John Michael Green was born on August 24, 1977. He is an American author, YouTube content creator, podcaster, and philanthropist. His books have more than 50 million copies in print worldwide, including The Fault in Our Stars (2012), which is one of the best-selling books of all time. Green’s rapid rise to fame and idiosyncratic voice are credited with creating a major shift in the young adult fiction market. Aside from being a novelist, Green is well known for his work in online video, most notably his YouTube ventures with his brother Hank Green.
John Green Books in order
1. Looking for Alaska (2005)
Looking for Alaska is American author John Green‘s debut novel, published in March 2005 by Dutton Juvenile. Based on his time at Indian Springs School, Green wrote the novel as a result of his desire to create meaningful young adult fiction. The characters and events of the plot are grounded in Green’s life, while the story itself is fictional.
Looking for Alaska follows the novel’s main character and narrator Miles Halter, or “Pudge,” to boarding school where he goes to seek a “Great Perhaps,” the famous last words of François Rabelais. Throughout the ‘Before’ section of the novel, Miles and his friends Chip “The Colonel” Martin, Alaska Young, and Takumi Hikohito grow very close and the section culminates in Alaska’s death. In the second half of the novel, Miles and his friends work to discover the missing details of the night Alaska died. While struggling to reconcile Alaska’s death, Miles grapples with the last words of Simón Bolívar and the meaning of life, leaving the conclusion to these topics unresolved.
Looking for Alaska is a coming-of-age novel that touches on themes of meaning, grief, hope, and youth-adult relationships. The novel won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association, and led the association’s list of most-challenged books in 2015 due to profanity and a sexually explicit scene. Ultimately, it became the fourth-most challenged book in the United States between 2010 and 2019. Schools in Kentucky, Tennessee, and several other states have attempted to place bans on the book. In 2005, Paramount Pictures received the rights to produce a film adaptation of Looking for Alaska; however, the film failed to reach production. Looking for Alaska, a television miniseries, premiered as a Hulu Original on October 18, 2019.
2. An Abundance of Katherines (2006)
An Abundance of Katherines is a young adult novel by John Green. Released in 2006, it was a finalist for the Michael L. Printz Award. The novel includes an appendix by Daniel Biss, a close friend of Green, that explains some of the more complex equations used by the main character, Colin Singleton.
3. Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances (2008) – with Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle
Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances is a fix-up novel comprising three separate stories that intertwine with one another. It was released on 2 October 2008 through Speak. The stories are “The Jubilee Express” by Maureen Johnson, “A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle” by John Green, and “The Patron Saint of Pigs” by Lauren Myracle. The book follows three different teenagers as they experience a huge snow storm in the town of Gracetown during the Christmas season.
4. Paper Towns (2008)
Paper Towns is a novel written by John Green, primarily for an audience of young adults, and was published on October 16, 2008, by Dutton Books. The novel is about the coming-of-age of the protagonist, Quentin “Q” Jacobsen and his search for Margo Roth Spiegelman, his neighbor and childhood sweetheart. During his search, Quentin and his friends Ben, Radar, and Lacey discover information about Margo.
John Green drew inspiration for this book from his experience and knowledge of “paper towns” during a road journey through South Dakota. It debuted at number five on the New York Times bestseller list for children’s books and was awarded the 2009 Edgar Award for best young adult novel. A film adaptation was released on July 24, 2015.
5. Will Grayson, Will Grayson (2010) – with David Levithan
Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a novel by John Green and David Levithan, published in April 2010 by Dutton Juvenile. The book’s narrative is divided evenly between two boys named Will Grayson, with Green having written all of the chapters for one and Levithan having written the chapters for the other, presented in an alternating chapter fashion. One boy is referred to with a capitalized letter at the start of his name, while the other is referred to in all lower case letters. The novel debuted on The New York Times children’s best-seller list after its release and remained there for three weeks. It was the first LGBT-themed young adult novel to make it to that list.
6. The Fault in Our Stars (2012)
The Fault in Our Stars is a novel by John Green. It is his fourth solo novel, and sixth novel overall. It was published on January 10, 2012. The title is inspired by Act 1, Scene 2 of Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, in which the nobleman Cassius says to Brutus: “Men at some time were masters of their fates, / The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” The story is narrated by Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16-year-old girl with thyroid cancer that has affected her lungs. Hazel is forced by her parents to attend a support group where she subsequently meets and falls in love with 17-year-old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player, amputee, and survivor of osteosarcoma.
An American feature film adaptation of the same name as the novel directed by Josh Boone and starring Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat Wolff was released on June 6, 2014. A Hindi feature film adaptation of the novel, titled Dil Bechara, which was directed by Mukesh Chhabra and starring Sushant Singh Rajput, Sanjana Sanghi, Saswata Chatterjee, Swastika Mukherjee and Saif Ali Khan was released on July 24, 2020, on Disney+ Hotstar. Both the book and its American film adaptation enjoyed strong critical and commercial success.
7. This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl (2014) – Introduction only
Esther Grace Earl (August 3, 1994 – August 25, 2010) was an American author, internet vlogger, online personality and Nerdfighter, as well as an activist in the Harry Potter Alliance. Prior to her death from cancer in 2010, Earl befriended author John Green, who credited her for the inspiration to complete his bestselling 2012 novel The Fault in Our Stars. In 2014, Earl’s writings were compiled with her biography This Star Won’t Go Out, which appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for young adult books. Earl has been cited as an influential activist, with her family and online followers continuing to hold charity and fundraising events in her memory.
8. Turtles All the Way Down (2017)
Turtles All the Way Down is a young adult novel written by American author John Green. The novel was published on October 10, 2017 by Dutton Books. It is Green’s fifth solo novel, and his seventh overall. Its publication was announced during VidCon 2017, the online video conference co-founded by Green and his brother Hank. It was his first published work since his 2012 novel The Fault in Our Stars. The novel debuted at number 1 on the New York Times bestseller list in the category of “Young Adult Hardcover Books”. It stayed at the top of the list for 15 weeks and remained on the list for 62 weeks. In December 2017, Green announced that a film adaptation was in development, with filming beginning in April 2022 after years in development hell.
9. The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet (2021)
The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet was published by Dutton Penguin on May 18, 2021, Green’s first nonfiction book and sixth solo publication. The book features revised versions of many of the essays from the podcast, as well as new original essays, ordered chronologically through Green’s life to give the book the approximate structure of a memoir. Green wrote about living through the COVID-19 pandemic in many of the essays. He also narrated the audiobook, which was released simultaneously with the hardcover. In addition to the English version, translated versions were released in German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Dutch.
As he had done with many of his previous books, Green signed all 250,000 tip-in sheets of the first printing for the United States and Canada. He wrote a review of the experience on the final signed page. This review was later revised and expanded on for an episode of the podcast released on the same day as the book. Green hosted a virtual book tour, with guests Clint Smith, Latif Nasser, Sarah Urist Green, Hank Green, and Ashley C. Ford making appearances at the various shows.
In November 2021, John Green announced an accompanying zine sold through the Green brothers’ e-commerce store DFTBA.com. The zine is 20 pages long and contains reviews from John Green and Stan Muller, a poem by Rosianna Halse Rojas, and illustrations by Nadim Silverman.
In April 2022, the book was chosen to be the 2022 common read at the University of Mississippi. Green gave a keynote address at the university’s annual fall convocation.
How many John green Books are there?
There are total 22 book written by famous author John green. Out of which 9 books are main books, 4 books are of short stories and remaining 9 books are of other.
John green Books in Order of Release
1. Looking for Alaska — (2005)
2. An Abundance of Katherines — (2006)
3. Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances — (2008) – with Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle
4. Paper Towns — (2008)
5. Will Grayson, Will Grayson — (2010) – with David Levithan
6. The Fault in Our Stars — (2012)
7. This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl — (2014) – Introduction only
8. Turtles All the Way Down — (2017)
9. The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet — (2021)
1. “The Approximate Cost of Loving Caroline,” Twice Told: Original Stories Inspired by Original Artwork, illustrated by Scott Hunt (2006)
2. “The Great American Morp,” 21 Proms, edited by David Levithan and Daniel Ehrenhaft (2007)
3. “Freak the Geek,” Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd, edited by Holly Black (2009)
4. “Reasons,” What You Wish For: A Book for Darfur (2011)
1. Cocktail Party Cheat Sheets (2006), Mental Floss gift book for which Green served as an editor and contributor
2. Scatterbrained (2006), Mental Floss gift book for which Green served as an editor and contributor
3. What’s the Difference? (2006), Mental Floss gift book for which Green served as an editor and contributor
4. Thisisnottom (2009), an interactive novel hidden behind riddles.
5. Zombicorns (2010), an online Creative Commons licensed zombie novella.
6. The War for Banks Island (2012), a sequel to Zombicorns, released as a Project for Awesome donation perk.
7. The Sequel (2012), an unfinished novel, much of which was reworked into The Fault in Our Stars. The first 6,000 words were released as a Project for Awesome donation perk.
8. Space and The Cat and the Mouse (2013), stories released as Project for Awesome donation perks
9. An Imperial Affliction (2014), extracts used as a prop in the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars and later released as a Project for Awesome donation perk.
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