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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 Turtles All the Way Down and The Fault in Our Stars

Millions of copies sold!

★ Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award
★ A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
★ A New York Times Bestseller
★ A USA Today Bestseller
★ Top Ten, NPR’s 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels
★ TIME Magazine's 100 Best Young Adult Novels of All Time
Before. Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words—and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for Culver Creek boarding school to seek what the dying poet François Rabelais called “The Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including clever, beguiling, and self-destructive Alaska Young, who will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

After. Nothing will ever be the same.

Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. A modern classic, this stunning debut marked #1 bestselling author John Green’s arrival as a groundbreaking new voice in contemporary fiction.

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. ...
Title:Looking For AlaskaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.31 × 5.5 × 0.66 inPublished:December 28, 2006Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0142402516

ISBN - 13:9780142402511

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 5 out of 5 by from favourite book!! this book is hands down my favourite book ever. i've read it so many times to the point where I even have some chapters memorized. my copy is filled with highlighted and underlines phrases, little notes, and sticky notes poking out of the pages. i've always been a fan of john green's novels, but this one is my favourite. The sense of mystery and wondering leaves your eyes constantly glued to the pages. would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This is such a good story, it took me less than one day to finish it. I laughed, cried and now feel sad that the story is over. You become attached to the characters. So wonderfully written! Unforgettable
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Deserves just as much hype as TFIOS, this book is amazing and touches on (like paper towns) how you can be in love with the idea of a person but not the person themselves. I loved this book so much.
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a fan. This was my least favourite book by John Green. My friends were all raving about him but I never got into it. Maybe better suited for younger teens.
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY FAVOURITE BOOK Amazing book very emotional. by far the best john green book in my opinion #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY FAVORITE BOOK I've read Looking for Alaska three or four times in the past few years. I love it because it's realistic in the way that most YA books aren't. Maybe the characters aren't perfect, but for the most part they're likable. Sometimes they do problematic things and they may not be model citizens (what with the drinking and such that occurs) but this is a book aimed at teenagers and it features things that teenagers do when they live away from their parents.
Date published: 2018-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extraordinary Another great book by John Green. This is truly a masterpiece.
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Another One Feels like the Fault in Our Stars all over again... not a vivid storyline, I didn't enjoy it too much but it's not a poor relaxing read.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I think John Green did a great job with this one! I really enjoyed it. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! I read this book a little while ago and I couldn't stop reading it! The characters were comical and enjoyable, and the twist in the end was very well thought out. This is one of my favourite books by far :)
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really relatable Ive gotten most of my friends to read this amazing book over the years. I could really relate to it throughout high school and sometimes in college. The situations were real, and I could understand what they were doing/going through. My first read for John Green, and certainly not my last.
Date published: 2018-07-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from No Not good, literally just a book of teenagers smoking and drinking and being stupid
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it Looking for Alaska is a wonderful book that brings readers to tears. The book truly touched me in a way no other book has.
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wonderful Novel Looking For Alaska is such a wonderful book, despite the depressing ending. This novel is great for anyone looking for a book that comes along with many emotions. I would definitely recommend this book to family and friends. #Plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved This This is probably my favorite John Green book that I have read. Many people compare it to Paper Towns for having a similar plot, but I prefer this book much more.
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was ok I don't think John Green is going to be an author whom I love. I've read three of his books now and I have only really liked one, and that was The Fault in our Stars. Paper Towns was so boring to me, and unfortunately so was this one. Alaska was really annoying in the first half of the book, she was my least favourite character. I didn't mind Pudge but he was meh in the end. #Plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! i read this book a while ago and i remember loving it a lot! my favourite John Green book!
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Found no point for this novel. Normally I try to be nice during these reviews, but this novel just brings out the worst in me. I don't think there is any proper story line or development at all. I honestly couldn't even finish this book because it was so repetitive and boring. Way over hyped, nothing really happens in this book, dull, and slow pace. I loved The Fault and Our Stars, but every other John Green book has let me down.
Date published: 2018-06-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from There are better John Green books out there I really, really do not like this book. Many guy friends I have really like this book and I had never read John Green before so I thought I'd give it a shot. First, let me say, that almost nothing happens int his book. For 75% of this book it's a handful of friends hanging out. Which would be fine except that none of the characters are likable, ESPECIALLY the main character. He is so self absorbed that I found myself hating him pretty quickly. Alaska is very much a manic pixie girl in that she basically just exists as this projection of all the main protagonist desires. And then finally something does happen except that it doesn't really feel like there's a point to it. It doesn't feel like the writer does anything with it or gets any sort of message across. There's really no connection to this pretty big thing that happens other than to change the main characters life which is kind of an insulting use of what happens. I'll never understand the love for this book. The dialogue is still fun and quirky because, of course, that is what John Green excels at. I just wish there was more to it than that.
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Had a good time reading this This book is one of John Green's underrated novels. It has a slight feeling of mystery and keeps the reader engaged through it all.
Date published: 2018-06-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible This was my first John Green book, and if the rest of his books are anything at all like this one - I will have to pass. The same boring, whiny teenage characters as every other YA book I've wasted my time reading. This is a big fat NO for me.
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Underrated I think this is an underrated John Greene book and deserves more attention. A great YA read.
Date published: 2018-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this book. This is my favourite John Green novel by far. I am so upset that he lost the rights to produce this into a movie, but since this story won't be seen on screens, it is definitely worth the read. However, I don't really like how a lot of the dream girls in John Green's novels tend to be very similar.
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No I personally love John Green and think he is a great writer and author, but this book just wasn't the best. The story was not engaging and the plot was inexistent. Not my favourite John Green book.
Date published: 2018-04-14
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING this is my all time favorite book, I loved it so much the plot and characters are perfect, John Green did an amazing job with this one
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Book was great, the ending felt a little unfinished though. Still would definitely recommend anyway!
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Page Turner Good book, kept you enticed and flipping the pages, but felt like something was missing
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Looking for an Ending Overall I found the book great however, I did find myself looking for an ending. I'm unsure if the character of Alaska was truly ever fully developed and I was a little disappointed by the ambiguity of the ending. Everything seemed 'fine' in the end however there wasn't much detail about the cause of the end. Perhaps, the author wanted us to create our own ending but it felt unfinished. Easy read, great for a classroom and interesting concept on young teens.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another good read from John Green Very enjoyable book.. I really enjoyed the story and characters.
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love!!! This book is amazing. This was one of the first books I ever fell in love with and I will always cherish it!
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read This is actually my favorite book of John Green. When I started reading it, I noticed that there's 2 parts, the before and after. Right then and there, I knew that something terrible is on the way. That's probably the reason why it took me longer than usual to finish this book, because I don't want to get to that part.
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favourite John Green book This is not my favourite John Green book, but it was enjoyable. I think I had higher expectations because of the previous books I added read of his, as well as having heard someone spoil it for me.
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotionally captivating The personality of each character was nicely portrayed. I personally thought the vivid emotions of the characters after Alaska jumped out of the page. I enjoyed the character development as well!
Date published: 2018-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Young Adult John Green is a formidable Young Adult novel, and this one is no exception. Great characters, well written, but sometimes I worry that it romanticizes mental health issues in ways they shouldnt be
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read! I recommend John Green's novels, especially this one. The main protagonist are unusual and quirky, which makes his stories even more interesting.
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! This book got me spinning! My head could not handle these crazy events that were happening. However, I just hoped that the ending was not real at all haha.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books. I've read this book well over ten times! I'll never get tired of it.
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great This wasn’t the best book, but it was still enjoyable. Get ready for some great lines, and some cheesy cheesy metaphors.
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! The story line is super interesting and the characters have so much dept and personality to them that you really feel like you get to know them on a personal level as the story progresses.
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bravo This is personally my favourite John Green book. The characters are vivid and well descripted.
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great but Like Fault in Our Stars John Green's writing is always spectacular, it just this didn't live up to Fault in our Stars. The plot didn't grab me as much as the others.
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! This is such a great book. Sad yet wonderful written and incredibly intriguing. Once I started reading it was impossible to put down. A great read that I highly recommend.
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a book that can be easily misinterpreted and has to be read with a critical eye to see subtle issues and ways they are brought up
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Green knocks it out of the park again This book was frustrating but great. I was hooked and loved every bit of it. Highly recommend for anyone who loved FIOS
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from yes YES this is one of the best John Green books
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book! One of my favourite John Green books!
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok The story flows so effortlessly and it has so much originality
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wish list book This book was on my 16 year old niece's wish list for Christmas. She was so happy to get it! just seeing her reaction is why I'm giving this 5 stars.
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok It was a good book, I did enjoy it
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Perfect Y.A novel. In my opinion it is John Green's greatest book!
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST This is the best book i have EVER read. An amazing read and wish there was more books to continue it was super intense and just amazing!
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my faves of his Like all of Green's books, this is pretty overrated, but very well-written and captivating.
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful and poignant This book somehow changed my life. Heartbreaking, profound and raw all at the same time.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth it!! I couldn't put this book down, it was mesmerizing to read!
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This book was very difficult to get into
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from underwhelming the character development is good but the book is boring and predictable
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bit of a Let Down This was a serious downer for a John Green book. The hijinks and humour just weren't enough to balance out the underlining angst and drama. While Paper Towns was a deconstruction of the MPDG/damaged yet beautiful trope, Looking for Alaska feels like the complete opposite of this.
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I need to re-read this, as I rushed through it the first time because I was busy, but nonetheless, I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Overrated My friends recommended this to me as they loved and thought it was spectacular. While it's okay, there's nothing special about it. I prefer John Green's other books.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read the beginning was a bit slow, but when you actually read in the middle, you just can't stop it
Date published: 2017-12-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from ok it was okay didnt really likwe the story but nice writing
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Generally good Pretty good story with interesting and relatable characters.
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Amazing author with great character development.
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting This was an interesting book, I loved it!
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read! Found this book a little slow to start off, but so good when the story picks up pace! #Plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very great read! Another great book by John Green! This book was filled with a wide array of emotions, from laughter to heartfelt feelings. It was filled with such relatable characters and I could not help but feel so attached to them, that I sympathized with their every thought. The story was drawn out with a great buildup of suspense and definitely kept me interested throughout!
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Emotional Fantastic read that will pull at your heart strings #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story! I loved this one so much! The story is great, characters are great as well! What much is needed?
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good It was a good read but took me a while to get through.
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read! Found this book a little slow to start off, but so good when the story picks up pace! #Plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed ! I really enjoyed this book! Everything that happened was so interesting that it kept me reading...so I ended up finishing the book really fast.
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the most impactful books I have read I read this in my last year of high school and five years later is still one of my favourite books.
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed this book. I'm glad I purchased this book.
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best the best jhon green book by far
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A good read It is a beautiful book! But a bit overdramatic and was boring towards the end.
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I've heard I've heard this is a really good book and i can't wait to read it soon! really good gift to give someone #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from cute story I like the story-line as well as the execution, John Green sticks to his usual writing style in this teen fiction novel
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The best John Green book It is unique and it makes you think. At the same time, it makes you carefree.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read A little slow to start off, but a great novel #Plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This book had to be my favourite by John Green. It was sad and funny and happy and all the emotions in one book. Definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite John Green novel! I've read all of John Green's novel and I must say this one has remained my favourite! How he weaves darkness of his story with the lightness of his wit makes this a utter masterpiece. I absolutely recommend this novel.
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed This! An OK read, simple, but interesting enough to keep reading!
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YOU WONT WANT TO PUT THIS BOOK DOWN It was simple yet so interesting. i read this a while ago and I still am in love with this book. This book is for everyone. John Green's writing never seems to fail us. Loved this.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good for youth A good and honest read for YA readers but as an adult I felt like it fell short. If I had read this book at 15 it probably would have fell closer to home
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from John Green's Best Book So Far I read this book at the age of 20 and this is certainly an amazing book for all teenagers and young adults. The characters throughout the novel are relatable in every way and the adversities they face make you take a look at your own life and really make the reader connect with their emotions. The story is heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time.
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book ever This book is so pure and absolutely breath-taking, a work of fine art!
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you read one John Green book, make it Alaska I love John Green and I love TFiOS, but I've always said that Looking for Alaska is the best John Green book. I like to call it "the gateway John Green book." Loved it! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Book! This has to be one of my favourite books... John Green is a genius!
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Heartbreaking John Green never fails to amaze! What beautiful writing and plot!
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Hit for John Green Along with all his other books, this one is a great read. Hauntinly beautiful and heartbreaking as usual.
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The best.. not saying much. This is his best book by far.. but that is not saying much. I continue to read his books despite not liking them.. why? I wonder too.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it If you liked paper towns, you will for sure like this book as I did
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best John Green Book! I must admit that this is my favourite of the John Green novels. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys other John Green novels.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! This book is so interesting and intriguing! I was obsessed with it and could not put it down. It is not my favourite John Green book but it is still really good and I definitely recommend it!
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully tragic Alaska is every girl, curious, scared, and full of wonder, Miles is the friend that every girl wants to have. Their friendship, though it was short was beautiful.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 8th grader me While reading this almost six years ago now, I was so into it. I thought, at the time, it was one of the best books I've ever read. The big event in the middle of the book was spectacular and my young self had never witnessed a book written that way.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good story Overall a pretty good story that explores themes of the loss of innocence in teenagers.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my fav Green I had high expectations for this book. I've heard so much about it for so long. It was the second John Green I read -- after Fault In Our Stars. Definitely paled in comparison. The humour and poignancy just wasn't the same for me. Didn't quite feel much for any of the characters. Actually found some of them rather annoying. Maybe I've aged too far out of the demographic for this one to speak to me the way intended. Though, I've heard this book is on the reading list at colleges/universities too. Pretty meh overall.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this. I am a John Green fan, I absolutely love his books. This book will not disappoint.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking My God did I love this book! The book is centered around an event, being divided into two parts, "before" and "after". It explored many themes I dint realize need exploring, and I could personally relate to the main character, Miles, quite a bit. This is one of my all time favourite books and, one of John Green's best works. You should definitely read it, you wont regret it!!
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Try putting this down... I honestly couldn't. John Green is an amazing author and this book was by far my favourite! I did not expect what was coming and I wish there was more to read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from !!!!!!! This was one of the best books I've ever read! 10/10 would recommend :)
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from interesting book characters and plot were interesting and different. it took me by surprise, i wasn't really expecting this. it left me with a weird feeling at the end, i bought the book thinking it would be something i would reread but it's got a unique feel to it that just makes you not want to reread it? it is a must-read in your lifetime though
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this story Great read. I throughly enjoyed it. Would read it again
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok read the partial arc for this and cant wait to get my hands on the rest soo excited its such an incredible thriller coming from a contemporary writer
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok read the partial arc for this and cant wait to get my hands on the rest soo excited its such an incredible thriller coming from a contemporary writer
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Highly recommend even if you don't normally read fantasy
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! Great characters, great storyline
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from is pretty good its a lot like the fault in our stars but if you like that kind of book its definitely a great book to read!
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it Great characters and plot. A must read
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful very great read and author
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good not my favourite John Green novel, started off very slow #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Novel While it has a sow start, once Looking for Alaska really gets into the swing, you won't be able to put it down. It's beautifully written with many memorable scenes and lines. The characters are dynamic and interesting without being carbon-copies of every other teenager. I would absolutely recommend this book.
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring Alaska is really annoying and the plot is kind of boring. I had to force myself to finish it to get my money's worth.
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wild Book! I cried in the end. I get so emotionally attached to books that I cry. SO I really recommend this book! Amazing and very touching and very wild!
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Book Not only did John Green captivate my attention by keeping me on my toes, getting excited when I am at 1 Day before, his writing style is flawless. This novel tugs at emotions, and is one that I have read numerous times because it never gets old. Not only is it a book for teens, I am 23 and still absolutely enjoy this novel. A must read!
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from i love this this was defiantly my favourite book by John Green i loved it so much, it was a adventure through the eyes of a student. A teen perspective but also very different from any book I've read from a teens perspective.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved this book! I loved this book so much i did a grade 11 english project on it where i had to spend a month disecting it. Definately would reccomend!
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Put it down after 2/3 through. I read right up to shortly after "it" happens, and I completely lost interest with the characters.
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing!! Ive re-read this book many times and still love it. It hits your emotions hard. Don't base the book off your feelings towards the movie because it really doesn't do it justice!
Date published: 2017-09-20
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

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