John Green

New York Times Best Selling Author

“I enjoy writing about people falling in love, probably because I think the first time you fall in love is the first time that you have to figure out how you're going to orient your life. What are you going to value? What's going to be most important to you? And I think that's really interesting to write about.”

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Early Life

John Green was born on August 24th, 1977. He grew up in Orlando, Florida but also a little bit in Birmingham, Alabama. In school, he was a slacker. "I was a crap student: I didn't read; I didn't participate; I didn't turn in papers, or when I did, it was embarrassingly obvious I hadn't read the books," Green says. "I also skipped class a lot. It was in the morning, and I didn't think very highly of morning classes." He attended Kenyon College, an art school in Ohio, where he graduated with a degree in English literature and religious studies.

Getting Involved

Green worked at a chaplain in a children's hospital before he start writing. His first book was 2005's Looking for Alaska, which is about a boy named Miles "Pudge" Halter, who leaves his home in Florida to attend Culver Creek, a boarding school near Birmingham, Alabama. Later, he wrote An Abundance of Katherines, in which a genius boy named Colin tries to make a mathematical theorem to help him understand why he has been dumped by 19 girls, all of them named Katherine. His third book was Paper Towns, and lastly, he wrote the famous The Fault in Our Stars, in which two high school students named Hazel and Augustus are struggling through cancer. These teenagers fall in love. One day, Hazel drags Augustus through Amsterdam to find the author of Hazel's favorite novel. This novel turned into a movie.

Choices and Results

Looking for Alaska, received an American Library Association's Michael L. Printz Award for best young adult novel. An Abundance of Katherines earned a Printz Honor. He received an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Paper Towns. In 2010, Green worked with author David Levithan and wrote Will Grayson, Will Grayson. It hit #3 on the New York Times best sellers list. The Fault in Our Stars hit #1 on the New York Times best sellers list and won a Children's Choice Book Award.

In His/Her Words

"I knew I liked writing from the time I was very young, so I don’t think I ever really decided to write. I just kinda kept writing, even when I didn’t show much potential. I never thought that I would be able to write for a living or anything, and I still don’t feel comfortable saying that, like, writing is my job. (And in many ways it isn’t. I have several jobs.)"


Green is a very well-known author now. He has influenced and inspired many people and he touches people's hearts with his emotional novels. His books mostly taught people about love.

Words for Him/Her

“Looking For Alaska' by John Green is a very great book. I feel like every teenage girl says John Green's 'Fault In Our Stars,' but 'Looking For Alaska' is better.” -Alessia Cara

“John Green was on the set of 'The Fault In Our Stars' the entire time, which is amazing! Wouldn't you want John Green on set the entire time?” -Gayle Forman

Annotated Bibiliography

1. "John Green." Authors and Artists for Young Adults. Vol. 82. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Biography in Context. Web. 4 May 2016.

This website gives me information on Green's early life.

2. "John Green" Gale Biography in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2011. Biography in Context. Web. 6 May 2016.

This is a picture of John Green. It shows me what he looks like.


This is Gayle Forman's quote. She talked about how amazing John Green would be on set of a movie.


Alessia Cara said that "Looking for Alaska" was better than "The Fault in Our Stars"


This is John Green's official website and tells me why he started to write books.

6. "John Green." The Writer's Directory. Detroit: St. James Press, 2015. Biography in Context: Web. 9 May 2016.

This biography tells me what jobs Green had before he started writing.

7. Hull, Nancy. "The Fault in Our Stars." The Christian Century 129.25 (2012): 24+ Biography in Context: Web. 9 May 2016

This is an academic journal that gives me a brief summary of 'The Fault in Our Stars".

8. Malone, Clare, and Amelia Thomson-Deveaux. "In the outsiders' club: the Fault In Our Stars writer John Green has built an avid Internet following with pep talks on how to be good." The American Prospect 25.4 (2014): 78+. Biography in Context: Web. 9 May 2016

This is an academic journal that tells me that The Fault in our Stars turned into a movie.


John Green's official website gives me information on things like where he lives/ lived and when he was born.

10."John Green." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2015. Biography in Context: Web. 9 May 2016

This website gives me a great summary on all of John Green's books.

Kylee Costa

Period 6