#1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska
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About John Green
John Green is the New York Times–bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars, and his latest novel, Turtles All the Way Down. He is also the coauthor, with David Levithan, of Will Grayson, Will Grayson. He was the 2006 recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award, a 2009 Edgar Award winner, and has twice been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Green’s books have been published in more than 55 languages and over 24 million copies are in print.
Several of his books have been adapted for film, including Paper Towns and The Fault in Our Stars, both of which brought Green to an even larger audience of readers of all ages. In 2019, Hulu adapted Looking for Alaska as a limited series, and Netflix adapted Let It Snow.
In 2007, John Green and his brother, Hank, ceased textual communication and began to talk primarily through video blogs posted to YouTube. The videos spawned a community of people called “nerdfighters,” who fight for intellectualism and to decrease the overall worldwide level of suck. (Decreasing suck takes many forms: Nerdfighters have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight poverty in the developing world; they planted thousands of trees around the world in May 2010 to celebrate Hank’s 30th birthday; and they are currently fundraising to improve maternal health in Sierra Leone.)
Although they have long since resumed textual communication, John and Hank continue to upload three videos a week to their YouTube channel, vlogbrothers. Their videos have been viewed more than 800 million times, and their channel is one of the most popular in the history of online video. Green is also an active (if reluctant) Twitter user, with more than 4.6 million followers. On TikTok, where he posts as @literallyjohngreen, he has over 1.8 million followers.
John and Hank launched educational YouTube channel Crash Course in late 2011 with funding from YouTube’s original channel initiative. John, Hank, and a range of other hosts teach humanities and science courses to viewers, with multiple new series launching each year. World History, Literature, Economics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Government are just some of the courses available to date. Crash Course has over 10.7 million subscribers and 1.2 billion views. John and Hank are involved with a myriad of other video projects, including The Art Assignment, Ours Poetica, SciShow, hankgames, Eons and Healthcare Triage.
John Green also is the host of a podcast, The Anthropocene Reviewed, where he reviews different facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale. In 2021, he released a collection of personal essays adapted from the podcast. Also entitled The Anthropocene Reviewed, the book is a a deeply moving and insightful collection of personal essays that includes Green’s funny, complex, and detailed reviews of everything from the QWERTY keyboard and sunsets to Canada geese and Penguins of Madagascar.
John Green’s book reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review and Booklist, a wonderful book review journal where he worked as a publishing assistant and production editor while writing Looking for Alaska. Green grew up in Orlando, Florida, before attending Indian Springs School and then Kenyon College. He currently lives in Indianapolis with his family.
Praise for John Green
Praise for The Anthropocene Reviewed
The Anthropocene Reviewed somehow satisfies all the contradictory demands I have for a book right now: it stimulates my brain while getting me out of my head while taking me to faraway places while grounding me in the wonders of my everyday. I’m so glad it’s here. I need it.— Anna Sale, host of Death, Sex & Money and author of Let’s Talk About Hard Things
Praise for The Fault in Our Stars
A novel of life and death and the people caught in between, The Fault in Our Stars is John Green at his best. You laugh, you cry, and then you come back for more.— Markus Zusak, bestselling and Printz Honor–winning author of The Book Thief
You know, even as you begin the tale of their young romance, that the end will be 100 kinds of awful, not so much a vale as a brutal canyon of tears. . . . Green’s story of lovers who aren’t so much star-crossed as star-cursed leans on literature’s most durable assets: finely wrought language, beautifully drawn characters and a distinctive voice.— Frank Bruni, The New York Times
In its every aspect, this novel is a triumph.— Booklist
[Green] shows us true love—two teenagers helping and accepting each other through the most humiliating physical and emotional ordeals—and it is far more romantic than any sunset on the beach.— New York Times Book Review
John Green deftly mixes the profound and the quotidian in this tough, touching valentine to the human spirit.— The Washington Post
Hilarious and heartbreaking . . . reminds you that sometimes when life feels like it’s ending, it’s actually just beginning.— Parenting magazine
[Green’s] voice is so compulsively readable that it defies categorization. You will be thankful for the little infinity you spend inside this book.— NPR.org
Because we all need to feel first love again. . . . Sixteen-year-old Hazel faces terminal cancer with humor and pluck. But it isn’t until she meets Augustus in a support group that she understands how to love or live fully.— Oprah.com, a Best Book selection and one of “5 Books Every Woman Needs to Read Before Her Next Birthday”
A smarter, edgier Love Story for the Net Generation.— Family Circle
Remarkable . . . A pitch-perfect, elegiac comedy.— USA Today
A story about two incandescent kids who will live a long time in the minds of the readers who come to know them.— People
This is a book that breaks your heart—not by wearing it down, but by making it bigger until it bursts.— The Atlantic
Damn near genius . . . The Fault in Our Stars is a love story, one of the most genuine and moving ones in recent American fiction, but it’s also an existential tragedy of tremendous intelligence and courage and sadness.— Lev Grossman, TIME Magazine
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