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Looking For Alaska

by John Green

Penguin Young Reader Group | January 2, 2007 | Trade Paperback

Looking For Alaska is rated 4.5893 out of 5 by 56.
The award-winning, genre-defining debut from #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award
Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
New York Times bestseller

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .

After. Nothing is ever the same.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 in

Published: January 2, 2007

Publisher: Penguin Young Reader Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142402516

ISBN - 13: 9780142402511

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I just finished reading it and it is definitely one of the best books I've read! The life-like characters and the plot twists kept me on the edge of my seat. The only complaint is that I was disappointed that it ended!
Date published: 2014-12-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh. Not worth it. I borrowed this book from the library the other day; it only took me about three days to finish it. A friend had recommended it to me, and I have to say I was disappointed. Though it was well-written, the storyline lacked vibrance. The characters were all way too reckless (an inaccurate portrayal of teenagers, which is offensive) and the events were just predictable. I knew exactly what was going to happen; that made it boring. I don't see all the hype about it. That being said, I did like the background given on the characters. The dying quotes were interesting as well.
Date published: 2014-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hooked like a fish I read this in a little over a day, the writing is beautiful and the story plays out perfectly. The characters are all unique in their own ways and form the greatest group of semi-outcasts. Loved this and many more of John Green's books
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Over-Hyped Let me start off by saying, this isn't a bad book. Maybe I went in with my expectations too high. But after reading A Fault In Our Stars, I couldn't help but see so many similarities between the two that it felt as though I was just reading the same overall story in a different setting. If you haven't read A Fault In Our Stars, then I would definitely recommend reading this, but in my opinion, Looking For Alaska isn't the stronger of the two. I decided to buy this book after read so many positive reviews and how "life changing" it was. After finishing it, I didn't see what all the hype was about. It was an easy read, and the way the chapters are organized is neat and original ("XX days before", instead of "Chapter XX"), but I couldn't bring myself to like it as much as everyone else. The characters were decent, but I think my biggest annoyance was that I couldn't get everyone's fascination with Alaska in general. In my opinion, she's just made out to be so much greater than she actually is ("Alaska did this", "Alaska made that", "It's only because of Alaska that this happened", "That wouldn't be the same without Alaska".. you get my point). Miles is "falling" for her, but it's brought up more than once that she's difficult, and the guys get sick of her constant moodiness. The only reason why he likes her is apparently all to do with her appearance, and I guess because she likes literature and poetry. In my opinion, that's just lust, no real romance or love behind it. I found that there were a few things that the characters did that I thought were stupid, and I just couldn't justify their reasons for doing some of those things (but, they're young and dumb, so maybe that's why). Overall, I felt more detached from the characters than I would've liked, as though I was just reading the book out of curiosity about what happens next, but not because I absolutely had to, or that I cared enough about the characters. After about two thirds through the book (a little after "it" happens), I felt that I could probably put down the book at any time and stop reading the story. It was a bit of a slow read after that, and I can only actually remember only about two things that happened after. I found that one of the main differences between TFIOS and LFA was that, in the former, you were taken through the story alongside the main character; you felt her sorrow, joy, and her anger, and it was easy to connect to the characters. In the latter, you are going through the story with the main character, who is going through the struggles of another character; there's just too much separation from the raw emotion, for the most part (it could also be just me, maybe others can feel that connection to the story that I didn't). But other than that, this read like another TFIOS story; philosophical boy meets philosophical girl, they fall in love, something big happens, one character changes the other's life. If you want to read this, then I recommend reading it before you read TFIOS, and I hope you enjoy it more than I did. If you've read TFIOS, then I recommend skipping this one or borrowing it from a friend. Thanks for reading my review, sorry if it's all over the place, I just wrote it as I went :p
Date published: 2014-11-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Over-Hyped Let me start off by saying, this isn't a bad book. Maybe I went in with my expectations too high. But after reading A Fault In Our Stars, I couldn't help but see so many similarities between the two that it felt as though I was just reading the same overall story in a different setting. If you haven't read A Fault In Our Stars, then I would definitely recommend reading this, but in my opinion, Looking For Alaska isn't the stronger of the two. I decided to buy this book after read so many positive reviews and how "life changing" it was. After finishing it, I didn't see what all the hype was about. It was an easy read, and the way the chapters are organized is neat and original ("XX days before", instead of "Chapter XX"), but I couldn't bring myself to like it as much as everyone else. The characters were decent, but I think my biggest annoyance was that I couldn't get everyone's fascination with Alaska in general. In my opinion, she's just made out to be so much greater than she actually is ("Alaska did this", "Alaska made that", "It's only because of Alaska that this happened", "That wouldn't be the same without Alaska".. you get my point). Miles is "falling" for her, but it's brought up more than once that she's difficult, and the guys get sick of her constant moodiness. The only reason why he likes her is apparently all to do with her appearance, and I guess because she likes literature and poetry. In my opinion, that's just lust, no real romance or love behind it. I found that there were a few things that the characters did that I thought were stupid, and I just couldn't justify their reasons for doing some of those things (but, they're young and dumb, so maybe that's why). Overall, I felt more detached from the characters than I would've liked, as though I was just reading the book out of curiosity about what happens next, but not because I absolutely had to, or that I cared enough about the characters. After about two thirds through the book (a little after "it" happens), I felt that I could probably put down the book at any time and stop reading the story. It was a bit of a slow read after that, and I can only actually remember only about two things that happened after. I found that one of the main differences between TFIOS and LFA was that, in the former, you were taken through the story alongside the main character; you felt her sorrow, joy, and her anger, and it was easy to connect to the characters. In the latter, you are going through the story with the main character, who is going through the struggles of another character; there's just too much separation from the raw emotion, for the most part (it could also be just me, maybe others can feel that connection to the story that I didn't). But other than that, this read like another TFIOS story; philosophical boy meets philosophical girl, they fall in love, something big happens, one character changes the other's life. If you want to read this, then I recommend reading it before you read TFIOS, and I hope you enjoy it more than I did. If you've read TFIOS, then I recommend skipping this one or borrowing it from a friend. Thanks for reading my review, sorry if it's all over the place, I just wrote it as I went :p
Date published: 2014-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! This book was fantastic! I really loved all the ups and downs in this book... The witty dialogue made me laugh out loud:)
Date published: 2014-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from True YA I decided to read this book after adoring The Fault in Our Stars. I'm definitely not YA or the target audience, but that didn't seem to matter in TFIOS. That said, I found this book disappointing. It lacked all of the pithy dialogue I loved so much in the earlier novel. I also wasn't as drawn to these characters, even though they all suffer in their own ways. I would say skip this one, and pick up TFIOS instead.
Date published: 2014-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a personal favorite! Dare I say I liked this better than The Fault in our Stars?
Date published: 2014-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read This book had me hooked from the beginning. A great story of friendship, adventure, love and loss. Another great read by John Green!
Date published: 2014-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME BOOK! This was my second John Green book (after absolutely loving The Fault in our Stars), and it did NOT disappoint!!! I laughed, I cried, and just loved it! Very hard to put down - a stellar book!
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite John Green book This book is amazing. I cried and laughed when I read it. I absolutely adore the characters who are just so free; it makes me jealous. READ IT.
Date published: 2014-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I read this book a month ago, and it was perfect! If you liked The Fault In Our Stars, you'll definitely love this book! It's exhilarating, vigorous and hard to put down! Most importantly, it's realistic and easy to relate to! There's many ups and downs but I have nothing negative to say about the book!
Date published: 2014-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "How will I ever get out of this labyrinth?" I have so much to say about this books, but I feel like my words won't be able to express them. I had picked up Looking for Alaska after I had finished The Fault in Our Stars, my first thoughts towards the book were that it would be an adorable novel like The Fault in Our Stars was. I was completely wrong. With Looking for Alaska I found myself thinking about how many people are living in difficult situations and what they're going through or have been through. Maybe they're living in poverty or have addictions that they can't live with, situations like these are not a laughing matter. That goes the same with this book, while reading this I was forced to rethink about how I saw people. The thing with John Green's books are that no matter the topic for his books, they will somewhat change you. With The Fault in Our Stars it changed how I saw people living with cancer, instead of feeling bad for them I now see them living with strength and courage. In Looking for Alaska the was I saw people living in a labyrinth changed. I learnt even with help, family and friends some people just can't live in the labyrinth anymore and just have to find a way out. On a upside to Looking for Alaska I loved the subtile things that John would have here and there. Like the story of Alaska and her books. I've taken such an understanding to this that it shocks me. No matter how long we live our lives, there will always be books we haven't read and will never read. To think of this to me is just devastating, but we can still at least try. Looking for Alaska is emotionally conflicting read, it reaches out to it reader and makes them realize and see things they probably wouldn't have known without being in someone else's shoes or learning their story. I am glad I picked it up and look forward to my next John Green read.
Date published: 2014-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book is amazing. I honestly love it so much. I sobbed.
Date published: 2014-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING BOOK! This book was one of my favorites, definitely a good read !
Date published: 2014-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! This book was simply amazing! I couldn't put it down! It had so many good quotes in it and really made you think! I admit I did cry but then again...what good book doesn't make you cry? John Green is truly an amazing author! I recommend this book for sure :)
Date published: 2014-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I Got theirs book a few months ago because a friend strongly recommended to me so I just had to get it. This book was just amazing, it's the type of book where you can't put it down kind. I loved how the story was plotted. But just a warning for people who are planing to buy this there will be some course words (which I really liked), and a box of tissues for the near end because you will defiantly cry like I did. John green is a wonderful writer, I am NOT going to put spoilers in my review like some people do so all in all get the book and find it out your selfs in strongly recommend this book.  
Date published: 2014-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book I cannot begin to describe how lovely this book is.  It is one of my all time favourites for sure and definitely my favourite John Green book.  This book really pulls at your heartstrings and wrenches your emotions; I think it's truly impossible to not get caught up in the world of Culver Creek Boarding School.  I can ensure you now that this book will stay with you forever, it has certainly done so for me.
Date published: 2014-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT BOOK!!! Amazing book that takes you on a journey through romance. I recommend READING IT!!
Date published: 2013-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfection? I think yes. This books is absolutely amazing defiantly breathed life back into it's genre. While reading, i laughed, cried, gasped and felt so connected to the presented characters. Even the philosophical elements of the novel will have you reflecting upon your own life and the manner in which you overcome affliction. It was so hard to put this book down while reading, kept me interested from beginning to end! An amazing novel that i would recommend to anyone seeking a good read. One of my favorite books.
Date published: 2013-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Meaningful and wonderfully written I thoroughly enjoyed this novel although it lacked action and a "problem". But the words were so precisely chosen and I even highlighted quite a few nice quotes that I found while reading. AND I NEVER DID THAT BEFORE. I usually like action-packed books but somehow I kept being drawn to continue reading. John Green developed Alaska's character really well in the first half of the novel and during the second half, I missed her a lot. The many quotes I highlighted were very deep and meaningful. They make me think and ponder my beliefs and life. They make me think about aspects of life I've never thought about before. Like how to escape the labyrinth of suffering. Loved this book. I'd like to study it in more detail. But I'm also going to read the Fault in our Stars. :)
Date published: 2013-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely beautiful This book had been laying around the house, gathering dust when I happened to pick it up. I don't know. I just started reading. Soon I was meeting Pudge, and the Colonel, and sad, sweet Alaska, and I learned to love them for all their loves and faults. It's as if I actually knew the characters. John Green weaves a tale of what it's really like to be a teen, and he is so honest about it. I reccomend this book to anyone and everyone. READ IT!
Date published: 2013-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Unexpected Love! People kept recommending this book, and I really was not interested. It seemed very high schoolish for me. Since I graduated too many years I want to admit to strangers, I didn't want those high school stories about surviving in one piece, high school is long over for me. But people kept recommending so I thought I'd take a quick read through. I mean it does have a reward. The first chapter is distant, I couldn't connect to the book, I almost put it down but I thought, give it one more chapter. Once the main character moved into his new school and began making these interesting friends, I was hooked. I throughly enjoyed the honesty of the author. He didn't write a hollywood story where you think to yourself, wouldn't it be cool if life were like that. I found this novel refreshing. I was interested to know what the before/after titles were about and the author throws in a little bit of everything in this book. Alcohol, drugs, sex, friends, romance and even mystery. I am not sure I'd recommend this to young audiences as it portrays cigarettes and alcohol in a certain acceptable light, parents should read before giving this to their young adults. Anyone in high school would be more than ready to read about the issues brought up in the book. Great read, give it a chance!
Date published: 2013-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not bad, Not bad at all So I read the book in three days, but that's all in a night's work for an insomniac. It's not the great book everyone says it is, but it's a pretty good book. I liked Alaska, going by my track record she seems like the kind of girl I would go out with, thankfully without the ending. All in all not a bad book, if you got some time on your hands you should read this book.
Date published: 2013-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A remarkable book! "Looking For Alaska" is about a boy named Miles who enters his first year at Culver Creek Boarding School. It's there that his once boring life at home becomes quite exciting due to the people he meets and experiences he has. Miles goes through it all: meeting new people, studying really hard, pranking other students, smoking and drinking for the first time, talking about sex etc. It's also a place where he falls in love with the beautiful Alaska Young. She teaches him about love, art, poetry, books and generall what's "cool". Then something happens that Alaska hasn't prepared him for, and Miles has to navigate through it the best way he can. This is a story about a young boy coming into his own and venturing out of the safe "nest" of home, however it's also about a group of friends who, through a difficult time, develop compassion and respect for each other. This is possibly the most honest narrative of a 15 year old boy I have ever read, and I would compare the style similar to "Perks of Being a Wallflower." I'm an employee at Indigo BAY and BlOOR in Toronto, and this book is my staff pick. I encourage YOU to pick it up. This book will have you totally engaged with the characters and story, and then, at times, it will leave you completely breathless.
Date published: 2013-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I had so much pleasure reading this book! This is a total must read! Beatifuly written, the hole story is amazing. I've never felt much while reading books, but this book... WOW! You are missing out on a lot if you've haven't read it.
Date published: 2013-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, Touching, Forever Life Changing/Challenging.... I just finished reading this book ‘Looking for Alaska’ and basically it could have been labelled “Looking for Answers”, the characters in the book have so many questions, yet so few answers and I don’t know about you, but I’ve felt like that for a while. Though the book didn’t give any answers, it felt right. Think of this book like a security blanket. If you’re lost, or upset, confused as a child you hold your security blanket, or your teddy, or your favourite stuffed animal and you just feel better. This book is like that. I truly enjoyed this book and I can honestly say my review doesn’t give it justice. My review is also very vague, but I wanted it to read like poetry, like the book does, so I wrote it that way. This book has everything- you can only know what I mean by reading it, but it will bring about such raw emotions you forgot words could bring- laughter, tears, anger, hope, confusion….and most of all acceptance. I know acceptance isn’t an emotion, but if I had to choose one word/emotion/thing/place that this book brought me to it would be acceptance. Acceptance is based on my life as it currently is, maybe this book will bring you something else. Read it and find out, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Date published: 2013-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing. Beautiful. Inspiring. Real. Looking For Alaska is an amazing book that made me smile, laugh, cry, and appreciate my life and everything in it. There are many questions asked that make you wonder about life and the choices we make. The best part of the book was the writing. Ive heard a lot of great things about this book, which is why I bought it, and now I am definitly looking for more books by this author. John Green wrote Looking For Alaska beautifly, expressing each character and their feelings in an unspeakable way. The Before part really introduced me to Pudges character, but the After part answerd questions I came across about such things as the way Pudge and his friends think and act. The Before and After aspect of this book constantly kept me wondering what happened in which the Before and After parts were surrounding. Even though I had a guess-which turned out to be right-before reading this book, it still kept me wondering the event which takes place. Looking For Alaska is a great book which I, and most teenagers, can relate to, except for some parts I hope no one will ever experence. I love this book for that reason: It is relatable and real. The details and descriptions of the scenes, characters and events are incredible. There are questions that you ponder across when reading this book. Things that are not just stated word-for-word. If you read between the lines, you will find many different viwes and questions about life itself, and making decisions. I think this is the biggest thing which kept my head in this book, which kept me turning the pages. I absolutly love this book. It's not just about love, its about something bigger. Its about how you would deal with these situations, and about how we can get out of this labyrinth, also known as life.
Date published: 2012-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful. Beautifully written, timeless and touching. A completely life changing novel. Brought me to tears and to laughter. I would recommend this book for teens age 13+. Absolutely loved this novel. Again John Green has left me speechless and wanting more!
Date published: 2012-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written I love how it’s written. It’s interesting, mysterious, suspenseful but it’s not like a horror type of book. It’s beautifully written and anyone who has dealt with a death or suicide will find comfort in this book I think. It really hit home to me because Alaska reminds me soo much of myself its ridiculous. But yes, read it, it made me smile and cry and laugh and really feel, it’s worth the read.
Date published: 2012-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic with an edge of bittersweetness! Was this book good? YES! FOR SURE! Its not your typical romance story but it takes you through comical adventures teen romance and belly aching chapters. John Green writes a teen book with many twist and turn. THIS IS FOR SURE A PAGE TURNER!!!!
Date published: 2012-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An emotional ride! This this made me think about living in residence while going to University, with all the good and bad times. An excellent read for any road trip or relaxing afternoon.
Date published: 2012-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, wonderful read! (CONTAINS SPOILERS) Looking for Alaska was an amazing book. I really didn’t know what to expect when I started it – or when I picked it up. I needed a book with a place name in the title for one of my challenges and John Green’s book had good reviews, so I went from there. The book is about Miles who’s life hasn’t been anything spectacular. He doesn’t have any friends, he’s never had a girlfriend, and he’s really never experienced anything in life. His favourite thing is reading biographies to find out what a person’s last words were and in his reading he finds Francois Rabelais’s last words: “I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” For that reason, he decides to leave home to a Preparatory school called Culver Creek. His father also attended the school, knowing that it was famous for always pulling pranks throughout the year. Miles’ parents throw him a goodbye party – which only 2 people attend, not showing any interest at all (something Miles figured would happen – no surprise to him) – and then Miles is off. While at Culver Creek, his world is changed. He immediately becomes friends with Chip ‘The Colonel’ Martin, who gives Miles the nickname Pudge (an ironic name since Miles sounds to be built like a stick). From there, he meets the beautiful Alaska Young and falls in love with her. Finally having a life, having friends, even getting a girlfriend, Miles’ world seems greater than it ever has. And then something happens that changes it forever. … I would not have pegged this to be YA fiction because as I was reading it the characters just seemed so much older than high school kids, but YA or not, this book was amazing. Green has a knack for building something up and this is masterfully done via the layout of the book. We start with ‘Before’ and each part in this section is titled by how many days Before. As the reader, I knew something was up but I couldn’t pinpoint what it would be until the last few pages of Before. Next comes ‘After’, where the mood changes, but not too much. There isn’t an anticipation for anything since we’re in After, but as the reader I was intrigued the whole way through. Dealing with sadness, guilt, forgiveness, anger – all with humour sprinkled throughout – Green crafts a book that makes us, the readers, really think about what it means to be alive. Yes, there is drugs, smoking, sex, pranks, drinking, religion, etc. which may not be suitable for some teens (I’ve heard the book has been challenged due to this) but even with all the “bad stuff” there is plenty good in this book: love, friendship, trust, faith. Looking for Alaska reads very easily – though the subject matter changes throughout. The dialogue is fresh and funny – nothing seems forced – and the characters are believable and relatable. This is one book where I don’t want to give out any spoilers because it was just so well done. I ended it loving all the characters and am interested to check out more works by Green. Looking for Alaska made me think of Catcher in the Rye meets Into the Wild meets The Virgin Suicides. It was just a spectacular read!
Date published: 2012-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This was one of those books I just got hooked on right away. The characters are very real, and so interesting. Alaska is such a unique character and I actually felt horrible over some of the things that happened to her and her friends. I also think that the quote that was pretty much the basis of the book was a fantastic way to go about the book.
Date published: 2012-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and enchanting. This book has a permanent placing on my favourite books' shelf. It's an amazing read; as with all of John Green's books, it carries that range of emotion where some parts are heartbreaking, others heart-warming, and some just plain hilarious. The characters are so in-depth yet at the same time so real. You don't need to know their whole life story to get a feel for who they really are. The great thing about being human is that your personality is forever changing in the eyes of yourself and others, and so you experience the relationships of the characters through realistic ways. I love all of John Green's books, this one no exception. It's not the best book ever, and it's not my favourite of his, but it makes you think and makes you change perspective. And sometimes that's just enough.
Date published: 2012-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book. Green, gives us the story of a young outsider who is leaving home to go to a boarding school in search of the Great Beyond. What he finds is new friends, and the girl of his dreams, and many life lessons. This book is great, i read it in only four hours, i could not put it down. I would recommended to anyone from 13-30.
Date published: 2011-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking Once in a while you pick up a story... a story that you do not expect to change you or make any impact on your life. Unfortunately that is exactly what this novel does; It changes the way your perceive things from when you first picked up the novel to when you turned the last page. It allows you to fall in love and grow with the characters. You may, like me, cry laugh and experience the wonder that is this story. An amazing, beautiful read.
Date published: 2011-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read. First of all, let me just start off saying this is an AMAZING book. I read it and from the beginning to about the middle of the book, it's funny and smart and sometimes even awkward (In a funny sort of way). Then you get to the middle of the book and it is so sad (Not going to spoil anything) i'm a guy and I ALMOST cried. I absolutely love this book and would recommend it to almost anyone. (It does have some parts not suitable for younger kids but I'd say if your 13 you should be good to go.) 5/5.
Date published: 2011-02-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad at all. I bought this book having an idea of what would happen. I read a review for it that gave away the major plot aspects...which kind of ruined the suspense for me. Despite that, I bought the book anyway and I liked it. What I really found original was Mile's love of "famous last words". Throughout the story he mentions a lot famous people's last words...which I thought was great. Apparantly the author John Greene has an interest in "famous last words" so he incorporated it into Miles character. I think if I didn't read the review that spoiled the book for me I would have found it much more exciting. Unfortunatelyly I had of an idea what what was always around the corner. The syle of the book was neat. Every chapter is titled with the number of days before. For instance, the first chapter is titled "One-Hundred Thirty-Six Days Before". It keeps it up the suspense and makes you wonder "One-Hundred Thirty-Six Days Before WHAT?!" It's a good book. Not bad at all. There were a lot of quotes by the caracters that I really made me smile. I might even check out some other books by Green.
Date published: 2011-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easily the Best Book I Have Ever Read John Green's debut novel is destined to become a classic. His eloquence when he writes is astounding. Each word just seems to fall into place and creates the storytelling masterpiece we all know as ''Looking For Alaska''. You grow to love the three main characters, Miles ''Pudge'', Alaska and ''The Colonel'' and you can truly connect to them. This book will honestly leave you longing for more. If you loved this book, I strongly suggest reading ''Paper Towns'', also by John Green which is one of my all-time favorites. ''Thomas Edison's last words were 'It's very beautiful over there.' I don't know where there is, but I believe it's somewhere and I hope it's beautiful.''
Date published: 2010-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Looking For Alaska by John Green http://insubstanial.blogspot.com/2010/09/looking-for-alaska-by-john-green.html Blog for Book Reviews
Date published: 2010-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It made a male friend cry. As a female, I am always interested in glimpsing into the male pysche. That's was the driving factor as to why I bought this book. There are very few things in life that come on as strongly, but anything that can bring a man to tears is a ringing endorsment to if I've ever heard one.. I'm glad I decided to satisfy my curiousity. This book was funny, irreverent, sweet and , at some points, philosophical. An interesting coming of age story. And although it didn't make me cry, it's still highly recommended.
Date published: 2009-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looking For Alaska This was the best, book i've read all year. I couldn't stop reading it. At first i though it was just another stupid book that i was just reading for the heck of it. But this book blew me away. I've never read anything like it. A MUST READ
Date published: 2009-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Run and pick this one up right now! WOW! I can not praise this book enough. It left me competely speechless. This book is life changing, inspiring and will make you deeply think. You'll laugh and cry with the characters. I loved the concept of the labyrinth and all the other questions this book raises. This is a must read and is one of the best books I've read. I have great expectations from the talented John Green and can't wait to start on his other novels. Seriously go pick this one up!
Date published: 2009-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a highly recommended read this book is amazing, i would call it one of my favourite books i've read so far. I think that the complexity and excitement of the storyline really gets to you, i swear it does. I went back to school the next day after reading this book, complaining about my boring live. Although there is loss, it is a lighthearted book, cleverly written .. and definately taps into the mind of a teenager
Date published: 2009-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely fantastic You need to read this book. The characters are brilliant, the dialogues are funny, engaged and deep. The storyline is so, so damn complex and it is just a fabulous book. It will definately change your perspective of a lot of things. This book shows that we too often take things for granted and makes you hang on to the things and people you love in life. Go buy this book.
Date published: 2009-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Terrific! :) Alaska Young is a lively daring girl, and Miles is , well, the exact opposite. And it isn't long before they become great friends. Together they share laughs and memories that will never be forgotten. But this isn't an average story of friendship. This story contains a twist that will put you on the edge of your seats. Half way through the story you can't help but wonder if Alaska is a bit too daring. . . I recommend this book to everyone! And if you have already read it do you know any books that have a similar impact as this one? Meaning- realistic stories not like Twilight...I went through a long while thinking that somewhere out there , there was an Edward Cullen :P I just want a good book that you can relate too. Thanks XD
Date published: 2009-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A cute, fast read Looking for Alaska stars Miles, who after being a loner his whole life, decides to go to boarding school for the rest of his high school days. He wants more of an exciting life, and that's exactly what he gets. Upon meeting his roommate, Colonel, he is given the nickname Pudge. From then on him and Colonel become good friends. Through him, Pudge meets Alaska, who to him, is the most beautiful girl in the world. Together, along with a few other friends, they pull pranks on the rich kids dubbed "weekday warriors." They also get drunk, smoke too much and get into trouble by the Eagle. Everyone in this book has a nickname. There is a completely unexpected event in this book. I really didn't see it coming at all! Looking for Alaska is a cute story about a boy's crush on a girl, and how he goes on without her.
Date published: 2009-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review by Michelle Cody Independent Reading: Sharing Your Ideas April 22,2009 Looking for Alaska If there is one thing this novel taught me was how you discover one’s own self-image, your relationships, your values, your fears, you passion and overall, yourself. This novel follows the life of a boy named Miles Halter, a high school student who decides to go to the Alabaman boarding school. Miles is the type of chap who was not use to be being in a “gang” in the past. One he arrives at his new school he is introduced to his roommates, Chip (the colonel) has the charm and the brains. Thankfully for Miles he is soon involved with Chip’s group of friends and gets himself into very rebellious acts. Where the teenagers take part in smoking, drinking, and sex leading themselves into a lot of trouble. This doesn’t happen very fast later on they started to accept Miles to be apart of the group of friends. This group is very unique within with Chip the brains; Takumi the Japanese Kid; and Alaska the queen bee the most beautiful girl always in the room. It doesn’t take long for Miles to become head over heels with Alaska. Alaska is not only rebellious and beautiful but she is also smart and loves to read. Miles knows this because when sitting in her room Miles observes all the novels surrounding the area. “Her library filled her bookshelves and then overflowed into waist-high stocks of book everywhere, piled haphazardly the walls. If just one of them oved, I thought, the domino effect could engulf the three of us in an asphyxiating mass of literature.” The author though wrote this book in magnificent way because the book is divided into two parts the first part is called “before” and the second part is called “after”. This allows the reader to know a something very dramatic is going to happen. Also each chapter begins with a title for example: “eighty-nine days before”. I personally feel the author of this book (John Green) is truly an amazing writer to write a novel being told in first person about a sixteen year old boy and making it sound so touching yet compelling at the time. It is especially poignant to me, as a teenager, because I am able to relate to the trials and delight I face in my own life. Overall this is a great book for any teenager or young adult to read. I strongly recommend this novel because “it deals with what makes us human the problems, the triumphs, the decisions.”
Date published: 2009-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring! Looking For Alaska is one of my all-time favourite books. John Green showed how life can change instantly. I recommend this book to anyone!
Date published: 2009-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life altering this book along with the perks of being a wallflower truly changed the way i look at everything around me. it shows you how precious the small things in live are, and how devastating the big things can be. i recommend it to anyone with an open mind.
Date published: 2008-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greatest book ever! This is my favorite book of all time! If you havent read it yet, you HAVE to go out to Chapters and read it! It's about a boy who leaves his uneventful life behind to go to a boarding school. There he falls in love with a girl who shows him what life is really about.
Date published: 2008-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really great. I picked this book up because it was mentioned in Meg Cabot's blog as one of those books that is banned all the time. It is very sad that it is banned because it is an amazing book which just feels so real. There is sexual content, and some drinking and some drugs but not that much of anything compared to many books today. It is so well written. Pudge goes off to private school and meets Alaska - a gorgeous girl, who pulls pranks, and gets moody and that he adores. We know something happens but we don't know what. The first part of the book is so many days before for each chapter and the last part of the book is after. I really loved this book.
Date published: 2008-04-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This Could be a Great Movie I love picking something up off the shelf at the grocery store and finding a literary gem. My first thought actually was that this would make a great coming of age movie. Outside of that, I loved the way the story is written out as the Before and After, with a moment in time changing the way we see things. I also loved how the author tied in the famous last words throughout the story. Loved it! :)
Date published: 2008-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Changing I can honestly say that this book changed my perspective on life entirely as a teenager, i was completly inspired by this book. Don't even bother reading anymore reviews, just go and buy it.
Date published: 2006-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Indescribable I'm compelled to say that this book changed my life. The honest, true-to-life characters with all their little quirks; added to the subtly poetic language; added to a highly engaging plotline that makes you want to turn pages quicker than ever before; added to deep, life-altering questions - make this novel one of the best I've ever read.
Date published: 2005-11-09

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Looking For Alaska

by John Green

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 in

Published: January 2, 2007

Publisher: Penguin Young Reader Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142402516

ISBN - 13: 9780142402511

About the Book

Miles "Pudge" Halter befriends some fellow boarding school students and falls in love with Alaska Young, the razor-sharp, self-destructive nucleus of the group. When tragedy strikes, Pudge discovers the value of unconditional love.

From the Publisher

The award-winning, genre-defining debut from #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award
Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
New York Times bestseller

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .

After. Nothing is ever the same.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author

John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), and The Fault in Our Stars. His many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. He has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. John was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers (youtube.com/vlogbrothers), one of the most popular online video projects in the world. You can join the millions who follow John on Twitter (@johngreen) and tumblr (fishingboatproceeds.tumblr.com) or visit him online at johngreenbooks.com.

John lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Editorial Reviews

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults Top 10 An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers A 2005 Booklist Editors’ Choice A Kirkus Best Book of 2005 A 2005 SLJ Best Book of the Year A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age "What sets this novel apart is the brilliant, insightful, suffering but enduring voice of Miles Halter." -- Chicago Tribune "Funny, sad, inspiring, and always compelling." -- Bookpage "Stunning conclusion . . . one worthy of a book this good." -- Philadelphia Enquirer "The spirit of Holden Caulfield lives on." -- Kliatt "What sings and soars in this gorgeously told tale is Green’s mastery of language and the sweet, rough edges of Pudge’s voice. Girls will cry and boys will find love, lust, loss and longing in Alaska’s vanilla-and-cigarettes scent." Kirkus , starred review "Miles’s narration is alive with sweet, self-deprecating humor, and his obvious struggle to tell the story truthfully adds to his believability. Like Phineas in John Knowles’s A Separate Peace, Green draws Alaska so lovingly, in self-loathing darkness as well as energetic light, that readers mourn her loss along with her friends." -- SLJ , starred review "...Miles is a witty narrator who manages to be credible as the overlooked kid, but he''s also an articulate spokesperson for the legions of teen searching for life meaning (his taste for famous last words is a believable and entertaining quirk), and the Colonel''s smarts, clannish loyalties, and rel
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