Looking For Alaska

Looking For Alaska

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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.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Publisher: New York : Dutton Books/Penguin, c2005
ISBN: 9780525475064
0525475060
Branch Call Number: YA GREE
Characteristics: 221 pages ; 21 cm

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Ashleyperez_0
Apr 16, 2019

I like many others made the mistake of watching the movies before reading the books and as the old saying goes, the book is better than the movies. This time I turned it around and took it upon myself to read all of John Green's genius books. This books like the last three I've read have been, to put it simply amazing. The ending was not what I expected but like all his other books its unbelievably raw and realistic, it's not some fairy tail ending because this is real life and I love that about his books. All in all it was a great read. Beautiful as always.

CarleeMcDot Feb 23, 2019

Yet another book I'm not exactly sure how it ended up on my "must read" list, but I do know I have enjoyed others by this same author (Turtles all the Way Down, The Fault in the Stars, Paper Towns, etc). After the somewhat serious books I had been reading recently, I welcomed this young adult novel. Don't get me wrong, it still had its dark sides, but I think the overall feel was a little more lighthearted (or at least there was more of that thrown in throughout the story). I was able to read this book in an afternoon and couldn't really put it down. I really liked how it was set up as a "before and after", it kept you engaged and interested to find out what the turning point in the story would be and then how the characters would move past it. This is definitely a different take on a "coming of age" story, and I can see why schools are using it in their curriculum. The characters all felt real, raw and relatable. I wouldn't say it was a tearjerker (it may had been a little predictable), but it definitely gave me the feels. I would give it an 8 out of 10.

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psneathen
Feb 13, 2019

Found it!

IndyPL_NicoleN Oct 26, 2018

I was surprised that I loved Looking for Alaska as much as I did. This story shows a group of teens at a boarding school and their many pranks, but also how they relate before and after a tragic event. Readers will be able to relate to this coming-of-age story in so many ways.

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JennyS24
Aug 01, 2018

I have read this book quite a few times and I have a blast every single time. I recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, different coming of age story.

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shangz
Jul 04, 2018

I read It all in one really long sitting.
looking for Alaska is probably my favourite John Green book.
it started out fun, then BOOM, everything changed! it was amazing

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night_shadow_8
Apr 30, 2018

Awesome read! I loved it and I kept thinking that Alaska will pop out of nowhere and say that this was just a big prank. I loved it.

Sug_Smith Mar 25, 2018

Absolutely beautiful novel. The eloquence with which John Green writes is astounding, not to mention the way he creates characters that feel real, and communicates major life themes and lessons to a younger audience with clarity. So much emotion is evoked throughout the story in a way that other YA novels fail to.

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selenium_rhino_0
Aug 28, 2017

Unlike a comment I saw previously, this book wasn't exactly set up to be unpredictable but for the execution of the ending to be tear-jerking. Can't say that it was exactly that tear-jerking.

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amylee290
Jul 16, 2017

Not super exciting..but okay.

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Apr 13, 2019

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Dec 25, 2015

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maroon_dog_273
Oct 16, 2015

maroon_dog_273 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 25

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VV12
Oct 07, 2015

VV12 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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ALEXKNIGHT3
Sep 21, 2015

ALEXKNIGHT3 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Erin Elaine McDougall thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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KeenaL
Aug 08, 2016

"'Y'all smoke to enjoy it. I smoke to die."'

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KeenaL
Aug 08, 2016

'"Francois Rabelais. He was a poet. And his last words were, 'I go to seek a Great Perhaps.' That's why I'm going. So I don't have to wait until I die to start seeking a Great Perhaps."'

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danaefell
Jul 11, 2016

"So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane."

Laura_X Feb 05, 2016

We need never be without hope because we can never be irreparably broken.

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ALEXKNIGHT3
Sep 21, 2015

"I go to seek a great perhaps." -Pudge (Miles)

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ALEXKNIGHT3
Sep 21, 2015

"If people were rain, I was a drizzle and she was a hurricane." - Pudge (Miles)

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staue
Sep 14, 2015

"For the love of God, shave your back!" - The Colonal

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tomadou1
Jul 20, 2015

So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.

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paytonm20
Jul 10, 2015

MAUI WOWIE!
-Alaska

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Reeana
Jul 07, 2015

“They love their hair because they're not smart enough to love something more interesting.”

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Herrick_Training
Feb 13, 2019

Coarse Language: Uses a lot of swears

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ALEXKNIGHT3
Sep 21, 2015

Other: There is some smoking and substance abuse throughout.

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ALEXKNIGHT3
Sep 21, 2015

Sexual Content: There are a couple scenes throughout the story that would be catorgized as innapropirate and sexual. There is one scene in particular that is not sutiable for people under the age of 14 at least. I read this when i was about 12 and it wasn't appropriate and I didn't quite understand what was happening.

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ALEXKNIGHT3
Sep 21, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The point of the story could be intense or frightening for some people.

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ALEXKNIGHT3
Sep 21, 2015

Coarse Language: There is quite a bit of cussing throughout as well.

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Nymeria23
Aug 12, 2014

Other: Repeated smoking and drinking of characters

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Catherine_Sui
Oct 22, 2013

Sexual Content: a little bit of kissing and one very detailed sex scene

EuSei Jul 09, 2013

Sexual Content: "Consensual" sex between minor children!

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mh_reads
Jun 12, 2013

Coarse Language: Lots of coarse words

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mh_reads
Jun 12, 2013

Sexual Content: This title contains sexual content

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A young boy looking for love making sure it never dies.

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paytonm20
Jul 10, 2015

Miles has just moved to a new boarding school where he meets Chip "The colonel", Takumi the hip hop enthusiast and the gorgeous Alaska. As Miles starts to fall for Alaska and pull pranks with her, something tragic happens that shakes Miles world.

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r3fusingtosink
Jul 02, 2015

cool

A beautiful novel that is truly indescribable. It's filled with laughter, sadness but also hope. It opens your eyes to see more than what's on the outside. To not just look, but to really see.

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rock_on
Jun 29, 2013

Miles "Pudge" Halter goes to Culver Creek boarding school. He meets new friends and discovers life's meaning through his friend, Alaska Young.

_infuse_ Jun 05, 2012

Looking for Alaska is really about the great adventure of Miles in a prep school in Albama. Miles is your average kid, with grades, some friends, basically normal in most ways that a 16 year old can be! The thing is Miles, is known for memorizing the last words of famous people, and this search eventually leads him to search for his Great Perhaps, (his real adventure/meaning in life. After moving to the prep school, Miles meets Colonel, Takumi, and the unique Alaska Young! Miles' whole life is turned upside down through his many adventures with this crew.Between life of a pressured 16 year old, and just trying to discover how to "escape from this labyrinth of sufferring" Miles' has his hands full!

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