The Full List of John Green Books

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by CJ McDaniel // May 8  

Here is the complete list of books published by John Green, American author, producer, and Youtube content creator.

John Green is famous in the YA genre. The film adaptation of one of his novels, The Fault in Our Stars, became a worldwide box office success.

Who Is John Green?

Born on August 24, 1977, in Indianapolis, Indiana, John Green’s early education experience was partial to other social outsiders who get bullied. He attended Lake Highland Preparatory School and Indian Springs School and graduated university from Kenyon College, double majoring in Religious Studies and English. 

After graduating, Green became a student chaplain at a children’s hospital because he initially wanted to be an Episcopal priest. However, spending time with terminally-ill children pushed him to become a writer instead. He then worked afterward as a publishing assistant and critic for a book review journal called Bookist. 

Green published his first novel, Looking for Alaska, in 2005. Inspired by his experience at Indian Springs, it is a coming-of-age romance novel featuring the main character named Miles. It became an instant hit and was featured at the New York Times bestseller list for seven years. 

His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, also received internationally wide acclaim. Some of the awards it received include the runner-up position for the Printz Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize’s finalist stand. 

Paper Towns also became a hit in 2008, but Green’s ultimate success came when he published The Fault in Our Stars in 2012. The novel tells the story of a girl named Hazel, who has terminal lung cancer, and a boy named Augustus who also had cancer. 

According to Green, he specifically intended not to write a happy ending for the book, but instead put hope. His witty writing flow and clever philosophical approach in discussing sensitive subject matter such as grief and death earned him a lot of praise and recognition around the world. 

The film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars featuring Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodly premiered in June 2014. Aside from writing, Green is also known for his Youtube ventures. He and his brother Hank Green started the Vlogbrothers channel in 2007.

John Green Complete List of Books & Summary

Here is John Green’s list of books along with a short summary:

1) Gåden om Alaska – 2005 (First Book of John Green)

  • John Green books 1Book Summary: NOW A HULU LIMITED SERIES!
    The award-winning, genre-defining debut from John Green, the #1 bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down and The Fault in Our Stars
    Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award

    • A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
    • New York Times Bestseller
    • USA Today Bestseller
    • NPR’s Top Ten Best-Ever Teen Novels
    • TIME magazine’s 100 Best Young Adult Novels of All Time
    • A PBS Great American Read Selection
    • Millions of copies sold!First drink. First prank. First friend. First love.Last words.Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words—and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet François Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young, who will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. A modern classic, this stunning debut marked #1 bestselling author John Green’s arrival as a groundbreaking new voice in contemporary fiction.Newly updated edtition includes a brand-new Readers’ Guide featuring a Q&A with author John Green
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2) An Abundance of Katherines – 2006 (Second Book of John Green)

  • John Green books 2Book Summary: From the #1 bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down and The Fault in Our StarsMichael L. Printz Honor Book
    Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
    New York Times BestsellerWhen it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy–loving best friend riding shotgun—but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl. Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.
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3) Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances – 2008 (Third Book of John Green)

  • John Green books 3Book Summary: Now a Netflix Original Film!
    #1 New York Times bestsellerAn ill-timed storm on Christmas Eve buries the residents of Gracetown under multiple feet of snow and causes quite a bit of chaos. One brave soul ventures out into the storm from her stranded train, setting off a chain of events that will change quite a few lives. Over the next three days one girl takes a risky shortcut with an adorable stranger, three friends set out to win a race to the Waffle House (and the hash brown spoils), and the fate of a teacup pig falls into the hands of a lovesick barista.A trio of today’s bestselling authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—brings all the magic of the holidays to life in three hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and kisses that will steal your breath away.“A comedy as delicious as any whipped up by the Bard.” —Washington Post Book World
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4) Paper Towns – 2008 (Fourth Book of John Green)

  • John Green books 4Book Summary: From the #1 bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down and The Fault in Our Stars

    Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery
    #1 New York Times Bestseller
    USA Today Bestseller
    Publishers Weekly Bestseller
    Now a major motion picture. When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.Printz Medalist John Green returns with the trademark brilliant wit and heart-stopping emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of readers.
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5) Will Grayson, Will Grayson – 2010 (Fifth Book of John Green)

  • dean-111-scaledBook Summary: One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, Will Grayson crosses paths with . . . Will Grayson. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, and culminating in epic turns-of-heart and the most fabulous musical ever to grace the high school stage. Told in alternating voices from two YA superstars, this collaborative novel features a double helping of the heart and humor that have won them both legions of fans.
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6) What You Wish For: A Book for Darfur – 2011

  • dean-112Book Summary: A stellar collection from Newbery medalists and bestselling authors written to benefit Darfuri refugees
    With contributions from some of the best talent writing for children today, What You Wish For is a compelling collection of affecting, inspiring, creepy, and oft-times funny short stories and poems all linked by the universal power of a wish – the abstract things we all wish for – home, family, safety and love.From the exchange of letters between two girls who have never met but are both struggling with the unexpected curves of life, to the stunning sacrifice one dying girl makes for another, to the mermaid who trades her tail for legs, to the boy who unwittingly steals an imp’s house, and to the chilling retelling of Cinderella, What You Wish For brings together a potent international roster of authors of note to remember and celebrate the Darfuri refugees and their incredible story of survival and hope.
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7) The Fault in Our Stars – 2012 (Most Popular Book of John Green)

  • dean-113-scaledBook Summary: From John Green, the #1 bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down“The greatest romance story of this decade.” Entertainment Weekly-Millions of copies sold-

    #1 New York Times Bestseller

    #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
    #1 USA Today Bestseller
    #1 International BestsellerTIME Magazine’s #1 Fiction Book of 2012
    TODAY Book Club pick

    Now a Major Motion Picture

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars brilliantly explores the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
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8) Indy Writes Books: A Book Lover’s Anthology – 2014

  • dean-114Book Summary: Twenty-nine Indiana authors write about their love of books, bookstores, and reading. Proceeds from the book support Indianapolis adult literacy program, Indy Reads.The collection features bestselling authors John Green, Will Shortz, Dan Wakefield, Cathy Day and John David Anderson, Victoria Barrett, Frank Bill, Ray Boomhower, Mary Susan Buhner, Lorene Burkhart, Michael Dahlie, Cathy Day, Carol Faenzi, Terence Faherty, Lou Harry, Liza Hyatt, Angela Jackson-Brown, Lyn Jones, Jeff Knurek & David Hoyt, Karen Kovacik, Norbert Krapf, Bonnie Maurer, Susan Neville, Barb Shoup, Amy Sorrells, Gordon Strain & Dianne Moneypenny, Larry Sweazy, and Ben Winters. It was edited by M. Travis DiNicola and Zach Roth.Television variety shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show used to offer audiences a little of this and a little of that, introducing them to a range of styles in an unintimidating way, making it easy to shake off a dud while continuing to mine for gold. That is what a good anthology such as Indy Writes Books does as well.Lou Harry, Indianapolis Business JournalIndy Writes Books: A Book Lover’s Anthology. Published by Indy Reads Books and benefiting the adult-literacy nonprofit Indy Reads, the book features 27 authors, poets, and even puzzle-makers with significant Indiana connections. The publisher nailed the book’s physical appearance clever visual play on the cover makes it a handsome collection. But is it any good? Yes quite good, actually.Matt Gonzales, Indianapolis Monthly
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9) Turtles All the Way Down – 2017

  • dean-115Book Summary: THE INSTANT #1 BESTSELLER IS NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK!FEATURED ON 60 MINUTES and FRESH AIR“So surprising and moving and true that I became completely unstrung.” – The New York TimesNamed a best book of the year by: The New York Times, NPR, TIMEWall Street JournalBoston Globe, Entertainment WeeklySouthern LivingPublishers Weekly, BookPage, A.V. Club, Bustle, BuzzFeed, Vulture, and many more!JOHN GREEN, the acclaimed author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, returns with a story of shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.Aza Holmes never intended to pursue the disappearance of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Pickett’s son Davis.Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
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About the Author

CJ grew up admiring books. His family owned a small bookstore throughout his early childhood, and he would spend weekends flipping through book after book, always sure to read the ones that looked the most interesting. Not much has changed since then, except now some of those interesting books he picks off the shelf were designed by his company!