Looking for Alaska

Kobo ebook | August 14, 2008

byJohn Green

not yet rated|write a review
The award-winning, genre-defining debut from #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

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

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

After. Nothing is ever the same.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pricing and Purchase Info

$10.99

Available for download
Not available in stores

Looking for Alaska

Kobo ebook | August 14, 2008
Available for download Not available in stores
$10.99

From the Publisher

The award-winning, genre-defining debut from #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our StarsWinner of the Michael L. Printz AwardLos Angeles Times Book Prize FinalistNew York Times bestsellerBefore. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last wor...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:August 14, 2008Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1101434201

ISBN - 13:9781101434208

Customer Reviews of Looking for Alaska

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Superb This book made me question so many things about how I am living my life. I could easily argue that this is John Green's best work.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I really enjoy reading John Green books because he discusses many issues that teenagers face in their everyday lives. As an English teacher, I think this is a great book for secondary students. They seem to be connected to the characters in this book. It also opens the door for teens to discuss the difficult issues in their lives.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it. Very interesting and really involves the reader in determining what the outcome of the situation may be. My imagination ran high while reading this and loved it because may books haven't done that. very realistic and can be applied to real life. Recommend to everyone above the age of 12
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good A lot of teenage related issues explored in this book. The writing is complex and interesting.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This is my favourite book by John Green. So much mystery and suspense, I couldn't put the book down until I was completely done, and once done, I just couldn't stop thinking about it.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's allright Yes, I only gave Looking For Alaska 3 stars. Overall I would have to say this book was good and I wrote down some amazing quotes, because let’s face it, John Green knows how to write. The story was beautiful and tragic, and I can see why so many people like it. I on the other hand didn’t feel a lot of the hype that this book has generated. There are a couple of reasons why I think this is. First, although Alaska is an interesting character, I didn’t particularly like her. Most of the time she kind of annoyed me. I think she suffers from a condition of many John Green characters; that is the pretentious and, at times, whiny teenager. I think another aspect of the book that led to a lower rating was the “insta-love” that occurred once Pudge saw Alaska. I’m not overly opposed to insta-love. Quite the contrary, I actually enjoy a good corny love story as much as the next gal, but sometimes it just gets tiring. Especially when you are expecting so much more than that. I found that the first part of the novel, or the Before part, was somewhat slow and this book didn’t really hook me in right away. However, I think the After part was where it really shone. While I was reading the second half I could see why everyone loved it so much. If you’ve already read this book and you know what happened, you may think I’m strange to like the sadder part of the book better than the happier part, but what can I say? It was just better. This second half was where I got a lot of nice quotes and it is this part that earned the 3 stars. I think with Looking for Alaska the big issue for me was that I was expecting more. I love John Green and I think he is hilarious and extremely smart. Along with the fondness I have for the author, the hype and raving reviews that this book has received made me expect so much more than it actually was. I hate to say it but I did not love this book. But I did kind of like it. I would still recommend it to anyone looking for a good YA fiction novel because most of the population seems to really love this book. You probably will too!
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from i loved this an amazing book
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read Still remains one of my favourite books
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great It was so good and moving. I woudl definatly read it again!
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love this favourite john green book ever
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved Read it after TFIOS, and I wasn't disappointed.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ugh! Every time I read a John green book, I promise myself it will be my last john green book. His writing is amazing however I hate they way he ends his books. It's always a disaster. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This is my favourite John Green book, and it's very underrated (TFIOS isn't THAT great). If you're a fan of Catcher In The Rye, I would definitely recommend this. It has really similar themes, and it's just a really lovely book.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Goooooood Wasn't my favourite but it was good
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Over hyped Not saying that this book is bad, it's just that there's nothing to really get excited about, the characters are alright and the plot is overall pretty boring. Everything is very predictable and honestly not worth really spending your time on.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Teen Read I think I went in with my expectations being a little high. While this book is an excellent read, it was not the magic that I had heard of
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly amazing this book is one of the best books written by John Green. it has unexpected twists and turns that lead to unexpected places. while Looking For Alaska is fiction, it is a very realistic and enjoyable book full of adventure and many different emotions. i would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting a realistic or quick read
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Novel This book is really what made John Green one of my favorite authors. Quick but fantastic read.#plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely I really liked this book. It has to be my favourite of all of John Green's books
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent book Honestly a bit over-hyped for me. Looking for Alaska is the cliché teenage book with a rebellious, "different" girl and a quirky guy who's madly in love with her. Overall, not a bad book but I wouldn't read it again.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I personally love John Green as a writer and this is my favourite book by him. I first read The Fault in Our Stars because of all the hype it was receiving and I immediately looked for more books by him. His style of writing is not for everyone but I love it and continue to read this book over and over. I can't wait for him to publish more.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best John Green Novel!!! Worth all the hype. So happy i picked this up #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Relies on a manic pixie dream girl in a bad way I can't fully explain without spoiling the book, but this book gave me some definite want-to-throw-it vibes by the end. The main character's habit of quoting last words was amusing and quirky, but there are a lot of awkward moments in this book. (Protag seems to not have ever met a poor person before, then he seems to glorify how nice it is to be poor. I don't even know.) Any other John Green book is better, so definitely don't start here.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not my favorite I have read all of John Green's book and this one is not my favorite, but it's not a bad book. Perhaps since it was the last I read from him or because it was really hyped up I went in with too high expectations. Still a good book, with great quotes as always.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Kind of a let down There was a lot of hype around john green and none of his books live up to it. But out of all the the pretty basic books, this one is the only one that has some appeal. It definitely has some funny moment but which really are the only reason this gets 2 stars.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as people make it out to be Now, I'll start off by saying I loved The Fault In Our Stars. But, this one just didn't do it for me. I'm not sure what it was, it just wasn't my type of book. The characters seemed un-relateable and I just didn't like them. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from John Green's Best Novel TRULY AMAZING! When I literally read this book in 48 hours, I could not put it down because it was so good. The characters and the plot drew me in instantaneously. I feel like Alaska's character is probably the most complicated character I've ever come across and it's probably because she was a mystery throughout the whole book. At the end of the book I just wanted to know more about Alaska! I absolutely loved this book and it's my favourite John Green novel. I recommend it to everyone!!
Date published: 2016-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Great book and quick read!
Date published: 2016-02-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow?!?!?? It was so good Honestly, I read this book with low expectations. But then I got HOOKED and then I SOBBED and then I loved it all over again. If your excited for what happens when you get to After(part two) Dont be
Date published: 2016-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book was amazing I loved this book so much!
Date published: 2015-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I've read this books dozens of times, and it never seems to get boring. it has definitely become a favourite and trumped many books I've read.
Date published: 2015-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I fell in love I completely fell in love with this book. Even though its a fair length, it took me a total of two sittings to read it because i was so interested in it. It is very interesting and you really need to read for a long time to find out whats going to happen next. I would for sure recommend this to all my friends.
Date published: 2015-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing!! Amazing book!! I read it last summer and I can't get enough of it!! My friends and I can spend hours talking about this book! John Green is a pure genius and a legend. I highly recommend it if you are into comedy books.
Date published: 2015-10-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good But Overrated This book was pretty good when I first read it. I think that the reason I liked it so much was that it was very hyped up and was the "it" book at the time. All in all, it's a well-written book, but it doesn't stand out for me, and the story is quite predictable.
Date published: 2015-09-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but predicatable It might be the only John Green book I like but it's not even that good. It was super predictable, I don't think I've ever read a more predictable book.
Date published: 2015-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Serene Book was recommended to me by a friend about a year ago now, finished this book about 9 times completely. One of my favorites, recommended to anyone.
Date published: 2015-09-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from its alright Although its a classic book, didn't get past the first chapter at all! didn't see the hype of it, quite the dissapointment
Date published: 2015-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wish it was 5-5 I haven't been a huge fan of John Green's writing, and for majority of this book I didn't think my opinion would change. It wasn't until I read the Readers Guide from the Collectors Edition of this book. There were many questions that I had concerning the writing style of Mr. Green, and his answers definitely gave me a new perspective on his method of writing. Let me share with you one of the questions from the Readers Guide. Alaska wasn't introduced as fully as the other characters even though the book largely centers around the effect she had on people (like the Colonel). Is that intentional? I found this to be quite odd the whole time I was reading the book, and I wrongly assumed it was written unintentionally, making me think wrongly on the author. His answer is exactly what I needed to make me look at the book in a whole new light. I appreciate the intent he has in his writing style, and I actually enjoy the book much more after this specific question. After reading Looking for Alaska, I am probably going to go back and re-read his other books, and give them another try. As for this book, I give it a 4-5. Since the collectors edition with the readers guide was a last minute purchase I realize that the questions I enjoyed so much, were not part of the book, and if it weren't for the questions, I would have a different opinion on this book. I'll probably re-read the book and see if my rating changes from there.
Date published: 2015-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE THIS BOOK i bought this a year or two ago and read it! Loved it so much i read it over 4times now it will be my fifth!! IM IN LOVE WITH THE BOOK I WANT A SECOND BOOK TO THAT
Date published: 2015-06-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Its no Fault in Our Stars not a complete waste, but not great. def my least favourite YA book ive read this year.
Date published: 2015-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book I've ever read! My absolute favorite book of all times! A little rebellious & a little mischievous and an all around damn good book. Thank you John Green for making my life better!
Date published: 2015-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Constantly flipping pages It was one of those books that you just can not put down! that you need to,want to know what happens next.
Date published: 2015-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Book is PHENOMENAL I had heard nothing but good things about John Green's novel, Looking for Alasa, and I am pleased to say that it held itself to the raving rviews I had heard. This book provides an amazing view on how we choose to look at 5he world, always searching for our "great perhaps" kudos to Green for yet again nailing the teenagers point of view.
Date published: 2015-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book!! Josh Green i such an entertaining writer. I literally laughed out loud at some parts of this book. I couldn't put this book down.
Date published: 2015-01-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Annoying Character Dialogue but Probably Good for Teens I am a huge fan of young adult fiction, but there was just something about the characters in this book that I simply could not buy into. There are no teens in the world who think, speak and write the way the three main characters do. I found the dialogue to be completely unbelievable to the point of being incredibly annoying and narcissistic. If you couldn't stand the characters in The Fault In Our Stars for the same reasons, you'll know what I'm talking about. That said, I can imagine being a teenager and romanticizing these kinds of characters who are trying to think "deep" thoughts about life and whatnot, and I can see how a teen could get behind this kind of over the top, trying too hard to sound deep, I-love-how-smart-I-sound kind of conversation. And, to be fair, a lot of the behaviors (sex, drugs, goofing off, studying, etc.) probably are more true to life for teens at a boarding school and young readers would relate well to this, too. But I'm a character driven reader, and if I can't stand the characters it's pretty hard to fall in love with a novel.
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book! This book was so amazing! I cried twice while reading it. It's funny, cute and an overall great read, you will never want to put it down.
Date published: 2015-01-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review Wasn't the best book i've read but if you're interested in mistery and shocking endings, this is the book for you.
Date published: 2015-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I just finished reading it and it is definitely one of the best books I've read! The life-like characters and the plot twists kept me on the edge of my seat. The only complaint is that I was disappointed that it ended!
Date published: 2014-12-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh. Not worth it. I borrowed this book from the library the other day; it only took me about three days to finish it. A friend had recommended it to me, and I have to say I was disappointed. Though it was well-written, the storyline lacked vibrance. The characters were all way too reckless (an inaccurate portrayal of teenagers, which is offensive) and the events were just predictable. I knew exactly what was going to happen; that made it boring. I don't see all the hype about it. That being said, I did like the background given on the characters. The dying quotes were interesting as well.
Date published: 2014-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hooked like a fish I read this in a little over a day, the writing is beautiful and the story plays out perfectly. The characters are all unique in their own ways and form the greatest group of semi-outcasts. Loved this and many more of John Green's books
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Over-Hyped Let me start off by saying, this isn't a bad book. Maybe I went in with my expectations too high. But after reading A Fault In Our Stars, I couldn't help but see so many similarities between the two that it felt as though I was just reading the same overall story in a different setting. If you haven't read A Fault In Our Stars, then I would definitely recommend reading this, but in my opinion, Looking For Alaska isn't the stronger of the two. I decided to buy this book after read so many positive reviews and how "life changing" it was. After finishing it, I didn't see what all the hype was about. It was an easy read, and the way the chapters are organized is neat and original ("XX days before", instead of "Chapter XX"), but I couldn't bring myself to like it as much as everyone else. The characters were decent, but I think my biggest annoyance was that I couldn't get everyone's fascination with Alaska in general. In my opinion, she's just made out to be so much greater than she actually is ("Alaska did this", "Alaska made that", "It's only because of Alaska that this happened", "That wouldn't be the same without Alaska".. you get my point). Miles is "falling" for her, but it's brought up more than once that she's difficult, and the guys get sick of her constant moodiness. The only reason why he likes her is apparently all to do with her appearance, and I guess because she likes literature and poetry. In my opinion, that's just lust, no real romance or love behind it. I found that there were a few things that the characters did that I thought were stupid, and I just couldn't justify their reasons for doing some of those things (but, they're young and dumb, so maybe that's why). Overall, I felt more detached from the characters than I would've liked, as though I was just reading the book out of curiosity about what happens next, but not because I absolutely had to, or that I cared enough about the characters. After about two thirds through the book (a little after "it" happens), I felt that I could probably put down the book at any time and stop reading the story. It was a bit of a slow read after that, and I can only actually remember only about two things that happened after. I found that one of the main differences between TFIOS and LFA was that, in the former, you were taken through the story alongside the main character; you felt her sorrow, joy, and her anger, and it was easy to connect to the characters. In the latter, you are going through the story with the main character, who is going through the struggles of another character; there's just too much separation from the raw emotion, for the most part (it could also be just me, maybe others can feel that connection to the story that I didn't). But other than that, this read like another TFIOS story; philosophical boy meets philosophical girl, they fall in love, something big happens, one character changes the other's life. If you want to read this, then I recommend reading it before you read TFIOS, and I hope you enjoy it more than I did. If you've read TFIOS, then I recommend skipping this one or borrowing it from a friend. Thanks for reading my review, sorry if it's all over the place, I just wrote it as I went :p
Date published: 2014-11-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Over-Hyped Let me start off by saying, this isn't a bad book. Maybe I went in with my expectations too high. But after reading A Fault In Our Stars, I couldn't help but see so many similarities between the two that it felt as though I was just reading the same overall story in a different setting. If you haven't read A Fault In Our Stars, then I would definitely recommend reading this, but in my opinion, Looking For Alaska isn't the stronger of the two. I decided to buy this book after read so many positive reviews and how "life changing" it was. After finishing it, I didn't see what all the hype was about. It was an easy read, and the way the chapters are organized is neat and original ("XX days before", instead of "Chapter XX"), but I couldn't bring myself to like it as much as everyone else. The characters were decent, but I think my biggest annoyance was that I couldn't get everyone's fascination with Alaska in general. In my opinion, she's just made out to be so much greater than she actually is ("Alaska did this", "Alaska made that", "It's only because of Alaska that this happened", "That wouldn't be the same without Alaska".. you get my point). Miles is "falling" for her, but it's brought up more than once that she's difficult, and the guys get sick of her constant moodiness. The only reason why he likes her is apparently all to do with her appearance, and I guess because she likes literature and poetry. In my opinion, that's just lust, no real romance or love behind it. I found that there were a few things that the characters did that I thought were stupid, and I just couldn't justify their reasons for doing some of those things (but, they're young and dumb, so maybe that's why). Overall, I felt more detached from the characters than I would've liked, as though I was just reading the book out of curiosity about what happens next, but not because I absolutely had to, or that I cared enough about the characters. After about two thirds through the book (a little after "it" happens), I felt that I could probably put down the book at any time and stop reading the story. It was a bit of a slow read after that, and I can only actually remember only about two things that happened after. I found that one of the main differences between TFIOS and LFA was that, in the former, you were taken through the story alongside the main character; you felt her sorrow, joy, and her anger, and it was easy to connect to the characters. In the latter, you are going through the story with the main character, who is going through the struggles of another character; there's just too much separation from the raw emotion, for the most part (it could also be just me, maybe others can feel that connection to the story that I didn't). But other than that, this read like another TFIOS story; philosophical boy meets philosophical girl, they fall in love, something big happens, one character changes the other's life. If you want to read this, then I recommend reading it before you read TFIOS, and I hope you enjoy it more than I did. If you've read TFIOS, then I recommend skipping this one or borrowing it from a friend. Thanks for reading my review, sorry if it's all over the place, I just wrote it as I went :p
Date published: 2014-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! This book was fantastic! I really loved all the ups and downs in this book... The witty dialogue made me laugh out loud:)
Date published: 2014-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Looking for a great novel? Looking for Alaska is a great boarding-school YA novel, complete with hijinx, unrequited crushes, unusual cafeteria food, and best of all, perhaps, great pranks. It's also a coming-of-age story for Miles, the protagonist, as he learns to deal not only with living away from home, but responsibility and life's great mysteries. At times funny and heartbreaking, Looking for Alaska is an excellent debut novel. (DFTBA!)
Date published: 2014-11-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from True YA I decided to read this book after adoring The Fault in Our Stars. I'm definitely not YA or the target audience, but that didn't seem to matter in TFIOS. That said, I found this book disappointing. It lacked all of the pithy dialogue I loved so much in the earlier novel. I also wasn't as drawn to these characters, even though they all suffer in their own ways. I would say skip this one, and pick up TFIOS instead.
Date published: 2014-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a personal favorite! Dare I say I liked this better than The Fault in our Stars?
Date published: 2014-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read This book had me hooked from the beginning. A great story of friendship, adventure, love and loss. Another great read by John Green!
Date published: 2014-09-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it Is it good book and I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2014-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME BOOK! This was my second John Green book (after absolutely loving The Fault in our Stars), and it did NOT disappoint!!! I laughed, I cried, and just loved it! Very hard to put down - a stellar book!
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book Looking for Alaska is truly an amazing story, john green writes beautifully and like nobody before, i love all of the books ive read by John green
Date published: 2014-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite John Green book This book is amazing. I cried and laughed when I read it. I absolutely adore the characters who are just so free; it makes me jealous. READ IT.
Date published: 2014-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I read this book a month ago, and it was perfect! If you liked The Fault In Our Stars, you'll definitely love this book! It's exhilarating, vigorous and hard to put down! Most importantly, it's realistic and easy to relate to! There's many ups and downs but I have nothing negative to say about the book!
Date published: 2014-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "How will I ever get out of this labyrinth?" I have so much to say about this books, but I feel like my words won't be able to express them. I had picked up Looking for Alaska after I had finished The Fault in Our Stars, my first thoughts towards the book were that it would be an adorable novel like The Fault in Our Stars was. I was completely wrong. With Looking for Alaska I found myself thinking about how many people are living in difficult situations and what they're going through or have been through. Maybe they're living in poverty or have addictions that they can't live with, situations like these are not a laughing matter. That goes the same with this book, while reading this I was forced to rethink about how I saw people. The thing with John Green's books are that no matter the topic for his books, they will somewhat change you. With The Fault in Our Stars it changed how I saw people living with cancer, instead of feeling bad for them I now see them living with strength and courage. In Looking for Alaska the was I saw people living in a labyrinth changed. I learnt even with help, family and friends some people just can't live in the labyrinth anymore and just have to find a way out. On a upside to Looking for Alaska I loved the subtile things that John would have here and there. Like the story of Alaska and her books. I've taken such an understanding to this that it shocks me. No matter how long we live our lives, there will always be books we haven't read and will never read. To think of this to me is just devastating, but we can still at least try. Looking for Alaska is emotionally conflicting read, it reaches out to it reader and makes them realize and see things they probably wouldn't have known without being in someone else's shoes or learning their story. I am glad I picked it up and look forward to my next John Green read.
Date published: 2014-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So sad but so amazing
Date published: 2014-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book is amazing. I honestly love it so much. I sobbed.
Date published: 2014-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looking for alaska So amazing!!!! Characters were well developed it was just an amazing read:
Date published: 2014-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING BOOK! This book was one of my favorites, definitely a good read !
Date published: 2014-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looking for alaska This is one of the best books i have ever read! i love the plot line to it and it kind of leaves the book wanting more which also sucks because it was so good! i never got bored of this book there was always something intriguing in every chapter in there.
Date published: 2014-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Kind of Different I enjoyed the book, obviously its the kind of book where you begin to slowly predict the outcome but I did not expect such little description and just obsessive dialogue in the "After" portion of the novel. Regardless, it was a good read and I am officially a John Green fan.
Date published: 2014-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! This book was simply amazing! I couldn't put it down! It had so many good quotes in it and really made you think! I admit I did cry but then again...what good book doesn't make you cry? John Green is truly an amazing author! I recommend this book for sure :)
Date published: 2014-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but prefer TFIOS This is not a book to Alaska. But a story of love and death, leaving u tears. Somehow I hope the story will have a better ending.
Date published: 2014-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read I was surfing the internet one night and came across a quote from this book. I read it twice and bought the book immediately. The characters are so incredible, the depth at which you get to know them is incredible. Thank you John Green for an amazing read that keeps you wondering, even after the last page.
Date published: 2014-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My thoughts on Looking for Alaska I am no critic. I am no author. I am simply just a girl. I am a girl that loves to read. I am a girl that loves to learn. I am a girl that loves to laugh and I am a girl that loves to live my life. I loved to read this book. I loved to learn about the characters. I often times laughed while reading this book (at least in the before part). However, while reading this book I was unable to live my life because I would stay up all night and not be able to operate during the day. Simply a great book. Simply a great author. Simply a great read. I recommend it to all you people out there looking for a book. Just practice self restraint and don't stay up too late like me. Enjoy!
Date published: 2014-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I Got theirs book a few months ago because a friend strongly recommended to me so I just had to get it. This book was just amazing, it's the type of book where you can't put it down kind. I loved how the story was plotted. But just a warning for people who are planing to buy this there will be some course words (which I really liked), and a box of tissues for the near end because you will defiantly cry like I did. John green is a wonderful writer, I am NOT going to put spoilers in my review like some people do so all in all get the book and find it out your selfs in strongly recommend this book.  
Date published: 2014-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My thoughts on Looking for Alaska Usually books and movies have a tendency to exaggerate or write down thing that would never happen, and make characters do stupid things. But in Looking for Alaska there is an amazing and crazy plot with real-life characters. Who could be someone you bump into on the street. It is amazing.
Date published: 2014-02-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from My thoughts on Looking for Alaska Enjoyable, quick read, but far from the engaging, stunning read everyone led me to believe it would be.
Date published: 2014-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book I cannot begin to describe how lovely this book is.  It is one of my all time favourites for sure and definitely my favourite John Green book.  This book really pulls at your heartstrings and wrenches your emotions; I think it's truly impossible to not get caught up in the world of Culver Creek Boarding School.  I can ensure you now that this book will stay with you forever, it has certainly done so for me.
Date published: 2014-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My thoughts on Looking for Alaska I know a lot of people will probably come to "Looking For Alaska" because of "The Fault In Our Stars" but LFA is definitely my favourite John Green book. Atmospheric, witty, intelligent, thought-provoking. It's all you could ask for in a book.
Date published: 2014-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My thoughts on Looking for Alaska some people are careless, and in an adrenaline-fueled all-caps teen reviewing frenzy, will inadvertently give a major spoiler for this book. avoid these people, even though ordinarily, they are pretty cool. this is a really well-written teen fiction book. i mean, it won the printz award, i'm not discovering america here. i think i wanted to emphasize that it definitely reads like a book intended for a teen audience. and i think that me as a teen would have numbered this among my very favorite books. however, as an adult, there are a lot of years between me and the characters in this book, and i have read a lot more books than the average teen, so i am mostly jaded and ruined, but imagine me discovering this at say, 13... 1) a group of smart kids going to boarding school who read all the time and take pleasure in learning and have hundreds of books and quote marquez and rabelais. karen would have loved to have had friends like these 2) emotionally unstable female lead who is mysterious and changeable who is not afraid of her sexuality but doesn't use it all the time to get what she wants who says tough and dramatic things like "y'all smoke to enjoy it. i smoke to die" (thirteen year old karen loves this line, grown up karen rolls her eyes) 3) drinking and smoking and fornicating that do not lead to bad grades and ruined lives. there are other causes for those things... 4) blow job tips. 'nuff said 5) brief crash course in eastern religions that would have been so exotic to small town karen. and the structure would have been novel to young karen: countdown leading up to the event then countdown leading away from it. very cool. so i see why the kids like it. and i liked it, too, but i think it would have been more important and surprising and enchanting to me as a kid - all the first love and first loss type stuff, all the unwritten behavioral codes between the teens and the authority figures, and the slow unravel of a mystery. very cool. but i have a question. and it is a spoiltastic question, so i am going to put up a barrier of images to protect anyone who has not read it, and wants to. these will be subliminal suggestions that are so subtle you won't even know what is happening...dude, seriously - why didn't jake go to alaska's funeral?? there is no reason for him not to have and there is absolutely no explanation given. it makes it easier for the author, yeah, to not have to write a confrontation scene between jake and pudge, and to have the mystery unravel more slowly, but it makes zero sense for someone so in love with his girl to not go to her funeral. seriously. dumb. i will accept any private messages about this, to keep the thread spoiler-free, but until john green tells me why, i am going to say "dumb"(less)
Date published: 2014-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My thoughts on Looking for Alaska Fantastic novel. Thought provoking. Storyline moves in a good pace. But a novel for geeks - nerds; although I'm sure there are things in it for everyone.
Date published: 2014-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT BOOK!!! Amazing book that takes you on a journey through romance. I recommend READING IT!!
Date published: 2013-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfection? I think yes. This books is absolutely amazing defiantly breathed life back into it's genre. While reading, i laughed, cried, gasped and felt so connected to the presented characters. Even the philosophical elements of the novel will have you reflecting upon your own life and the manner in which you overcome affliction. It was so hard to put this book down while reading, kept me interested from beginning to end! An amazing novel that i would recommend to anyone seeking a good read. One of my favorite books.
Date published: 2013-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Meaningful and wonderfully written I thoroughly enjoyed this novel although it lacked action and a "problem". But the words were so precisely chosen and I even highlighted quite a few nice quotes that I found while reading. AND I NEVER DID THAT BEFORE. I usually like action-packed books but somehow I kept being drawn to continue reading. John Green developed Alaska's character really well in the first half of the novel and during the second half, I missed her a lot. The many quotes I highlighted were very deep and meaningful. They make me think and ponder my beliefs and life. They make me think about aspects of life I've never thought about before. Like how to escape the labyrinth of suffering. Loved this book. I'd like to study it in more detail. But I'm also going to read the Fault in our Stars. :)
Date published: 2013-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Unexpected Love! People kept recommending this book, and I really was not interested. It seemed very high schoolish for me. Since I graduated too many years I want to admit to strangers, I didn't want those high school stories about surviving in one piece, high school is long over for me. But people kept recommending so I thought I'd take a quick read through. I mean it does have a reward. The first chapter is distant, I couldn't connect to the book, I almost put it down but I thought, give it one more chapter. Once the main character moved into his new school and began making these interesting friends, I was hooked. I throughly enjoyed the honesty of the author. He didn't write a hollywood story where you think to yourself, wouldn't it be cool if life were like that. I found this novel refreshing. I was interested to know what the before/after titles were about and the author throws in a little bit of everything in this book. Alcohol, drugs, sex, friends, romance and even mystery. I am not sure I'd recommend this to young audiences as it portrays cigarettes and alcohol in a certain acceptable light, parents should read before giving this to their young adults. Anyone in high school would be more than ready to read about the issues brought up in the book. Great read, give it a chance!
Date published: 2013-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not bad, Not bad at all So I read the book in three days, but that's all in a night's work for an insomniac. It's not the great book everyone says it is, but it's a pretty good book. I liked Alaska, going by my track record she seems like the kind of girl I would go out with, thankfully without the ending. All in all not a bad book, if you got some time on your hands you should read this book.
Date published: 2013-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A remarkable book! "Looking For Alaska" is about a boy named Miles who enters his first year at Culver Creek Boarding School. It's there that his once boring life at home becomes quite exciting due to the people he meets and experiences he has. Miles goes through it all: meeting new people, studying really hard, pranking other students, smoking and drinking for the first time, talking about sex etc. It's also a place where he falls in love with the beautiful Alaska Young. She teaches him about love, art, poetry, books and generall what's "cool". Then something happens that Alaska hasn't prepared him for, and Miles has to navigate through it the best way he can. This is a story about a young boy coming into his own and venturing out of the safe "nest" of home, however it's also about a group of friends who, through a difficult time, develop compassion and respect for each other. This is possibly the most honest narrative of a 15 year old boy I have ever read, and I would compare the style similar to "Perks of Being a Wallflower." I'm an employee at Indigo BAY and BlOOR in Toronto, and this book is my staff pick. I encourage YOU to pick it up. This book will have you totally engaged with the characters and story, and then, at times, it will leave you completely breathless.
Date published: 2013-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I had so much pleasure reading this book! This is a total must read! Beatifuly written, the hole story is amazing. I've never felt much while reading books, but this book... WOW! You are missing out on a lot if you've haven't read it.
Date published: 2013-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, Touching, Forever Life Changing/Challenging.... I just finished reading this book ‘Looking for Alaska’ and basically it could have been labelled “Looking for Answers”, the characters in the book have so many questions, yet so few answers and I don’t know about you, but I’ve felt like that for a while. Though the book didn’t give any answers, it felt right. Think of this book like a security blanket. If you’re lost, or upset, confused as a child you hold your security blanket, or your teddy, or your favourite stuffed animal and you just feel better. This book is like that. I truly enjoyed this book and I can honestly say my review doesn’t give it justice. My review is also very vague, but I wanted it to read like poetry, like the book does, so I wrote it that way. This book has everything- you can only know what I mean by reading it, but it will bring about such raw emotions you forgot words could bring- laughter, tears, anger, hope, confusion….and most of all acceptance. I know acceptance isn’t an emotion, but if I had to choose one word/emotion/thing/place that this book brought me to it would be acceptance. Acceptance is based on my life as it currently is, maybe this book will bring you something else. Read it and find out, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Date published: 2013-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing. Beautiful. Inspiring. Real. Looking For Alaska is an amazing book that made me smile, laugh, cry, and appreciate my life and everything in it. There are many questions asked that make you wonder about life and the choices we make. The best part of the book was the writing. Ive heard a lot of great things about this book, which is why I bought it, and now I am definitly looking for more books by this author. John Green wrote Looking For Alaska beautifly, expressing each character and their feelings in an unspeakable way. The Before part really introduced me to Pudges character, but the After part answerd questions I came across about such things as the way Pudge and his friends think and act. The Before and After aspect of this book constantly kept me wondering what happened in which the Before and After parts were surrounding. Even though I had a guess-which turned out to be right-before reading this book, it still kept me wondering the event which takes place. Looking For Alaska is a great book which I, and most teenagers, can relate to, except for some parts I hope no one will ever experence. I love this book for that reason: It is relatable and real. The details and descriptions of the scenes, characters and events are incredible. There are questions that you ponder across when reading this book. Things that are not just stated word-for-word. If you read between the lines, you will find many different viwes and questions about life itself, and making decisions. I think this is the biggest thing which kept my head in this book, which kept me turning the pages. I absolutly love this book. It's not just about love, its about something bigger. Its about how you would deal with these situations, and about how we can get out of this labyrinth, also known as life.
Date published: 2012-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, wonderful read! (CONTAINS SPOILERS) Looking for Alaska was an amazing book. I really didn’t know what to expect when I started it – or when I picked it up. I needed a book with a place name in the title for one of my challenges and John Green’s book had good reviews, so I went from there. The book is about Miles who’s life hasn’t been anything spectacular. He doesn’t have any friends, he’s never had a girlfriend, and he’s really never experienced anything in life. His favourite thing is reading biographies to find out what a person’s last words were and in his reading he finds Francois Rabelais’s last words: “I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” For that reason, he decides to leave home to a Preparatory school called Culver Creek. His father also attended the school, knowing that it was famous for always pulling pranks throughout the year. Miles’ parents throw him a goodbye party – which only 2 people attend, not showing any interest at all (something Miles figured would happen – no surprise to him) – and then Miles is off. While at Culver Creek, his world is changed. He immediately becomes friends with Chip ‘The Colonel’ Martin, who gives Miles the nickname Pudge (an ironic name since Miles sounds to be built like a stick). From there, he meets the beautiful Alaska Young and falls in love with her. Finally having a life, having friends, even getting a girlfriend, Miles’ world seems greater than it ever has. And then something happens that changes it forever. … I would not have pegged this to be YA fiction because as I was reading it the characters just seemed so much older than high school kids, but YA or not, this book was amazing. Green has a knack for building something up and this is masterfully done via the layout of the book. We start with ‘Before’ and each part in this section is titled by how many days Before. As the reader, I knew something was up but I couldn’t pinpoint what it would be until the last few pages of Before. Next comes ‘After’, where the mood changes, but not too much. There isn’t an anticipation for anything since we’re in After, but as the reader I was intrigued the whole way through. Dealing with sadness, guilt, forgiveness, anger – all with humour sprinkled throughout – Green crafts a book that makes us, the readers, really think about what it means to be alive. Yes, there is drugs, smoking, sex, pranks, drinking, religion, etc. which may not be suitable for some teens (I’ve heard the book has been challenged due to this) but even with all the “bad stuff” there is plenty good in this book: love, friendship, trust, faith. Looking for Alaska reads very easily – though the subject matter changes throughout. The dialogue is fresh and funny – nothing seems forced – and the characters are believable and relatable. This is one book where I don’t want to give out any spoilers because it was just so well done. I ended it loving all the characters and am interested to check out more works by Green. Looking for Alaska made me think of Catcher in the Rye meets Into the Wild meets The Virgin Suicides. It was just a spectacular read!
Date published: 2012-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking Once in a while you pick up a story... a story that you do not expect to change you or make any impact on your life. Unfortunately that is exactly what this novel does; It changes the way your perceive things from when you first picked up the novel to when you turned the last page. It allows you to fall in love and grow with the characters. You may, like me, cry laugh and experience the wonder that is this story. An amazing, beautiful read.
Date published: 2011-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read. First of all, let me just start off saying this is an AMAZING book. I read it and from the beginning to about the middle of the book, it's funny and smart and sometimes even awkward (In a funny sort of way). Then you get to the middle of the book and it is so sad (Not going to spoil anything) i'm a guy and I ALMOST cried. I absolutely love this book and would recommend it to almost anyone. (It does have some parts not suitable for younger kids but I'd say if your 13 you should be good to go.) 5/5.
Date published: 2011-02-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad at all. I bought this book having an idea of what would happen. I read a review for it that gave away the major plot aspects...which kind of ruined the suspense for me. Despite that, I bought the book anyway and I liked it. What I really found original was Mile's love of "famous last words". Throughout the story he mentions a lot famous people's last words...which I thought was great. Apparantly the author John Greene has an interest in "famous last words" so he incorporated it into Miles character. I think if I didn't read the review that spoiled the book for me I would have found it much more exciting. Unfortunatelyly I had of an idea what what was always around the corner. The syle of the book was neat. Every chapter is titled with the number of days before. For instance, the first chapter is titled "One-Hundred Thirty-Six Days Before". It keeps it up the suspense and makes you wonder "One-Hundred Thirty-Six Days Before WHAT?!" It's a good book. Not bad at all. There were a lot of quotes by the caracters that I really made me smile. I might even check out some other books by Green.
Date published: 2011-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Looking For Alaska by John Green http://insubstanial.blogspot.com/2010/09/looking-for-alaska-by-john-green.html Blog for Book Reviews
Date published: 2010-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It made a male friend cry. As a female, I am always interested in glimpsing into the male pysche. That's was the driving factor as to why I bought this book. There are very few things in life that come on as strongly, but anything that can bring a man to tears is a ringing endorsment to if I've ever heard one.. I'm glad I decided to satisfy my curiousity. This book was funny, irreverent, sweet and , at some points, philosophical. An interesting coming of age story. And although it didn't make me cry, it's still highly recommended.
Date published: 2009-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looking For Alaska This was the best, book i've read all year. I couldn't stop reading it. At first i though it was just another stupid book that i was just reading for the heck of it. But this book blew me away. I've never read anything like it. A MUST READ
Date published: 2009-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Run and pick this one up right now! WOW! I can not praise this book enough. It left me competely speechless. This book is life changing, inspiring and will make you deeply think. You'll laugh and cry with the characters. I loved the concept of the labyrinth and all the other questions this book raises. This is a must read and is one of the best books I've read. I have great expectations from the talented John Green and can't wait to start on his other novels. Seriously go pick this one up!
Date published: 2009-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a highly recommended read this book is amazing, i would call it one of my favourite books i've read so far. I think that the complexity and excitement of the storyline really gets to you, i swear it does. I went back to school the next day after reading this book, complaining about my boring live. Although there is loss, it is a lighthearted book, cleverly written .. and definately taps into the mind of a teenager
Date published: 2009-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review by Michelle Cody Independent Reading: Sharing Your Ideas April 22,2009 Looking for Alaska If there is one thing this novel taught me was how you discover one’s own self-image, your relationships, your values, your fears, you passion and overall, yourself. This novel follows the life of a boy named Miles Halter, a high school student who decides to go to the Alabaman boarding school. Miles is the type of chap who was not use to be being in a “gang” in the past. One he arrives at his new school he is introduced to his roommates, Chip (the colonel) has the charm and the brains. Thankfully for Miles he is soon involved with Chip’s group of friends and gets himself into very rebellious acts. Where the teenagers take part in smoking, drinking, and sex leading themselves into a lot of trouble. This doesn’t happen very fast later on they started to accept Miles to be apart of the group of friends. This group is very unique within with Chip the brains; Takumi the Japanese Kid; and Alaska the queen bee the most beautiful girl always in the room. It doesn’t take long for Miles to become head over heels with Alaska. Alaska is not only rebellious and beautiful but she is also smart and loves to read. Miles knows this because when sitting in her room Miles observes all the novels surrounding the area. “Her library filled her bookshelves and then overflowed into waist-high stocks of book everywhere, piled haphazardly the walls. If just one of them oved, I thought, the domino effect could engulf the three of us in an asphyxiating mass of literature.” The author though wrote this book in magnificent way because the book is divided into two parts the first part is called “before” and the second part is called “after”. This allows the reader to know a something very dramatic is going to happen. Also each chapter begins with a title for example: “eighty-nine days before”. I personally feel the author of this book (John Green) is truly an amazing writer to write a novel being told in first person about a sixteen year old boy and making it sound so touching yet compelling at the time. It is especially poignant to me, as a teenager, because I am able to relate to the trials and delight I face in my own life. Overall this is a great book for any teenager or young adult to read. I strongly recommend this novel because “it deals with what makes us human the problems, the triumphs, the decisions.”
Date published: 2009-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring! Looking For Alaska is one of my all-time favourite books. John Green showed how life can change instantly. I recommend this book to anyone!
Date published: 2009-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life altering this book along with the perks of being a wallflower truly changed the way i look at everything around me. it shows you how precious the small things in live are, and how devastating the big things can be. i recommend it to anyone with an open mind.
Date published: 2008-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greatest book ever! This is my favorite book of all time! If you havent read it yet, you HAVE to go out to Chapters and read it! It's about a boy who leaves his uneventful life behind to go to a boarding school. There he falls in love with a girl who shows him what life is really about.
Date published: 2008-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really great. I picked this book up because it was mentioned in Meg Cabot's blog as one of those books that is banned all the time. It is very sad that it is banned because it is an amazing book which just feels so real. There is sexual content, and some drinking and some drugs but not that much of anything compared to many books today. It is so well written. Pudge goes off to private school and meets Alaska - a gorgeous girl, who pulls pranks, and gets moody and that he adores. We know something happens but we don't know what. The first part of the book is so many days before for each chapter and the last part of the book is after. I really loved this book.
Date published: 2008-04-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This Could be a Great Movie I love picking something up off the shelf at the grocery store and finding a literary gem. My first thought actually was that this would make a great coming of age movie. Outside of that, I loved the way the story is written out as the Before and After, with a moment in time changing the way we see things. I also loved how the author tied in the famous last words throughout the story. Loved it! :)
Date published: 2008-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Changing I can honestly say that this book changed my perspective on life entirely as a teenager, i was completly inspired by this book. Don't even bother reading anymore reviews, just go and buy it.
Date published: 2006-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Indescribable I'm compelled to say that this book changed my life. The honest, true-to-life characters with all their little quirks; added to the subtly poetic language; added to a highly engaging plotline that makes you want to turn pages quicker than ever before; added to deep, life-altering questions - make this novel one of the best I've ever read.
Date published: 2005-11-09