- Suffers from OCD
- Won the 2006 Printz Award for Looking for Alaska
- The Fault in Our Stars was number one on The New York Times Best Seller list in January 2012
- Graduated from Kenyon College in 2000 with a double major in English and Religious studies
- Intended to become an Episcopal priest, but his experiences of working in a hospital with children suffering from life-threatening illnesses inspired him to become an author
- He began his career working as a publishing assistant and production editor for Booklist, a book review journal in Chicago. Besides reviewing books, he created radio essays for Chicago's public radio station and NPR's All Things Considered
- He has a tumblr so he can connect/relate to the teenagers he writes about
- In 2007, he launched the VlogBrothers channel with his brother, Hank Green. Since then they have launched events such as Project for Awesome and VidCon and created a total of 11 online series, including Crash Course, an educational channel
- In 2014, he was included in Time magazine’s list of The 100 Most Influential People in the World
- He was rejected from an advanced writing course at Kenyon. “But it turned out to be immensely helpful,” he said, “because not getting into that class showed me that I wasn’t nearly talented enough to skate by on talent.”
The Fault In Our Stars is a book about a young teenage girl, Hazel, who has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. She attends a support group and while there she meets a boy named Augustus. He has had osteosarcoma but has recently had the all clear. Hazel and Augustus embark on a roller coaster ride of emotions, including love, sadness, and romance, while searching for the author of their favorite book. They travel to Amsterdam in search of the author and while they are there, Augustus tells Hazel that his cancer has come back and is even worse than before. Both their worlds fall apart. In the end, Augustus dies.
The Fault In Our Stars Summary
The Fault In Our Stars
- Inspired by a young woman, Esther Earl, who lost her battle with thyroid cancer
- He wanted to write about illness
- He wanted to show that people living with illness are also doing many other things
- He wanted to make a difference, he wanted to let people know his thoughts and opinions on certain topics in life
- "Walking out of the hospital in 2000, I knew I wanted to write a story about sick kids, but I was so angry, so furious with the world that these terrible things could happen, and they weren't even rare or uncommon, and I think in the end for the first ten years or so I never could write it because I was just too angry, and I wasn't able to capture the complexity of the world. I wanted the book to be funny. I wanted the book to be unsentimental. After meeting Esther, I felt very differently about whether a short life could be a rich life." (Goodreads - interview with John Green).
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- Bone sarcomas are among the tumors most commonly diagnosed in the adolescent and young adult population and have a peak incidence between 15 and 39 years
- If the disease is localized (has not spread to other areas of the body), the long-term survival rate is 70 to 75%. If osteosarcoma has already spread to the lungs or other bones at diagnosis, the long-term survival rate is about 30%
- Osteosarcoma is the most common type of bone cancer in children and teens
- This cancer arises most often in the wide ends of long bones, such as the femur and tibia in the upper and lower leg, and the humerus in the upper arm
- Females are more likely to get thyroid cancer
- Stage 4: In this stage, the tumor has spread into neck tissues under the skin, the trachea, esophagus, the larynx, or distant parts of the body such as the lungs or bones
- Only 21 percent of people diagnosed at this stage are alive after 10 years
Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery 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 Russell 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.
Turtles All The Way Down Summary
Turtles All The Way Down
- He wanted to share his personal struggle with OCD
- It was a way for him to connect with children who suffer from OCD
- He wanted to write about the relationships between parents and children
- He wanted to write a detective story about a detective whose brain disorder is unhelpful
- "One of the reasons I wanted to write this book was because I did feel very alone in [having OCD] for a long time," Green told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos. "I think that psychic pain can be tremendously isolating and that only compounds the hurt of it."
Turtles All The Way Down
Turtles All The Way Down Connections
- Millions of people are affected by OCD. Current estimates are that approximately 1 in 40 adults in the U.S. (about 2.3% of the population) and 1 in 100 children have this condition
- OCD is characterized by obsessions and compulsions that take up at least an hour a day – but usually longer – and cause significant distress
- The average age of onset is 19, with 25 percent of cases occurring by age 14. One-third of affected adults first experienced symptoms in childhood
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