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John Green Accidentally Stole A 13-Year-Old Girl's Quote

An honest mistake of misattribution, made right by the author.

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Author John Green is often attributed as the writer of the quotation, "I'm in love with cities I've never been to and people I've never met," which is credited to his book Paper Towns.

But in a new video on John Green's YouTube channel, he talks about finding out that the quote isn't even in his book and how the internet had led him to believe otherwise:

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Turns out it wasn't — the actual author of the quotation is Melody Truong, a fan of John Green who often posted his quotes on her Tumblr.

John is retroactively paying Melody royalties from sales of the poster.


"We do an epically bad job of acknowledging one another's work and checking our sources."

You can buy the "Cities I've Never Been To" poster here, now properly attributed to Melody Truong. Way to come clean in a classy manner, John Green!