Author’s Corner: John Green

Born:  14 August, 1977, in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A.

Early Life & Career

John Green was born to parents Mike and Sydney Green, in Indiana. Soon after, his family moved to Orlando, Florida. He attended Lake Highland Preparatory School for elementary and middle school. He has said that during this time, he was greatly bullied and his life was miserable. Later, John Green went to Indian Springs School, which he later used as a setting for his first book, Looking for Alaska.

After John Green graduated high school, he had a double major in English and Religious studies at Kenyon College, graduating in 2000. He then spent five months working at a children’s hospital while enrolled at University of Chicago Divinity School, as he intended to become a priest. But, while working at the hospital, he had a change in heart when he witnessed their life-threatening situations. John then decided to become an author, and lived in Chicago working for the book review journal, Booklist.

While there, John Green reviewed hundreds of books, particularly literary fiction and books about Islam or conjoined twins. He has also critiqued books for The New York Times Book Review and created original radio essays for NPR’s All Things Considered and WBEZ, Chicago’s public radio station. Green later lived in New York City for two years while his wife attended graduate school.


John Green ‘s first book, Looking for Alaska, was published by Dutton Children’s Books in 2005. The book was based off of his high school experience at Indian Springs School. In 2006, he won the Printz Award for how the book was “based entirely on it’s literary merit.” Later in 2006, John’s second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, debuted. It was the runner-up for the Printz Award in 2007, as well as a finalist for Los Angeles Times Book prize. In 2008, John’s third novel, Paper Towns, is released and later, is #5 on New York Times bestseller book list for children’s books. In 2009, Paper Towns receives the 2009 Edgar Award. Finally, his fourth and most commonly known novel, The Fault In Our Stars, is published in 2012. In days, it hits #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. In 2013, The Fault In Our Stars wins the Teen Book of the Year Award in the Children’s Choice Book Awards.

John Green has made a huge impact to teens around the world. His books have inspired  and helped teens through tough situations like love, death, and being heroic. Though John can be at times weird and berserk, he teaches in a way that kids understand, and never felt understood for.

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With fellow young adult authors Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle, Green collaborated on Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances (2008), which consists of three interconnected short stories, including Green’s “A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle“, each set in the same small town on Christmas Eve, during a massive snowstorm. In November 2009, that book reached Number 10 on The New York Times Best Seller list for paperback children’s books.

After this, John Green and his friend, young-adult writer David Levithan, collaborated on the novel Will Grayson, Will Grayson, which was published by Dutton in 2010. It was a runner-up (Honor Book) for two of the annual ALA awards, the Stonewall Book Award (for excellence in LGBT children’s and young adult literature), and the Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production.

On June 22nd, 2017, it was announced that John Green’s fifth solo novel would be entitled Turtles All The Way Down. The novel is to be released on October 10th.

Personal life

John Green lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife, Sarah Urist Green, whom he married on May 21, 2006. She worked as the Curator of Contemporary Art at Indianapolis Museum of Art before leaving to start The Art Assignment, a web series with PBS. In videos on the VlogBrothers channel, Sarah Green is referred to as “the Yeti” due to her not appearing visibly on camera. She made an appearance on YouTube in a Google Hangout video chat with President Obama, during which she and her husband asked the President whether they should name their unborn daughter Eleanor or Alice. They have two children, Henry and Alice, as well as a West Highland Terrier named “Willy.

John Green has stated that he is an Episcopalian Christian, but mentioned in the tenth episode of his podcast, Dear Hank & John, that he was married in a Catholic church. He has been an advocate for refugees, stating that “for those of you who share my faith, Jesus is awfully unambiguous about the poor, shelterless, and imprisoned“.

John Green is an avid fan of Liverpool F.C. of the Premier League and has publicly discussed English football. As of 2015, John is also a shorts and stand sponsor of English League One club AFC Wimbledon, of whom he is also a keen admirer. John has also stated that he is a casual supporter of his local American side Indy Eleven, and has been to some of their games.

John Green has obsessive-compulsive disorder and has discussed his struggles with mental illness extensively on YouTube.

Books by John Green

Title Publication Year
Looking for Alaska 2005
An Abundance of Katherines 2006
Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances – with Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle 2008
Paper Towns 2008
Will Grayson, Will Grayson – with David Levithan 2010
The Fault in Our Stars 2012
Turtles All the Way Down 2017


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