John Green is the bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, and the phenomenally successful The Fault in Our Stars which was a Richard and Judy Spring 2013 Book Club review title and has now been adapted into a blockbusting film which reunites the stars of the film adaptation of Veronica Roth's Divergent Trilogy, Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. John also co-wrote Will Grayson, Will Grayson with David Levithan.
John was born in Indianapolis, USA and grew up in Orlando, Florida. He studied English and Religious Studies at Kenyon College, Ohio. After college John worked for a while in a children's hospital, which provided some of the inspiration for his novel The Fault in Our Stars.
While working for Booklist Magazine reviewing books, it eventually dawned on Green that he might be able to realise his dream of becoming an author himself. John's debut novel Looking for Alaska was published in 2005 and won the Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. Since then he has twice been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and his novel Paper Towns won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best YA (Young adult) Mystery. Green's books have been published in more than a dozen languages.
The Fault In Our Stars
Hazel Lancaster, a seventeen-year old girl, has terminal cancer. A tumour-shrinking medical miracle has bought her a few years, but ultimately her fate will remain the same as the thyroid cancer spreads to her lungs. Avoiding sentimentality and depressing connotations, the novel has an intelligent and sensitive style that is in part substantiated by the character of Augustus Waters. Hazel and Augustus first meet at a Cancer Kid Support Group. Augustus is a witty and charming young man who once suffered from osteosarcoma- a rare form of bone cancer. This beautiful plot twist completely rewrites Hazel’s story and accelerates her into a poignant and humorous love story. Their story takes them to Amsterdam in search of Peter Van Houten, the author of An Imperial Affliction and in line with the constant rollercoaster of emotions this story provides, Augustus notifies Hazel of some heartbreaking news that leads to both their worlds falling apart around them.
John Green talks to Richard and Judy
In this thought-provoking WHSmith exclusive interview, Richard and Judy introduce John Green who explains to viewers the societal influences that influenced The Fault in Our Stars.
Hazel, a 16 year old American girl, is diagnosed with terminal cancer and benefits from a drug therapy that buys her some time. Based on this information alone, the reader may understandably expect the book to be too sentimental. However, influenced in a social context that appreciates family values, comedy and the intellectual curiosity of the younger generation, Green should be commended for writing a book that is extremely affecting in the way that it is sad but hilarious. Watch the video and appreciate the extent Green acknowledges and appreciates those who had an impact on his life and how he allowed it to filter through into his writing.