Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska

By John Green

  • Release Date: 2005-03-03
  • Genre: Coming of Age
Score: 4.5
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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

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.


  • bayside taxi

    By Cdappydn
    The title of this review has little to nothing to do with the actual review. i just saw it on the back of the car while thinking of what to title this and it seemed better than anything i could think of in the moment. i would first like to say that i loved this book very much, yet i would like to know if the death of Alaska Young was in fact suicide. I appreciate knowing what happens to the characters after her death, and i know that a book ends and the characters no longer exist. you know what happened, or maybe not. nobody is even reading this. John Green will never read this. this has no point. pointless. yet this is helping to tell my feelings to someone other that my mother driving me down the road. i am hopefully going to attend a boarding school next year and hope my experience is 1/23 as great as this book.-alabama reader/ no one really

    By Shasha567
    I have no words. This book is just too amazing in every way possible.
  • Ehh

    By Naomilovesschool
    Definitely an easy read but never really did it for me.
  • A really good book !!!!

    By Lbueyes m
    I'm loved this book it shows what could happen to real life people and it is very real love the book so much ❤️
  • :)

    By Mh5691931

    By Megggeers
    I read this book a couple years ago and I was hesitant to read it but I'm so glad I did!!! I read it within a day, highly recommend
  • Beautiful Read

    By Gagadhjs
    I could not put this book down! Literally read for 24 hours straight until I finished. John Greens writing style is brilliant and I was just as in love with the story he created.
  • Terrible character build-up and no plot

    By ARandomOersonYoDoNotKnow
    This book was a serious disappointment. John Greene, has no character feelings in any of his book. You can't put yourself in the character's shoes. You don't feel them. It was so predictable, too. Come on, it's John Greene, of course it's a love tragedy. But it made no sense at all. Pudge was so lost in a fake love, that he lost himself through it. He was in love with Alaska's appearance. Yet, you couldn't feel the actual connection between them AT ALL. nothing. Seriously, of course alaska's gonna die. She smokes, she drinks, she's in a car, drunk, at night, what do you seriously expect? There was so little character build-up, that you didnt feel sad when she died. Did i cry? No, what the heck. Nothing. Totally disappointing. For goodness sake, pudge barely knew alaska, and the only time that he truly was connected to her was right before alaska's phone call to her bf. Seriously? Pudge is so desperate and obsessed! Many parts of the book was really inappropriate and too much. This was trash. Don't waste your time.
  • Love!!

    By Tchancey
    Love this book so much!! Such a great author!
  • Wonderful, Exciting, Deep Read

    By Siebecker78
    I read John Green’s Looking for Alaska as part of a school English class. Overall, it is a book with many facets. On the surface, it is a teenage novel that follows the adventurous life of a high school junior named Miles “Pudge” Halter as he begins school at a new boarding school called Culver Creek. When one looks deeper however, it exhibits the author’s expert ability to incorporate important life lessons into a casual and easy-to-read story line. Additionally, the novel seamlessly changes its tone and theme throughout the story to reflect the mood at that moment. Therefore, the reader essentially gets three stories in one: a teenage lifestyle/adventure novel, a tragedy, and a mystery novel in one. While reading this book, the reader experiences a wide variety of emotions. The reader can also appreciate the clear transition of theme and tone. The book expertly demonstrates excitement, sadness, love, hate, and many rich emotions that the author is able to expertly capture using his rich vocabulary and impeccable sentence structure. Additionally, this book impacted my own life. Since I am a teen reading about teenage lifestyles in a novel, I can easily relate to this novel. The book makes many assumptions about teens, but they are often correct. Alaska Young famously says, “I may die young, but at least I'll die smart” (Green). This quote exemplifies the teen values demonstrated in the novel. This book is excellent in a mature school setting due to its relevance. In older novels, students can analyze symbolism and grammatical structure till their eyes glaze over, but they often cannot relate to the ideas in those books. In Looking for Alaska, the same amount of symbolism and complex grammar exist, but the concepts discussed are more relevant to today’s minors. On the other hand, even though the story is great in many ways, it does, like anything, have its drawbacks. For example, the book seems to be very predictable. For example, the novel is structured around a single, plot shifting event. While the event itself was unexpected, an immense amount of foreshadowing made other, more insignificant events very predictable. The only other drawback to this novel is some of its content. The novel suits teenagers perfectly, but may be inappropriate to other ages. The topics addressed in the book include sex, drugs, alcohol and pranks with some serious life questions and violence involved. Therefore, while the book is ideal for its target age group, it might not go over well with younger children. In the end, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and even with its shortfalls, John Green’s debut novel is one to read and remember.