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John Michael Green is an American author and a #1 New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars, and Turtles All the Way Down.

Born on August 24 in Indianapolis, Indiana, he attended Glenridge Middle School and Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando before later joining Indian Springs School just outside of Birmingham, Alabama where he graduated in 1995.

Indian Springs inspired him so much that it formed the main setting of his first book, Looking for Alaska.

His books, which have been published in more than 55 languages, have sold over 24 million printed copies across the globe.

John is also an active vlogger, producer and educator who enjoys an active Twitter following of more than 5 million followers.

More about John Green

Genre: Young Adult

Born: 1977


Non Series

  • Looking for Alaska (2005)
  • An Abundance of Katherines (2006)
  • Paper Towns (2008)
  • Will Grayson Will Grayson (2010)
  • The Fault in Our Stars (2012)
  • Turtles All the Way Down (2017)


  1. The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet (2021)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Looking for Alaska

Miles Halter is not only captivated by famous last words but he is also tired of his safe life at home.

On a mission to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais infamously termed as the “Great Perhaps”, he joins a boarding school. A lot waits for him at Culver Creek; none more so than Alaska Young.

Smart, witty and sexy, she will unequivocally launch Miles into the Great Perhaps.

Published in over 30 languages, Looking for Alaska is taught in several high school and college curricula.

The book won the illustrious Michael L. Printz Award in 2006.

Author: John Green
First Release: 2005
ISBN: 978-0142402511
Publisher: Penguin Books
An Abundance of Katherines

Like it or not, everyone has a type when it comes to relationships, and Colin Singleton isn’t any different. He amusingly has a "thing" for girls named Katherine and has dated, and been dumped, by a stunning 19 Katherines!

The anagram-obsessed and ineffective child prodigy decides to go on a road trip with Hassan—his overweight friend who happens to be a sucker for Judge Judy.

Equipped will a cool 10,000 dollars, Colin is on a quest to prove a mathematical theorem he believes will predict the future of any relationship and hopefully win over the heart of the girl.

An Abundance of Katherines was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Honor book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. It was also among the books of the year by Booklist, Horn Book and Kirkus.

Author: John Green
First Release: 2006
ISBN: 978-0142410707
Publisher: Penguin Books
Paper Towns

Quentin Jacobsen has spent much of his lie fantasizing about the gloriously adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman.

That's why he didn’t hesitate when she opened a window and climbed back into his life; all the while dressed like a ninja summoning him for an ingenious revenge mission.

When their night of adventure ends, Q arrives at school only to find out that Margo has become a mystery.

Learning of several clues left for him, he walks down a disjoined path where the nearer he gets, the less he sees of the girl he thought he knew.

Similar to other works by John Green, Paper Towns is taught in many high school and college curricular, and won the 2009 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery.

Its movie adaptation, starring Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne, was released in the summer of 2015.

Paper Towns
Director: Jake Schreier
Cast: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Austin Abrams, Justice Smith, Halston Sage, Jaz Sinclair
Author: John Green
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-0142414934
Publisher: Speak
Will Grayson Will Grayson

Two teenagers, both of whom are named Will Grayson, cross paths one cold night in an isolated corner of Chicago. Once their worlds collide, the Will Graysons find themselves taking on unprecedented paths that will lead to the production of the greatest high school musical in history.

Humorous, moving and thoroughly insightful, this collaborative work by John Green and David Levithan debuted at #3 as a bestseller in the New York Times list for children’s chapter books; becoming the first time a book starring gay characters appeared on the list.

Author: John Green
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-0142418475
Publisher: Speak
The Fault in Our Stars

Although Hazel had a tumor-shrinking medical miracle that added her a few years, her life has been anything but terminal.

But the story takes a beautiful plot twist when the 16-year-old girl—who has thyroid cancer that has affected her lungs—is forced to attend a support group by her parents.

It is there that she strikes a love chord with 17-year-old Augustus Waters; a former basketball player and amputee.

The Fault in Our Stars is the sixth book by John Green. The title of the book is inspired by Act 1, Scene 2 of Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, where the nobleman Cassius says to Brutus: "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings."
The Fault in Our Stars
Director: Josh Boone
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Willem Dafoe, Lotte Verbeek
Author: John Green
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0142424179
Publisher: Penguin Books
Turtles All the Way Down

Sixteen-year-old Aza had no intentions of pursuing the mystery.

When fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett promises a cash reward of a hundred-thousand-dollar, Daisy—Aza’s closet and most daring friend, is anxious to investigate.

Side by side, they navigate the short distance separating them from Davis—Russell Pickett’s son.

In everything she does, Ava is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student and even a good detective, while also being confined within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

Author: John Green
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0141346045
Publisher: Penguin UK


The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet

The Anthropocene is the current geologic age, in which humans have profoundly reshaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his groundbreaking podcast, bestselling author John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale—from the QWERTY keyboard and sunsets to Canada geese and Penguins of Madagascar.

Funny, complex, and rich with detail, the reviews chart the contradictions of contemporary humanity. As a species, we are both far too powerful and not nearly powerful enough, a paradox that came into sharp focus as we faced a global pandemic that both separated us and bound us together.

John Green’s gift for storytelling shines throughout this masterful collection. The Anthropocene Reviewed is a open-hearted exploration of the paths we forge and an unironic celebration of falling in love with the world.

Author: John Green
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-0593412428
Publisher: Diversified Publishing