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Looking For Alaska

byJohn Green

Paperback | December 28, 2006

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

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★ Michael L. Printz Award Winner
★ Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
★ NPR's 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels
★ TIME Magazine's 100 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time
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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.
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. ...
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Title:Looking For AlaskaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.66 inPublished:December 28, 2006Publisher:Penguin Young Reader GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0142402516

ISBN - 13:9780142402511

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal The way that this man writes never ceases to amaze me. The deep-thinking and complexity of the characters has me awe-struck, every. time.
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it! Loved the storyline and the characters
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Completely breath-taking and definitely memorable. A must read! I have not met a john green book that I did not like. This novel is everything you would hope for in a story. It is beautifully written, has great content, just the right plot twists at the right times and so much more. I cannot wait to see the movie that is being made based on this book and I cannot lie, I can almost guarantee that is is going to be very good. However, nothing compares to reading the story directly from the words written by this genius author. Completely breath-taking and definitely memorable. A must read!
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from all time favorite i don't usually reread books, but i always find myself coming back to this novel! definitely worth a read
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story! I found myself unable to put this book down, it was so well written! The story line was very capturing until around the second half of the book, but it was overall a good read.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites I've read this book well over ten times. It is and always will be one of my all time favourite books.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All Time Favourite Book My favourite John Green Book by far
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! This book was absolutely amazing! I couldn't put it down! I recomend this book to everyone!
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It Was Alright! I found the beginning of this book a little slow... and I almost stopped reading it because I didn't find it very interesting. I decided to keep reading and I'm glad I did because the second half of the book was way better. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy teen books. I felt it was a little young for me.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best one of his books This as the best book ever written by this author in my opinion, and I don't think it was given enough credit.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from different this book was not what I expected. I'm not going to give any spoilers away but I tend to be good at guessing endings and I can honestly say that this one was not what I would have guessed
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Indifferent A good novel but it progressed slowly and I found it difficult to continue reading. There wasn't a lot of interesting moments either. The characters are quite charming though.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from would recommend to everyone! such a compelling story that is relatable to all ages. the characters felt real, so did the plot!
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good a good read, emotionally-charged
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Who is Alaska, anyway? I don't understand why so many people are fascinated by the character. For me, Alaska is just a boring person, with a lack o personality. Sorry for that, but I really don't know what the fuss is all about.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed feelings this book was over-hyped and I guess that skewed my expectations before reading this but don't get me wrong it is an incredible book. This book has characters that are very relatable and I actually really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I loved this book. It was suspenseful, heartbreaking, and thought-inspiring. It made me feel a lot of things and think deeply about myself and other people, and that is the highest praise I can give a book.
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring It wasn't really interesting, I found it quite boring.
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from makes you think on your life This book left me in deep thinking hours after I was done reading it. I remember staring at the full moon rising above the short mountain and thinking about how this book just changed my whole perpective of life. Truly amazing.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved This I loved this novel, it's one of those reads that stays with you for a long time after you've finished reading it.
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good,not Amazing or anything This book wasn't terrible, but it wasn't the most amazing thing i've read either. I put it down feeling really unsatisfied, liek something was missing. Maybe that was Green's intention but i just felt like it needed something more at the end. It does have its moments though
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it I really loved this book. It is my third favourite of all John Green's books, but it was so so good
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Impressive read When I first started reading this book, I thought that, going by the back of the book blurb, that it was going to be a love story between Pudge and Alaska but it turned out to be so much more than that. When I did really get into the story, I lost myself in it. I didn’t think ‘God, I love John Green’ the whole time as I was reading like I did with The Fault In Our Stars. A quarter of the way through, I started to lose myself in the story, I forgot everything around me, and that is (one of) the criteria for a really great book. So, it started out a bit slow but definitely went straight up from there. I was impressed with this book, however The Fault In Our Stars still remains at the top of my John Greens's book list. Now onto An Abundance of Katherines.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love Beautifully written. Amazing!
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Looking For Alaska This was a huge disappoint for me. There was the occasional good part but the rest was just...bad.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read As usual, I am not disappointed by John Green. Another great read.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is my fav book!! The life lessons to be learned throughout this novel is amazing
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hmmm, not so much It wasn't terrible or anything, but just wasn't my taste. Actually, struggled to finish it, but I'm sure others may like it fine.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable A hipster indie read. Worth checking out and giving a try. A few hidden gems of laughter and beautiful lines of writing are scattered within its pages.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Full of some really, really good quotes (and more) This book is a very real, honest life story. You can take away a ton of great things from the book... plus some pretty funny quotes! I can't say too much or else I'll spoil it... You'll have to read it for yourself!
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Recommended by a friend Don't get me wrong i enjoyed the book, but i didn't find it deserving of the hype my friend had given it. While the characters were cool, there wasn't much development of the characters. A little too hyped and not my fav john green
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! This book has you feeling emotions you didn't even know existed. Definitely my favorite John Green novel
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Huge disappointment I was excited to read Looking For Alaska because I love John Greens other books like TFIOS, but I was extremely disappointed with this book. The first half of the book I loved and then the second half I was so mad about the middle that I struggled to read the rest.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from worth giving a try there were some parts that i did not particularly get into, but i enjoyed reading it as a whole. in my opinion, it's definitely better than tfios.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth checking out There were some parts that I did not particularly get into, but I liked reading it as a whole. For me, it's definitely better than TFIOS.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put this down! This is the first John Green book I've read, and my favourite. To Pudge, Alaska is complex and mysterious, a stark contrast to his 'boring' everyday life. As he becomes more wrapped up in Alaska's adventures, he learns that some mysteries are just that - mysteries that he may never have the answers to.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great it's definitely worth a read!
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A wonderful and powerful read. I enjoyed every moment of this book. I recommend all of John Green's works.
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My first and favourite John Green Book I'm always blown away by this book, each and every time I read it
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I definitely think this is John Green's greatest work so far! The book is amazing and you will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Such a beautiful story, highly recommended
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intrigyuing The characters in this book make you want to know more about them. Interesting idea, fairly unique in concept. #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best John Green book Possibly my favourite John green book yet. Great from start to finish, adored reading this book!
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I like this one better than TFIOS I think the stories of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars are somewhat similar, and this one was written first. I have to say I do like this one better, but I don't exactly know why.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good Different style from John's Green other novels (this isn't a bad thing). Definitely made me cry.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY FAVOURITE of all john green's books, this one is definitely my favourite.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely adored it. This is probably my favourite of all John Green's books.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable! This was worth the read! The twist in the ending left me wanting more.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting This book was very deep and had very meaningfl questoes within it
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite John Green Book I could easily read all of John Green's books, but I could read this one over and over again. I love the story and how it is set up. And I enjoy that it catches you by surprise in the middle of the book.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great A great story with some beautiful quotes
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite John Green book I read this book a few years ago, and I thought that it was absolutely beautiful. Slight spoiler: I had to hold back tears in public because of the ending.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it my favourite john green novel!
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good I had high expectations and weren't exactly met. The main story message was deep, but I thought it would be a happy fun read, which it was but then turned unexpectedly
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An okay read Read this book a few years back with very high expectations. However, it turned out to be nothing special. Predictable ending. I did enjoy the characters and John Green's usual humor.
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read!! I read this entire book in two days, and will admit that I am a slow reader just to show how good is was! I also loved Paper Towns, and its just as good as this one! Would definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good! I had low expectations coming into this but it turned out to actually be not too bad! Impressed and of course it's a classic John Green book...
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Story! This book completely changed the way I view things. You won't be able to put it down!
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh It was a good book, but personally it was nothing spectacular nor would I read this again.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting concept This book forces the reader to grapple with ambiguity. Readers are invested in the characters swiftly and easily, and this makes it even more difficult to come to terms with the fallout in the second half of the book. Definitely a great conversation starter and good for book clubs and discussion circles.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing This story is super interesting and makes for an intriguing read. It's not too fast paced and it's different then expected but still very good. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic John Green After reading the same an author's work for so long, you begin to pick up on their way of writing, how their mind works, and sometimes you are able to piece together the plot before it fully occurs. John Green, however, is one of the few authors that has a formula for success in a book, but he uses it in new ways so that the reader is never ahead of his writing and is moving through the events with the characters. I think that is a very unique and rare form of writing these days. Many authors use a lot of dramatic irony where the reader knows what is going on, but the characters they are reading about do not have a clue. John Green has Pudge (the very intelligent protagonist) narrate the entire book. It is important that he is smart because that means Pudge will never look over any obvious details and the use of dramatic irony is very limited (if it even exists in the book at all). I greatly enjoy this because I find that sometimes when I can figure out the plot before it happens, I become bored with the book and only continue to read in order to have my theory confirmed. John Green's writing is gripping, his characters are fleshed out, his scenarios are fantastically believable, and his plot twists are plausible which make the reader's reactions authentic. For such a funny guy, he can write a really good book that can be taken serious. Want a taste of his humour? Check out the Reader's Guide at the back of the book AFTER YOU FINISH READING THE ENTIRE THING to see how he answers some frequently asked questions in a truthful and comedic way.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I know John Green "trendy" and "over-hyped" but that won't stop me from saying he is an amazing writer. I typically don't follow the cliche trends but he is so over-hyped because he truly is an amazing writer. I love the complexity of his writing style that he can also make completely ridiculous. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A little late in reading this I will admit that I'm not really into John Green's style of writing, but he does develop great story lines, and "Looking for Alaska" was definitely one of those times. A book about the value of friendship with an important message.
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Faves! This is probably one of my favourite books from John Green. It is so interesting and it talks about friendship but also love.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! i was really surprised i enjoyed this book i don't usually read books from a guys perspective but this is one of the best books i have read! i all defiantly change my reading habits now
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love! Amazing pace of the novel.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mind changing Has a very good idea behind the story and defiantly gives you a different perspective on life but I felt like the beginning was very well done, then after it wasn't the same. The characters are all so important and inspiring that you can't do without.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from yes loved the ending. that question, How would you get out of this labyrinth of suffering? and the answer that Miles gave, wow. this story left me wondering about life hours after i finished reading it. worth reading and analyzing.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Conversation Starter John Green is a literary mastermind. Everyone should read and fall in love with this book and all his others. Great character development and haunting sad story. I espescially loved the character building and the bond between Pudge and the Colonel. This book is a great conversation starter about issues facing teens today. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This was the first John Green book I read and it's my absolute favorite of his. The characters seemed to pop out from the pages. They were real. The writing was beautiful and the narration was funny. It even dealt with some real issues. Overall John Green smashed it with this novel. Absolutely. amazing. A must read. It's not just YA, it's relatable and the plot will captivate you. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE, LOVE, LOVE I literally loved everything about this book, the way it made me laugh and cry, the characters, the storyline, the style, EVERYTHING. Such a good book!
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth it Amazing book. Loved the narrator's voice --- passionate, hilarious, moving, thought-provoking, and character-driven.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book This is by far my most favourite book that John Green has written. It's amazing.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beautiful Truly a beautiful, compassionate read.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Winner From John Green I've read all of John Green's novels and love them all. He writes very well and makes you feel an emotional connection with the characters.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Great book! Will make you laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time!
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Over Rated I feel like I went into this book with really high expectations of John Green and this entirely missed the mark. I don't think it's a 'bad' book but I certainly wouldn't read it again. I think there could have been a lot more done with the characters as I never became truly interested in any of them; at the end I was unsatisfied with it all. Instead of Looking For Alaska I'd recommend Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider for a really gripping character driven novel.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the read Overall quite a good story. I really like this author and enjoy his exploration of the teenage experience. A few parts of the story are a bit slow so it doesn't get a 5/5 from me.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Emotionally Stunning This book will have you on a roller coaster!!
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still liked it! Not my favourite John Green book but I still liked it!
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not that amazing While the book was interesting enough to keep me going and wanting to finish the book, I don't see why it was so hyped. It was good, but not THAT good.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing... I think there was a lot of discussion around this book that made me think it would be so much better than it actually was. I finished it, but I wasn't attached to it or the characters at all.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok I thought this book was really over hyped. Nothing amazing.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from John Green's Best This book is without-a-doubt John Green's best. There is a diverse selection of characters, a believable description of the setting, and a hear-wrenching plot. I would recommend this book to a 12-16 year old. Even if you're older than that, the story is good, just not as mature as one might like.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book by John Green To me, this is the best book by John Green and one of my favourite YA novels in general. I read this after having read 2 other novels by Green, and came out loving this book 10 times more than both of the others combined. The other two that I had read were Paper Towns and The Fault in Our Stars, being completely honest I found that both others while being well written were incredibly cheesy. However, I find that Alaska, as a character, is much more real and relatable to rebellious teens and teens were are in the process of finding themselves more than either Hazel or Margo. I read this book in less than a day, and somewhat regretted how quickly i read it because I truly didn't want it to end.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book "If people were rain, I was drizzle, and she was a hurricane" Just a little sneak peek of the amazing story that is Looking for Alaska. You won't regret picking it up.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not for Me I feel like I'm the only person who didn't like it. I had to push myself to finish it because I couldn't get into it. The writing style is beautiful but I didn't care for the story.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such an amazing book! A very suspenseful and interesting book. Read this so quickly! I wish I didn't read it so I can read it again!
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE!!! This book made me cry so much! John Green is extraordinary!!
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! One of the best books i've ever read. Highly recommed
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Great story and characters. John Green has a way with words that always makes you think.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Made me cry This story just has something special about it.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING A book with deep meaning, John Green really knows how to make a girl cry.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable This book was not my first by John Green. I have to be honest that I was expecting a little bit more. However, John's writing style and his chraracters are very strong. I do not regret buying it.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Okay Didn't enjoy as much as TFIOS
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! This book was more than I anticipated - it was very deep and the characters were very compelling.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best john green book This story sticks with you long after you've read it. The story is simple, but the plot twist throws you through a loop. You realize how much the characters mean to you in a whole new way. A great read for any teen.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from BORING! I read half the book and nothing grabbed me in, I was insanely bored with the story so i just quit reading it.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good. It was pretty decent, although I only read half-way. I couldn't seem to get through it.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from John Green's Best This was Green's best novel he's written to date. You can relate to the characters, however don't be surprised if you can guess some of things that will happen.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from couldnt connect felt like it was too deep for regular people
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic GreenLit After I read TFiOS I decided I'd give the other John Green books a try, and I can honestly say that you will not regret giving this one a read. The main character is interesting and it gives tremendous insight on a lot of deep, worldview-type questions that you wouldn't expect from a YA novel. Definitely recommended.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ugh I suppose a big part of liking this book would be liking the main character... But oh man, I just didn't find her the least bit relatable or likeable. Made this a difficult read.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW This book was incredible, I finished it in one day, I just couldn't put it down!!
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth Re-reading Out of all the John Green books, this one is my favourite. That being said, you can't go wrong with any of his novels!
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from over hyped author John Green isn't a bad author but I think his books are way over-hyped. Tfios was incredible but all of his other books fell short for me. This one was okay. I feel like he just recycles his characters.. slaps a new name on them, changes the plot and voila!
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Why? This book was over rated and disappointing
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from life changing I categorize my life in two parts. Before Looking for Alaska and After Looking for Alaska.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting This wasn't my favourite John Green book, a little predictable, but still overall good. The ending is really good and my favourite line is 'if people were rain, I was drizzle, and she was a hurricane."
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fast read This is a book you can read very quickly. My favorite of John Greens novels.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent A decent read. However, not the most exciting book out there. The writing style is enjoyable - a decent casual read overall.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect I loved how you can relate to the characters. John Green did an amazing job!
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I tried twice to read it... Twice, I meant to finish it, but the writing is pompous and characters are non-realistic in the way they greet each other with quotes and are over-the-roof quirky. I just can't.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best of John Green Say what you will but this will eventually become a classic (teen classic atleast). I read this book a few years ago and it is my favourite out of all of John Greens books.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beautifully Haunting One of the best novels John Green has wrote. If you are looking for a new read, I would highly suggest this one. It'll leave you deep in thought.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books ever Im not going to say this book is for everyone because everyone has their own tastes but this book honestly changed my life, it was perfect in every way possible and i absolutely loved it!
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite John Green novel I love John Green's style of writing. This story is no exception. My absolute favourite John Green book that I continually re-read!
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite John Green book This book had a bit of mystery to it which made it very captivating. I liked how the chapters counted down, it turned the book into a page turner without you even knowing it. Not a very typical plot, which I am a fan of. The characters were described in great detail and were available for lots of sympathy
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting If you're going to read any John Green book make sure this is the one
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great I'm probably one of the few that would say I actually think this is my favorite john green book, I definitely preferred it over tfios.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Looking for Alaska by John Green This was the first book I ever read by John Green. It was given to me in 2007 when I had no idea who John Green was. I wish this book had been around when I was a teen. I really enjoyed the story, but I think I would have liked it even more if I wasn't already past that point in my life. Even still, I loved this book. Loved it! I couldn't put it down - just like i expected. John Green is seriously talented, and even though i don't like this book as much as i love his "The Fault in Our Stars", it was still wonderful book.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite John Green book I enjoyed all of Green's books, but this one was by far my favourite. Some people do not understand the deeper themes integrated in this book and for that reason the book may not make sense. However, for those who get them, it really is a beautifully written novel.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not The Fault In Our Stars I had read The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns a while ago, so I like John Green's style of writing; however, I loved TFIOS, and was unimpressed about Paper Towns so I wasn't sure what to expect from this novel. While I liked the general idea of it, the character of Alaska is really hard to like. She is seems like a selfish kid who is more interested in getting people's love and affection then in being a decent human. So when she passes away, I don't really feel any sympathy for her death, and can't relate to Pudge's journey as much.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay Wasn't really what I expected from a John Green novel, I was hoping for more as TFIOS had so much success. Wasn't too bad, just wasn't for me.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An interesting read I have just recently finished this book and I must say it is a good book. However, I was not as in love with this book as I was with the Fault in our stars by John Green but it was still a decent book. It has a good message about dealing with loss and that sometimes people only come into your life for a brief period of time but can have a big impact regardless. I enjoyed the characters, the main character, Miles or "Pudge", is a relatable character who one can also feel sympathetic towards
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What? I didn't understand this book at all. What was the purpose? The ending was terrible, I do not recommend reading this book.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read This is probably my favourite John Green book, although like his other books, this one also suffers from the same trope of a manic pixie dream girl. It's definitely better than Paper Towns
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I liked this book, but I didnt really like how it ended idk
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You'll Never Forget Alaska Alaska is an absolutely unforgettable character, as is Miles. One of my favourite boarding school reads of all time.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I really enjoyed this book, it was the first book I read by John Green.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from so-so book john green is a great author, but i did not find this book to be that great
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favourite John Green book Looking for Alaska is good, but not close to being as good as other John Green's books. The story had such a negative impact on me, made me too sad, and I think some of the plot didn't make too much sense.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay The plot and ideas within this novel were pretty intriguing but the way it all came together was slightly disappointing. I would recommend this book for older teens as there is some mature content.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my fave Personally, didn't think it was as good compared to Paper Towns and The Fault in our Stars. It seemed kinda slow throughout the book and escalated way too fast at the rise of conflict. I felt that the plot was kinda lazy in my opinion.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful easy to fall in love with and is yet again another masterpiece
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it !!! I think this was the first John Green book I read. Before TFIOS. Before all he hype. John is definitely not over-hyped because all of the hype is true, but I read this long before any movies came out and "okay? okay." became a known thing. John is a true artist as he paints a picture of love and sorrow and young love with words. #NERDFIGHTER
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Hands down my favourite John Green book. I don't know what it is about these characters, but they pull you right in. It's a little dark and mysterious. Couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Your typical John Green book There was nothing spectacular about it. It's pretty close to Paper Towns except the female character is emotionally unstable (which I enjoyed as a "twist").
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing i loved it so much. it was such a good story and very well-written!!!
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay Thought it was going to be better than it was made out to be.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book I loved the book, it's complex and entertaining. It's a YA that has a lot to give. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from meh it was good but not amazing, best john green book for sure
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting but slow I couldn't really connect to the characters as much as I wished I had
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not his best... This novel is okay... definitely not Green's best. I would still recommend it if you're a John Green fan!
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dissapointed I had such high hopes for this book after reading his other books. It did not live up to my expectations. The ending was not satisfying at all. I do have to say the first half of the book was fairly compelling, but that quickly dies as I neared the end. Definitely would not read again.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites This book has stuck with me over the years, truly amazing
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fluffy teen novel Just because your target audience is a younger crowd, doesn't mean you should skimp out on character dialogue and plot. This book was more annoying that it was anything else. It was also frustrating, boring and dull - but mostly the annoying thing... Characters, plot, dialogue, everything was just irritating. As many have mentioned, all of John Green's novels resemble each other, so pick up another one, not this.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fluffy teen novel Just because your target audience is a younger crowd, doesn't mean you should skimp out on character dialogue and plot. This book was more annoying that it was anything else. It was also frustrating, boring and dull - but mostly the annoying thing... Characters, plot, dialogue, everything was just irritating. As many have mentioned, all of John Green's novels resemble each other, so pick up another one, not this.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Worth It To be honest, I thought this book was going to be amazing, but I couldn't even finish it because it was just that bad. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from favourite John Green is such an amazing writer, would definatly read again
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from impressive To be honest, this isn't my usual type of book but John Green is a good enough writer that I loved it anyway!
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fave Not as good as The Fault in our Stars but I still loved the characters and story in this one.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good John Green is one of my favourite authors and his stories never fail to make me cry. By the time I was finished, I felt as if I was a part of Pudge's friend group tagging along to all his adventures and shenanigans.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beyond amazing Love this book couldnt put it down
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Out of all the John Green books, this is my favourite #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book I really enjoyed this book! It was my first John Green book and I enjoyed the whole finding yourself aspect of the story and how certain people can change your life.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my favorite books!! This book might not be for everybody, but if you liked John Green's other books you'll probably love this book too...however the book may leave you feeling a little distraught
Date published: 2016-12-11

Read from the Book

“So do you really memorize last words?”She ran up beside me and grabbed my shoulder and pushed me back onto the porch swing. “Yeah,” I said. And then hesitantly, I added, “You want to quiz me?” “JFK,” she said. “That’s obvious,” I answered. “Oh, is it now?” she asked. “No. Those were his last words. Someone said, ‘Mr. President, you can’t say Dallas doesn’t love you,’ and then he said, ‘That’s obvious,’ and then he got shot.” She laughed. “God, that’s awful. I shouldn’t laugh. But I will,” and then she laughed again. “Okay, Mr. Famous Last Words Boy. I have one for you.” She reached into her overstuffed backpack and pulled out a book. “Gabriel García Márquez. The General in His Labyrinth. Absolutely one of my favorites. It’s about Simón Bolívar.” I didn’t know who Simón Bolívar was, but she didn’t give me time to ask. “It’s a historical novel, so I don’t know if this is true, but in the book, do you know what his last words are? No, you don’t. But I am about to tell you, Señor Parting Remarks.” And then she lit a cigarette and sucked on it so hard for so long that I thought the entire thing might burn off in one drag. She exhaled and read to me: “‘He’—that’s Simón Bolívar—‘was shaken by the overwhelming revelation that the headlong race between his misfortunes and his dreams was at that moment reaching the finish line. The rest was darkness. “Damn it,” he sighed. “How will I ever get out of this labyrinth!”’” I knew great last words when I heard them, and I made a mental note to get ahold of a biography of this Simón Bolívar fellow. Beautiful last words, but I didn’t quite understand. “So what’s the labyrinth?” I asked her. And now is as good a time as any to say that she was beautiful. In the dark beside me, she smelled of sweat and sunshine and vanilla, and on that thin-mooned night I could see little more than her silhouette except for when she smoked, when the burning cherry of the cigarette washed her face in pale red light. But even in the dark, I could see her eyes—fierce emeralds. She had the kind of eyes that predisposed you to supporting her every endeavor. And not just beautiful, but hot, too, with her breasts straining against her tight tank top, her curved legs swinging back and forth beneath the swing, flip-flops dangling from her electric-blue-painted toes. It was right then, between when I asked about the labyrinth and when she answered me, that I realized the importance of curves, of the thousand places where girls’ bodies ease from one place to another, from arc of the foot to ankle to calf, from calf to hip to waist to breast to neck to ski-slope nose to forehead to shoulder to the concave arch of the back to the butt to the etc. I’d noticed curves before, of course, but I had never quite apprehended their significance. Her mouth close enough to me that I could feel her breath warmer than the air, she said, “That’s the mystery, isn’t it? Is the labyrinth living or dying? Which is he trying to escape—the world or the end of it?” I waited for her to keep talking, but after a while it became obvious she wanted an answer. “Uh, I don’t know,” I said finally. “Have you really read all those books in your room?” She laughed. “Oh God no. I’ve maybe read a third of ’em. But I’m going to read them all. I call it my Life’s Library. Every summer since I was little, I’ve gone to garage sales and bought all the books that looked interesting. So I always have something to read. But there is so much to do: cigarettes to smoke, sex to have, swings to swing on. I’ll have more time for reading when I’m old and boring.” She told me that I reminded her of the Colonel when he came to Culver Creek. They were freshmen together, she said, both scholarship kids with, as she put it, “a shared interest in booze and mischief.” The phrase booze and mischief left me worrying I’d stumbled into what my mother referred to as “the wrong crowd,” but for the wrong crowd, they both seemed awfully smart. As she lit a new cigarette off the butt of her previous one, she told me that the Colonel was smart but hadn’t done much living when he got to the Creek. “I got rid of that problem quickly.” She smiled. “By November, I’d gotten him his first girlfriend, a perfectly nice non–Weekday Warrior named Janice. He dumped her after a month because she was too rich for his poverty-soaked blood, but whatever. We pulled our first prank that year—we filled Classroom Four with a thin layer of marbles. We’ve progressed some since then, of course.” She laughed. So Chip became the Colonel—the military-style planner of their pranks, and Alaska was ever Alaska, the larger-than-life creative force behind them. “You’re smart like him,” she said. “Quieter, though. And cuter, but I didn’t even just say that, because I love my boyfriend.” “Yeah, you’re not bad either,” I said, overwhelmed by her compliment. “But I didn’t just say that, because I love my girlfriend. Oh, wait. Right. I don’t have one.” She laughed. “Yeah, don’t worry, Pudge. If there’s one thing I can get you, it’s a girlfriend. Let’s make a deal: You figure out what the labyrinth is and how to get out of it, and I’ll get you laid.” “Deal.” We shook on it. Later, I walked toward the dorm circle beside Alaska. The cicadas hummed their one-note song, just as they had at home in Florida. She turned to me as we made our way through the darkness and said, “When you’re walking at night, do you ever get creeped out and even though it’s silly and embarrassing you just want to run home?” It seemed too secret and personal to admit to a virtual stranger, but I told her, “Yeah, totally.” For a moment, she was quiet. Then she grabbed my hand, whispered, “Run run run run run,” and took off, pulling me behind her.

Bookclub Guide

INTRODUCTIONLooking for AlaskaEverybody has a talent. Miles Halter’s is knowing the last words of a lot of different people—people like the author Rabelais, whose enigmatic last words “I go to seek a Great Perhaps” inspire the sixteen year-old to leave his family home in Florida and enroll in Culver Creek, a co-ed boarding school in Alabama. There he makes a new circle of friends: his roommate Chip, a scholarship student whom everyone calls “The Colonel;” Takumi, a slyly funny Japanese-American rapper; and sweet-spirited, Romanian-born Lara, who has trouble pronouncing the letter “i.” But most importantly he meets Alaska, a beautiful girl who “had eyes that predisposed you to supporting her every endeavor.” Miles quickly falls in love with this reckless, quirky, endlessly intriguing girl. An omnivorous reader, Alaska introduces him to a new set of last words — those of South American liberator Simón Bolivar — that pose an intriguing question, “How will I ever get out of this labyrinth?” It’s a question that takes on a deeper, more poignant resonance when an unthinkable tragedy invites Miles to examine the meanings of life . . . and death. ABOUT JOHN GREENJohn Green is the author of Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines. He lives in New York City. SPEAKING WITH JOHN GREENQ. What’s the difference between writing fiction and lying?A. To begin with, when you tell a lie, you generally do not admit upfront that it’s a lie. Like, if I am lying to you about who stole the cookie from the cookie jar, I am not going to preface it by saying, “While I am about to convince you that John Doe stole the cookie from the cookie jar, the cookie was actually stolen by me.” But when you write fiction, as with Looking for Alaska, it says “a novel” right on the cover. Before a reader has even opened the book, the writer has acknowledged that this is a story, and that the story does not faithfully recount events that actually occurred. The other big difference, I would argue, is that lies are attempts to hide the truth by willfully denying facts. Fiction, on the other hand, is an attempt to reveal the truth by ignoring facts. To paraphrase William Faulkner, I am much more interested in the truth than in the facts. One of the challenges in writing Alaska was learning not to overvalue facts. When I first started writing the book, I kept thinking I ought to include things that happened because they had happened. It took years before I was able to let go of the facts and focus on writing a true novel.Q. In that vein, just how autobiographical is Looking for Alaska?A. I have always danced around this question, and I think I’m going to continue dancing around it now. Like Miles, I grew up in Florida and attended a boarding school in Alabama. And the physical setting of Alaska is very, very similar to the physical place I attended boarding school. Generally, the book is probably more autobiographical than I usually acknowledge. But it is very much a work of fiction. The facts, I can assure you, were ignored.Q. What was the catalyst for this novel? A. In the study of religion, there is this word theodicy, which refers to the question of why a God who is both loving and all powerful would allow there to be such unequal suffering in the world. In college, when I started to study religion, that was the question that interested me most. So in some ways, that was the catalyst for the novel. After I graduated from college, I worked for a while at a children’s hospital, where I encountered the same problem in stark, awful reality. It was in the hospital that I started to think about writing a story in which teenagers experience loss and a consuming guilt that cannot be easily assuaged. I started writing it just a few months after I left the hospital.Q. Did you write it with a specific audience in mind?A. Yes. From the very beginning, I wrote the book for high-school students.Q. How did you come up with the book’s unusual structure?A. I’d been working on the book with very limited success for about 18 months before September 11, 2001. And then in the days after 9/11, I was alone in my apartment in Chicago watching the commercial-free news 24 hours a day. On TV, people kept saying that this was a defining moment for my generation of Americans, that we would all remember the world in terms of before 9/11 and after it. And I thought about how time is usually measured that way: Christians date from before and after the birth of Christ. Muslims date from before and after the hijrah. We look back to the most important moment in our history, and that becomes the dividing line between what we were and what we are now. So I wanted to reflect on the way we measure and think of time. And also, for the characters in Alaska, there is a moment that changes their lives forever, and that redefines their understanding of the world. I wanted the importance of that moment to be central to the novel’s structure.Q. Chip (i.e., the Colonel) says, “Everybody’s got a talent.” What’s yours?A. I’m a pretty ordinary person in most respects, but I suppose I am good at finding and remembering trivia. I’m not sure whether that qualifies as a talent, but it’s the closest I’ve got.Q. Miles’ teacher Dr. Hyde tells him to “be present.” What does that mean to you?A. It means listening. Listening is a very rare skill, and in these noisy times, it is more and more valuable.Q. Did you have a teacher like Dr. Hyde?A. You’re finding a different way to ask the autobiography question! I feel like I should reward your perseverance with a fuller answer. I had several teachers who inspired me the way Dr. Hyde inspires Miles. But as a character, he is based on three particular teachers. In high school, I had a history teacher named Dr. Cooper. He lectured a lot and scared the hell out of his students and kicked you out of class if you didn’t listen—but also cared deeply about us. And then in college, my religion professor Donald Rogan and my writing professor P. F. Kluge both had a lot of Dr. Hyde in them. I stole lines from all three teachers, but particularly from Rogan.Q. Miles learns to take religion seriously. Did you? And, if so, do you still take it seriously?A. I did learn to take religion seriously, and in much the same way that Miles does: Donald Rogan was an excellent teacher. He was obviously smarter than me, and he found religion interesting, so I came to find it interesting also. Religion concerns itself with the same existential questions that I find interesting and important. I think I probably prefer the study of religion to the practice of it, though. That said, I do consider myself religious now. In high school, I had a classmate who attended a Southern Baptist church, and he was a nice guy, but he would always ask me questions about religion that I felt invaded my privacy. One time, he asked me, “How is your relationship with God, John?” I thought about it for a while, and then finally I said, “Complicated.” It was complicated then, and after studying religion in college and working as a chaplain at a children’s hospital and seriously considering a career as a minister, it remains complicated. I’m not embarrassed by my faith, and I’m also not embarrassed by my doubt.Q. How did your time as a chaplain at a children’s hospital influence your development as a writer?A. All the fiction I’ve written since working at that hospital has in some way echoed some feeling or experience or question that arose while I was at the hospital. In many ways, it was a before-and-after moment in my own life.Q. The character of Alaska tells Miles, “The only real geniuses are artists.” Do you agree? And who are some people whom you regard as geniuses?A. There’s a lot of my high-school self in the character Alaska, and I suspect I would have agreed with that statement as a teenager. But I think there are mathematical and scientific geniuses, too. I think genius is rare, but I don’t think it discriminates. I’m also not convinced that a person just is or is not a genius. I think that genius can come and go. Mark Twain wrote my favorite American novel, but he also wrote the awful Joan of Arc. Georg Cantor invented set theory and revolutionized our understanding of infinity, but he also thought Sir Francis Bacon wrote Shakespeare’s plays. It’s a nebulous thing, genius. Unless you are Shakespeare.Q. Miles writes, “Teenagers think they are invincible.” Did you when you were a teen? Do you, now, as an adult?A. I was aware as a teenager of the fact that I might die, and it scared me a little. But I never felt like dying would affect my overall invincibility, if that makes sense. It’s a little like what Muhammad Ali said after his third fight with Joe Frazier. After the fight, which Ali won, Ali said that he thought at times that Frazier might kill him. “If he had killed me,” Ali said, “I would have gotten back up and won the fight. I would have been the first dead heavyweight champion of the world.” I felt like that as a teenager. I feel a little more fragile now. I still think people are invincible, but I’d rather not find out for sure.Q. Because “booze and mischief” play significant parts in Looking for Alaska, the book has been challenged. Were you ever tempted to censor yourself when you were writing the novel?A. No. It never even occurred to me that it might be a problem while I was writing it. I got nervous when the book came closer to publication, though. I have to give full credit to my editor, Julie Strauss-Gabel. She was absolutely steadfast about refusing to censor the novel, even when I wasn’t. My friend David Levithan once said of gay writers, “We are political novelists who do not wish to be political.” I feel a bit of that when it comes to banning books from classrooms and libraries. I don’t want to have to fight that fight, but I won’t shirk the responsibility I feel to my books and my readers. Teachers have been trained to teach, and they know how to teach, and we need to fight to let them teach—whether it’s Catcher in the Rye (or Alaska, for that matter) in an English class or evolution in a Biology class.Q. And finally: In the “Some Last Words on Last Words” section at the end of Looking for Alaska, you write, “I was born into Bolivar’s labyrinth, and so I must believe in the hope of Rabelais’ Great Perhaps.” Would you expand on this? And are there ever any truly last words?A. The Dutch title of Alaska is Het Grote Misschien, which means The Great Perhaps. But if you type it into Babel Fish, it translates Het Grote Misschien as “The Big Maybe.” I’m undecided as to whether there are ever any truly last words. That’s the big maybe. As for the quote cited above, I mean that I believe in hope, in what is sometimes called “radical hope.” I believe there is hope for us all, even amid the suffering-and maybe even inside the suffering. And that’s why I write fiction, probably. It’s my attempt to keep that fragile strand of radical hope, to build a fire in the darkness. DISCUSSION QUESTIONSDiscuss the book’s unusual structure. Why do you suppose Green chose this strategy for telling his story? How else might he have structured the same material? Miles tells the story in his own first-person voice. How might the book differ if it had been told in Alaska’s voice or the Colonel’s? Or in the voice of an omniscient narrator? The Colonel says “Everybody’s got a talent.” Do you? Miles’s teacher Dr. Hyde tells him to “be present.” What does this mean? John Green worked for a time as a chaplain in a children’s hospital. How do you think that influenced the writing ofLooking For Alaska? What do you think “The Great Perhaps” means? And how about Bolivar’s “labyrinth?” In the “Some last words on last words” section at the end of the book, Green writes, “I was born into Bolivar’s labyrinth, and so I must believe in the hope of Rabelais’ Great Perhaps.” What do you think he means by this? Has this novel changed the way you regard human suffering? And death? One of the characters, Dr. Hyde says, “Everything that comes together falls apart.” Do you think the author agrees? How does he deal with this Zen belief in his novel? Alaska loves these two lines from the poet W. C. Auden: “You shall love your crooked neighbor / With your crooked heart.” What do these lines mean to you and why do you think Alaska likes them so much? Miles writes, “Teenagers think they are invincible.” Do you agree? Why or why not? Was it necessary for Alaska to die? This novel is filled with wonderful characters. Who is your favorite? Why? Do you know any people like these characters? Can you imagine Miles and the Colonel as adults? What might they be like? What professions do you suppose they might choose? 

Editorial Reviews

★ Michael L. Printz Award Winner★ Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist★ NPR's 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels★ TIME Magazine's 100 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time★ An ALA Best Book for Young Adults Top 10 ★ An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers ★ A Booklist Best Book of the Year ★ A Kirkus Best Book of the Year★ A 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 Inquirer“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.” –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 relentlessly methodological approach to problems make him a true original....There's a certain recursive fitness here, since this is exactly the kind of book that makes kids like Miles certain that boarding school will bring them their destiny, but perceptive readers may also realize that their own lives await the discovery of meaning even as they vicariously experience Miles' quest.” –BCCB, starred review“John Green has written a powerful novel—one that plunges headlong into the labyrinth of life, love, and the mysteries of being human. This is a book that will touch your life, so don’t read it sitting down. Stand up, and take a step into the Great Perhaps.”–K.L. Going, author of Fat Kid Rules the World, a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book