John Green: Looking For Alaska And The Fault In Our Stars

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Kelly Orlando

Biographical Essay

John Green is one of America’s most famous modern-day authors known for his works such as Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars. Also famous for YouTube videos, Green is well-known for his educational online posts. He was one of the 100 most influential people in the world, according to Time magazine. Green won numerous awards for his writings including the Michael L. Printz Award with Looking for Alaska and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize under the category of the Innovators Award. Along with his brother, Hank Green, John launched the charity project, Project for Awesome in which YouTube users take two days to create videos for charities of their choosing, and they raised $483,446 in 2007 and $869,291 in 2013. Green is by far one of todays' most recognized and accomplished authors.
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His family moved to Michigan, Birmingham, Alabama, and lastly Orlando, Florida. He went to Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando and Indian Springs School outside of Birmingham, which inspired the setting for Looking for Alaska. Green graduated with a double major in English and Religion studies from Kenyon College in 2000. After graduating from college, John spent 5 months as a student chaplain in a children’s hospital while enrolled at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He planned on becoming an Episcopal priest, however his experience in the hospital, witnessing children with life-threatening diseases inspired him to become an author and to write The Fault in Our Stars. Green lived in Chicago for several years, where he worked for Booklist as a publishing assistant and production editor. Later, he lived in New York for 2 years while his wife attended graduate
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