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About meI'm the author of the novels An Abundance of Katherines and Looking for Alaska.

About my libraryIt's weird. I guess the focus is on contemporary fiction for adults and teenagers, and then books about Christianity, Islam, and the Islamic world. I also challenge all librarythingers to surpass my collection of books about conjoined twins.

I should add that our librarything includes not the books we've read, but the books we currently own that are currently in our apartment.

GroupsNerdFighters Book Club, Read YA Lit


Real nameJohn Green

LocationNew York

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Member sinceFeb 26, 2007

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The Fault in our Stars. Our local library (a huge one) had a contest to determine the most votes for the "best" book of 2012 and your book won! Congratulations. Now I have to read it!
none of my libraries (I am a member of over 10) have paper towns. I am thinking of going and buying it but im broke. So perhaps I'll just sit in the corner of a book store and read it. But since Borders and Angus & Robersons closed down all I've got is a little old lady's book store and when I recomended Will Greyson, Will Greyson she hates me (I think she may be homophobic). But I'm going away will check all bookstores for it (fingers crossed).
Wish me luck Nerdfighteria :)
Finished tFiOS a few days ago. I've been meaning to read one of your books since i started watching the Vlogbrothers channel a few years ago and glad i finally got around to it. Hazel and Gus are two of the best drawn teens ive found in a book. The end had me in tears. Can't wait to read the others.
Me again... That failed... So anywho... It's called "Johannes Cabal the Necromancer" by Jonathon L Howard and it is the funniest thing I think I have ever read. I hope you read and enjoy.
Hey there,

Just watched the video in which you mentioned this site... Thank you so much. It has been an immense help.
Also, I'm going to attempt to share a book one nerdfighter to another. :p

Hello John. :D
Found out about you, Hank, and the Nerdfighters from a classmate a while ago.
I'm currently watching the Vlogbrothers videos on Youtube...thank you and your brother for making great content to watch!
I'm planning on reading your novels soon.
Best wishes to you and yours.
Hi John! One of the books we have in common is "That Book... of Perfectly Useless Information"! I didn't know anybody else even owned that book. :D Have a pleasant day.
You have an amazing collection. I wish to someday have a library that is as great as yours. I have read all your books. I am working on geektastic and cant wait for you to write more.
Relieve my curiosity: was the photograph of you on the back jacket of Paper Towns taken in front of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam? If not, what is the building? I'm feeling slightly like Quentin trying to track down an elusive friend...
You say that you collect books about conjoined twins, but are there not such twins in Katherine Dunn's *Geek Love*? I do not see that title on our "shared books" list. Are there conjoined twins in Montaigne's Essays? (I think it's possible).
Am enjoying Paper Towns. For a YA book it's taking me a long time to read. Interesting.
Hello John.
I have to say you are a spectacular author and you inspire me so much. Your books are all very intellectual and down to earth, they're simply extraordinary. As you have probably already assumed from my username I happen to love 'Looking for Alaska' it is one of my favourite books ever, I have read it over and over so many times I feel sorry for my now rather tatty book. I am hoping, as it appears papertowns is being published over here (England)in 213 days - according to the waterstones website - that perhaps, if this is so - and I hope it is - that you might consider doing a book tour over here sometime.
I don't know if you return comments, or even go on anymore, but it would be great to hear from you.
Yours, Laura.
Hello John!
I made a booklist this summer and your three novels were on the top of the list. I have just completed "Paper Towns" which was quite wonderful as were your other two novels. Your books have given me much to think about and I quite enjoy how they can intwine within to each other, with the ideas which are presented in them.
Hey John, been a nerdfighter for, well, a while now. Found out about you and Hank through LT actually. Haven't read any of your books YET, but plan to. Hank is a musical genius btw. You both rock my sox. DFTBA man.
Thanks for putting LibraryThing into your videos... (that was how I heard of it) It's an awesome website, so I'm glad I heard about it...
Your books are awesome! They're the type of books that my friends and I can talk about for hours, and we like to have books like that to read... also, that Christmas-y book you did with Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle was really good, I read that quickly because I couldn't put it down.
Thank you for writing such awesome books !!!
Hi John
I didn't know if you were aware that Abundance of Katherines is nominated on the high school level for the Young Reader's Choice Awards (Pacific Northwest Library Association). Loved the book, can't wait to read Paper Towns.
Hi John,

I recently finished the novel, The Girls, and noticed the challenge regarding conjoined twins on your profile. Although there were many characters in another excellent book I read, in Geek Love by Katherine Dunn conjoined twins were among the main characters. Perhaps you'd like to read that book and see if it fits in with your collection. :)


I just read and loved Paper Towns. :) I am excited to read more by you.

Just a quick note to let you know that my new novel, Dirty Little Angels, is now available. Thought you might like it since it's been compared to Larry Brown, whom I noticed you like. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:

Take care,

I am in the process of posting book reviews by my students on my librarythings page(I'm an 8th grade English teacher). You might enjoy their reviews of your books. They love all three (as do I)!
Oh, quick question!
When I bought Paper Towns, I sat on the floor in Target for at least ten minutes deciding whether to buy the yellow cover or the blue-tinted cover. I ended up going with the blue-tint (ever the gloom monger I am) but I was wondering what the purpose of the two contrasting covers was?


You are my favorite author....ever!
Basically, that is my way of saying that I will leave you very many seemingly obsessive comments.

Hello, I just wanted to say that YOU ARE A GOD!!!(*sigh* and I said I wasn't going to embarrass myself)!!! No, really, I've vastly enjoyed everything I have read by you.

I adored An Abundance of Katherines. It is probably one of the most funniest most intelligent book I've ever read. I read it a few month ago, and "Sitsplinkering" (sorry, I have no idea how its really pronounced or spelled) has been a part of my everyday vocabulary since. I'm currently reading Looking for Alaska and I'm literally cracking up in the train, and at work, at home. I'm a mess.

I cannot rave enough about your books to everyone who will put up with it. Sorry, I'm probably just putting people off your books.

I can't wait to read Paper Towns!
I am a bookseller, and whenever I get a chance, I push all of your terrific titles. The customer response is always uniformly ecstatic. "Paper Towns" is getting great feedback, and we've already had to order more of the title to stock. I know at least two local teachers who have one of your books on their curriculum. Thank you so much for helping to convince more adults to read YA lit.
I just read (the Dutch translation of) An abundance of Katherines and enjoyed it very much. Thank you for writing it!
Thanks for stopping by Ann Arbor! I've been looking forward to it for weeks and I was not disappointed. You and your brother are an awesome team and you guys did a great job. Enjoy the last few days of your tour!
John - Just read "Looking for Alaska". Like everyone else who's read it... loved it. Fabulous. I'm telling everyone I know to read it. My friends (fellow Alaskans like myself) keep confusing it with Peter Jenkins' book about the PLACE Alaska (as opposed to the person). Go figure. Got "An Abundance of Katherines" on the TBR pile to read shortly.
Dear John... Thanks so much for plugging LibraryThing in your videos. My books were becoming a problem. It was so nice to get to see you IRL in Atlanta. I hope the rest of your tour goes well. Keep up the amazing writing!
i just wanted to let you know how incredible your books are, of course i'm sure you already knew that, but, they really made me think, and they were great

I'm coming to the paper towns tour stop at boston
and I cannot wait!
Wow! I loved Looking for Alaska. I wish this book had been out when I was a teen struggling with the death of a friend. I will make all my young charges read it!

-Soon-to-be School Media Specialist, Rebecca Roper
Dear John,

Hi from New Zealand! Just wanted to let you know that your wonderful novels have made it downunder, and that we love your writing. I'm running a session called 'Fabulous fiction for terrific teens' at a library conference in November, and will be sharing your books with the attendees. Unfortunately Paper
towns' October release date means that I wouldn't be able to get it to NZ in time for the conference, which is very disappointing - I so want to read it. Think I'll have to treat myself for Christmas!

Any chance you might make it to NZ? Or was that just a bit stalkery....

Hi, Mr. Green-

I just wanted to say that I thought An Abundance of Katherines was great. You've got a fantastic writing style, and really managed to find the different voices of your characters. I can't wait to find a copy of Looking for Alaska.

Hi, John!
I picked up a copy of Looking for Alaska at the bookshop last night, and can't wait to race through my current read, so that I can start yours! However, this is not my reason for commenting. My little brother, who is a video-game-obsessed twelve-year-old, has told me on multiple occasions that he hates to read. For a bookworm like me, it's hard to hear such a thing. But, after getting him into the Vlogbrothers videos (his favorite is the chin wax - painful!), I produced Looking for Alaska and flaunted the fact that "cool guys" such as yourself can also be readers.
Thanks, to both your and your brother. My own nerdfighter sibling has forsaken the Nintendo in exchange for your book!

PS - I've promised him a copy of Paper Towns, but since I've had little luck in getting an ARC from the Ning, when is the official release date? I'll have to satiate him with something like Captain Underpants until then. Ugh...
I was intrigued when we got "An Abundance of Katherines" on CD for our library, so I ran downstairs to our teen section and snagged a copy - good stuff!

(amy, filmandaudio's official book-enterer)
Your books are so amazing, I can't bare to return them to my local library! I guess when the library police comes to pry them from my fingers, I will buy a few copies of both Looking for Alaska and Katherines! I cannot wait for Paper Towns to come out!
When I read a really good piece of fiction, I often wonder about what books the author has read, and which ones he or she has really enjoyed. A pleasure to be able to find some answers in your Library. I am a very fussy reader, but you are an excellent writer and an interesting reader as well.
Thanks for introducing me to LibraryThing! Maybe this summer when I only have grad school (as opposed to work and grad school) I can put more books into the system.

Also - please disregard my question left in the comments for Monday's question Tuesday. I'm an idiot.

So glad to see you on LT. As a librarian for a high school, I'm always looking of the next great book to pass on. As I was reading Katherines, I thought, "I think I know this kid!" When I finished reading this great book, I handed it to the kid I had in mind and told him I thought he was starring in this book (minus the Jew-fro). Thanks for a great book!

Did you know Looking for Alaska is nominated for the Illinois Abraham Lincoln High School Book Award this year? If you win, I hope you will consider coming to the Illinois School Library Association's Conference, fall of 2009!

Keep 'em coming...
Looking for Alaska was by far the best audio I listened to last year. I was completely unprepared to like a young adult audio that much. I have An Abundance of Katherines on my to-read list now. Thanks for what you do!
I just finished Looking For Alaska.
Thanks for a wonderful, wonderful book!
I absolutely loved Looking For Alaska.
It was one of the best books I have ever read.
Just finished AAOK, loved it, you're 2 for 2 on top shelf tags. I'll be looking forward to Paper Towns!
hey john!
Just working on my list of books to read this year and I thought i'd check out your library for inspiration. (guess what? got plenty.) lol. I got very excited about some of the titles i saw on the list.
Also, i thought i should mention that although i often add "in my pants" to book titles, my brain absolutely could not stop itself from giving my hand the instruction to write down "everything that rises must also converge in my pants" as one fluid title. curses!
Hi John. I just wanted to say that I love Looking for Alaska (and Nerd Fighters!!!). Thanks for being so great.
Hi John,

I just finished your book _Looking For Alaska_. It had me laughing out loud and crying real tears. I loved it!

I'm now sending my copy of _Looking for Alaska_ on a world-wide journey to BookCrossing members in Germany, United Kingdom, Finland, and South Africa. I hope they will enjoy it as much as I did.

For sure, I'll be picking up a copy of An Abundance of Katherines. I'm glad I discovered how well you write!
i just read a book called "passages" by connie willis. she uses a lot of famous last words as quotes at the beginnings of her chapters. thought it may be of interest since i'm assuming that it's not just your character in "looking for alaska" who is fond of these quotations.
Ha! An Abundance of Katherines made me laugh this morning and I haven't received it from Amazon yet. Why, you ask? I haven't received it because of the holiday delays, and it made me laugh because the Key Phrases listed under your name are unexpectedly random: tampon strings, feral hog, Colin Singleton, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Krazy Keith (more...)

Now I'm very curious.
Happy 2008,
Hi John,

It's lovely to know that a book I am currently reading is by an LT author - you!

I received Looking For Alaska from an LT member as a Secret Santa gift this week. I'm really not that much into reading young adult novels, but I throughly enjoyed The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak this past year. After I read Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld and mentioned I liked reading life at about prep schools, someone on another list suggested that I read Looking for Alaska. I then promptly added it to my wish list. My Secret Santa found my wish, sent me the book - which I started reading right away, and just now found you here.

I'm really enjoying the book so far. I'm not sure what I'll do with it when I'm done, but I will definitely not keep it. I want to share it with other readers so they get a taste of your writing. Perhaps I'll start it on a Bookcrossing journey around the world as it's been quite a fun read so far.

I now see that YA books are not for only kids! Keep up the good work. I'll be looking for more of your books.

Have a safe and happy 2008!
I just wanted to chime in with praise for Looking for Alaska. You have an impressive way with the written word, and excellent recall for teenaged intensity. I enjoyed the many layers you wove together, and I won't soon forget your characters. When a book strikes a chord with me, it goes on the top shelf of my big bookcase. I just wanted to let you know that Looking for Alaska is in very good company. Thanks for all the awesome,

I went to wooster and graduated your year. Had some friends at Kenyon. I'm a high school librarian in Ketchikan, Alaska, and was pretty psyched when I read your bio.

Way to go brother! Keep up the great writing.

David Miller
hi john!

glad you're here. am a big fan of your books (and yes, including the mental_floss volumes) and it's nice to know we share about 30 books here in LT. (this is a bit embarrassing, but at some point early this year, pudge and colin hogged the number-one spot in my list of literary crushes. hahaha...)

by the way, i'm giving away copies of Alaska and Katherines to both young adults and adults this christmas. :)

happy holidays!

Hey John!

Thanks for getting me interested in librarything and realising I actually do have an account.
And thanks for the awesome tour of your library on youtube. It has inspired me to work towards a library of at least that size. I have a LONG way to go.

I also must read your books. I had heard of them but didn't look into them until now.

Keep up the awesome youtube work and may we all remain nerdfighters.
Having enjoyed "Looking for Alaska," I recently read "An Abundance of Katherines." I was not disappointed. Keep writing awesome books!
happy birthday john! hope it's made of awesome!
I just happened upon your profile via your review of Mortification.... and when looking at the books you had written I realized who you were! I love your Brotherhood 2.0 videos! Especially thr video about your library :D
John, I'm a Brotherhood 2.0 latecomer and a lifelong Nerdfighter -- little did I know we had a cool name!

Thank you for turning me on to LibraryThing (via one of your videos).

Grateful as I am, I have to swear at you just a little bit. How many hours of sleep have you cost me?! Up until 2:30am feverishly entering ISBNs! Googling to the ends of the Internetsss for missing cover art! Okay, I admit, that's not your fault, that's the Chuck-getting-obsessive-over-a-new-toy thing again. Such things usually even out after a couple of weeks, so don't worry about me falling asleep at the wheel or anything. All I have to do now is face the extent of my new LibraryThing obsession, as in ... once I've got all the books in the house entered am I going to go out to the garage and deal with all the books in boxes that we currently don't have room for in the house? Oh dear.

Thanks though, honestly. :)
I really enjoy your books as well as following Brotherhood 2.0!

-just another librarian nerdfighter
Just wanted to let you know that I found LibraryThing from listening to your video blogs on Brotherhood 2.0, and I love it! My mom thinks I'm crazy for watching your videos, but nothing can stop a nerdfighter!! Looking for Alaska was incredible, and I recommended it to a friend who also really enjoyed it. Keep up the great writing, please!
I saw that we share an interest in boxing. I thought you might get a kick out of my book Virgin Gloves. It's unlike any boxing book you've ever read, I can guarantee it. It's viewable at Suburban
Hi John!

The funny thing is, I didn't even notice when you mentioned LibraryThing on Brotherhood 2.0, but I recently found it anyway. Fate? Maybe. Just wanted to let you know that I love your books and Brotherhood 2.0 is awesome! Go nerdfighters!
Hello John!
I hope the packing is going well. I am not sure if you follow the Read YA Lit group, but this month we are discussing your book Looking for Alaska. It would be wonderful if you had a chance to join in the discussion.
Hi John,

I have not read your novels yet, but I am buying one today. Do you consider yourself more of a young adult writer or a writer of adult fiction?
Hi John,

Welcome to library thing! I've enjoyed both your books and am entertained nightly by Brotherhood 2.0. I'm wondering if you would explain why you classify Looking for Alaska as Christian fiction.

Apologies for the tardiness of my response. I don't check LT daily.

Other, with respect, that I would possibly kill anyone who tried to call me Jon (a fine name, but not mine own), your point is of course taken. Such coincidences are always a pleasure. I wonder which edn of FLW you have. The first appeared with a very marginal outfit called Omnibus Press in 1979, then it was picked up by Pan, and now my former Pan editor who long since went out on her own, occasionally does reprints (these are what they call 'lavishly illustrated'. Well, there are pix.) I'm glad it remains useful. Small piece of info, which I hope you haven't suffered in offering your own flw: the first of the illustrated reprints (with lots more last wds than the original) came out the pub. date had the misfortune to coincide with the demise of Princess Diana. Or possibly the funeral. Anyway, pretty much every shop promptly cancelled their order. Hey-ho. And of course once one has dipped a toe in such terminal quotes, one cannot avoid wondering, or I can't: what shall I come up with....


Ooh, you're another of those awesome writers who LibraryThing! It's very cool when that happens (although it induces a somewhat stalker-ish feeling). I have only read your "Looking for Alaska," but I very much enjoyed it. I'll look for your other book.
Hi John!

Thanks for commenting on my profile! I went sort of nuts, because, well... something like that's never really happened to me! Yeah, I named my profile after Alaska because she's my favorite female book character, and I got LibraryThing from Brotherhood 2.0 (which is very amusing, by the way!)

Well, thanks for making my week... It's been very crappy, my mother having been diagnosed with cancer, my parents have been on the verge of divorce, and I've been to the psychologist for depression and bipolar. It seems that immersing myself into my music and books is the only thing keeping me from going absolutely crazy.

I love your books! Keep writing!

Hi, John,
I'm glad you found LibraryThing! It's been a pleasureable time-drainer for me for a while, now. We share about 30 books, but they mostly seem to be classics! I was expecting to see more YA stuff on our shared list, but I guess we've been reading different YA books. Although I have been trying to catalog all the books I've read (it's easier going forward than backward), and you gave the impression that you're cataloging only books you own. In any event, have fun with this amazing program!
Get the author badge, John. It'll make you feel really special. I have one!

Welcome to LibaryThing! I got so excited when you mentioned it on Brotherhood 2.0, having also lost many hours of sleep getting my books on here myself...and then getting friends to do the same. It's an addiction. I commented on Hank's bookPILES entry, cheering him and asking about your book storage; thanks for the vlogged perusal of the bookshelves, but I actually contemplated recommending LibraryThing to you. That thought didn't make it to the screen because, really, that's a lot of work! And I know you are very busy meeting up with all those other cool YA authors in NY to write and drink coffee and antagonize each other.

So this is a sort of thank you, because now I can stop squinting at the spines behind your head.

By the way, I've read both your books, enjoyed them immensely and am looking forward to number three.

Did you know you can get an Awesome Yellow Badge of Authorness on your page?

Good luck!
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