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.
From the New York Times bestselling author, Paper Towns is soon to be a major motion picture (summer 2015) starring The Fault in our Stars sensation Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne. Quentin Jacobsen has always loved Margo Roth Spiegelman, for Margo (and her adventures) are the stuff of legend at their high school. So when she one day climbs through his window and summons him on an all-night road trip of revenge he cannot help but follow. But the next day Margo doesn't come to school and a week later she is still missing. Q soon learns that there are clues in her disappearance ...and they are for him. But as he gets deeper into the mystery - culminating in another awesome road trip across America - he becomes less sure of who and what he is looking for. Masterfully written by John Green, this is a thoughtful, insightful and hilarious coming-of-age story.
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.