Author John Green has written seven novels and five short stories, all in the young adult genre. At the age of 41, he has an undeniable ability to connect with teenagers, especially those who find themselves on the fringes of teen society. He and his brother, Hank Green, have built multiple businesses together, all of which proudly proclaim their founders as nerds, and all of which proudly support other nerds. John has largely built his success as a writer on his ability to be real and vulnerable with his teenage audience about experiences that aren't unique to any particular age bracket. One of those experiences is the struggle associated with mental health issues. In his Sunday appearance on 60 Minutes, Green talked about that struggle and much more.
John Greene is most widely known for his novel, The Fault in Our Stars, that was turned into a feature film. It was on bestselling lists for three years and deals with serious subjects like cancer and death. Although most teens can't relate specifically to those subjects, Green believes they can relate to the underlying themes of loss, grief, and pain.
Part of the secret to John Green's literary success has nothing to do with his writing. One of the businesses he runs with his brother, Hank, is a YouTube vlog, The Vlog Brothers. The audience for the vlog is the same as the audience for his books, and it's a way that allows him to connect with the people who read his books.