Looking for AlaskaBook - 2012
Millions of copies sold!
★ Michael L. Printz Award Winner
★ Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
★ NPR's 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels
★ TIME Magazine 's 100 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time
★ New York Times Bestseller
★ USA Today 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.
From Library Staff
John Green's first novel is as funny and heartbreaking as his following books. Miles, a boarding school student, is seeking "the great perhaps"...then he meets the gorgeous, clever Alaska and she steals his heart.
From the critics
AgeAdd Age Suitability
maroon_dog_273 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 25
Erin Elaine McDougall thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over
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'"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."'
"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."
We need never be without hope because we can never be irreparably broken.
"If people were rain, I was a drizzle and she was a hurricane." - Pudge (Miles)
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.
“They love their hair because they're not smart enough to love something more interesting.”
Frightening or Intense Scenes: The point of the story could be intense or frightening for some people.
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.
Sexual Content: a little bit of kissing and one very detailed sex scene
Sexual Content: Consensual, wonderfully awkward and realistically portrayed sex and curiosity.
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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.
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.
Miles "Pudge" Halter goes to Culver Creek boarding school. He meets new friends and discovers life's meaning through his friend, Alaska Young.
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!