green
I want to thank you for the wonderful book that is The Fault in Our Stars. It made me laugh, cry and look at the world in a different perspective. In otherwords, it is my version of Hazel’s AIA. Even though I do not have cancer, I have close family members with cancer. And (with lack of better words) it sucks. Having a person(s) you love being torn away from you and launched into the unknown (or capital S Something as Augustus describes it) feels like, a small part of you is also launched into the same unknown.
(I’ll just apologize in advance, I have many thoughts, but I cannot pull them together clearly. Like Augustus. I also, have horrible spelling. So I am sorry for any typos, although I hope they’ll be funny so you can get a good laugh out of it)
I have also read Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska and felt a connectiveness to them and you (I hope that didn’t sound as creepy as it did in my mind). The way you write something so… touching and tear-jerking is amazing. I felt like I knew you somehow, or, you knew me somehow. How you could explain things that I would find boring or uninteresting in a new way that would grab my attention. Like it was screaming “Read me, Read me!”
(I will also apologize for my poor similies, as I am not that good at relating one thing to another. But bear with me, a good one should pop up sooner or later)
But The Fault in Our Stars caught my attention the most. You see John, before I would enjoy walking into bookstores and looking at book covers and their descriptions but never bother to ever read them unless they were (lack of better word) mainstream.
(I’m going to wander off topic right now, I thought I should warn you beforehand)
I had some self estem issues so I feel like its nesisarry to catch up on everything people around my age is captavated by at the said moment. This way I wouldn’t be out of the said “loop”. But after I discovered the Vlogbrothers. You and Hank have taught me that it’s okay to be myself. My nerdy, awkward, ecsentric fangirly self. And I am actually proud of it. I had forrgotten to be awesome John, but thanks to you and Hank I will never forget. So thank, so very much.
Anyways, back on topic.
One day I was walking through my local bookstore when I saw TFiOS on the shelf. When I saw the cover, a lot of things sparked up into my mind. I was captavated by it, how simple but effective it was. So I bought it. And I will never regret that single impulsive moment I had in the middle of Coles (for you non-Canadians it’s a bookstore). That moment had also led me to buy LfA and PT (because they were the only other books that you have written in there).
Then that led me into an interest in writing. So as a young excited writer, thank you for everything you have done in the past few years.
John, when I read your books it was like putting glasses on. I saw everything the world had to offer differently.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you John Green. For sparking up my interest for learning, reading and decreasing world suck.
DFTBA John, and Hank (if he so happens to read this, which I doubt). I hope you two have, to quote Augustus: “You are going to live a good and long life filled with great and terrible moments that you cannot even imangine yet!”
I hope one day I can meet you two and thank you in person.
Amy
(Age 13)

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Danica August 3, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Hi John,
I never knew how to express my sorrow and frustration of being a cancer patient myself. When the fault in our stars came out, i bought a few copies and gave it to friends and family. it was a great way for them to understood me and hazel.
we have the same type of cancer.
Your talent is amazing. Im waiting for the next one.
You decrease world suck.

Thank you.

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Mark O'Dell August 9, 2012 at 1:56 am

Hey John I want to let you know how much your books have changed my point of view on life and how to relate like at my high school we had to kids Connor and jack drown on the Oregon coast and it was a great sadness forever but in the end I grew closer to the people I love and care about like in looking for Alaska and In TFIOS I realized that we all have dreams and wishes but the one true wish is that you don’t have to let go but in the end it’s what needs to be done John I love all of your books they have thought me lessons and helped me through some hard times I can’t thank you enough – a fan since the beginning Mark O’Dell

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Alex August 19, 2012 at 1:30 am

Your novel ‘The fault in our stars’ was simply amazing…I think you are one of the best writers that I have had the priuvledge of reading. Man oh man…I am buying all my friends your book because it is the type of novel that EVERYONE should read…!

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Theophilus August 23, 2012 at 4:04 pm

I love your books, more than any other pieces of literature I’ve read… ever. I fell in love with every single novel of yours that can possibly exist. And I’ve read them all over the past month. My favorite author ever!

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