John Green Books: List of the Best Books for Teens

06 Nov 2015

When we think of modern young adult literature, John Green is the first name that comes to mind. His books for teens are incredibly insightful. His language is beautiful. And his characters are so beloved. Books by John Green aren’t just books for teens – they’re books for people who love books.

To celebrate this phenomenal author, we’ve compiled a list of all of the John Green books. Check it out – you may be missing one or two in your collection!

John Green Books: List as of Fall 2015

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The Fault in Our Stars

John Green

John Green’s most famous novel features Hazel Grace, a 16-year-old with a terminal cancer diagnosis. This story is peppered with tragedy, but it is one of love and life and kindred spirits. It’s a beautiful read.

Publication date: January 10, 2012
Movie: released in June 2014, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.
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Watch John Green read chapter one of The Fault in Our Stars:

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Paper Towns

John Green

Paper Towns has skyrocketed in popularity in the past year with the release of the Paper Towns movie. It follows the story of Q and Margo Roth Spiegelman – the girl he has loved from a distance forever. Young love is a strange and fluid thing, and Green explores that beauty and discovery in this compelling read.

Publication date: October 16, 2008
Movie: released in July 2015, starring Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff.

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Watch John Green talk about Paper Towns and Why Learning is Awesome:

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Looking for Alaska

John Green

John Green’s debut novel reads like a seasoned author’s best work. It deals with loss and suffering and the mentality of itchy feet, constantly seeking the ‘great perhaps.’

Publication date: August 14, 2008
Movie: currently in pre-production.

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Watch John Green talk about writing and the 10th anniversary of Looking for Alaska:

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An Abundance of Katherines

John Green

Child-prodigy Colin keeps getting dumped by girls named Katherine (19 of them, actually), and he’s on an intellectual mission to understand what that means for dumpees everywhere. An Abundance of Katherines mixes John Green’s signature humor with his notable ability to tackle tough subjects.

Publication date: August 14, 2008
Movie: optioned, but none (yet).

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Watch John Green talk about An Abundance of Katherines:

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson

John Green, David Levithan

John Green teamed up with David Levithan, another powerhouse YA author, for this compelling release about two people with the same name. It is told by alternating narrators in alternating chapters, and is a wonderful meeting of the minds. Green wrote the odd numbered chapters and Levithan wrote the even number chapters.

Publication date: April 6, 2010
Movie: none (yet).

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Watch John Green talk about and read from Will Grayson, Will Grayson:

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Taylor loves books with a heavy dose of absurdity, hilarity, and beautiful prose. She is a marketer, adventurer, nature-lover, Hufflepuff, wannabe world traveler, and advocate of laughter.