Looking For Alaska by John GreenLooking For Alaska by John Green

Looking For Alaska

byJohn Green

Hardcover | March 3, 2005

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

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


First drink
First prank
First friend
First girl
Last words

Miles "Pudge" Halter is abandoning his safe-okay, boring-life. Fascinated by the last words of famous people, Pudge leaves for boarding school to seek what a dying Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps."
Pudge becomes encircled by friends whose lives are everything but safe and boring. Their nucleus is razor-sharp, sexy, and self-destructive Alaska, who has perfected the arts of pranking and evading school rules. Pudge falls impossibly in love. When tragedy strikes the close-knit group, it is only in coming face-to-face with death that Pudge discovers the value of living and loving unconditionally.
John Green's stunning debut marks the arrival of a stand-out new voice in young adult 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. ...
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Title:Looking For AlaskaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.75 × 0.92 inPublished:March 3, 2005Publisher:Penguin Young Reader GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0525475060

ISBN - 13:9780525475064

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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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
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

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.

Editorial Reviews

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults Top 10An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young ReadersA 2005 Booklist Editors’ ChoiceA Kirkus Best Book of 2005A 2005 SLJ Best Book of the YearA 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, that readers mourn her loss along with her friends." --SLJ, starred review"...Miles is a witty narrator who manages to be credible as the overlooked kid, but he's also an articulate spokesperson for the legions of teen searching for life meaning (his taste for famous last words is a believable and entertaining quirk), and the Colonel's smarts, clannish loyalties, and 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." --Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review"Readers will only hope that this is not the last word from this promising new author." --Publishers Weekly“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