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Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alaska (2005)

by John Green

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I listened to the audiobook which was narrated by Jeff Woodman and I loved the narration. He did an awesome job bringing the characters to life and brought out their sarcasm. I just love John Green. ( )
  JennysBookBag.com | Sep 28, 2016 |
This book almost received two stars from me instead of three. I didn't like the story. It did nothing for me, and it wasn't all that great. But, even though I didn't enjoy it very much, I had to give it the third star because John Green really did write it beautifully.

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

This quote is one of the many that really stuck out to me. The language was beautiful, and it really was written well. The story, however, did not draw me in. I couldn't relate or attach myself to any of the characters. I couldn't feel their emotions or get lost in the story. So, when Alaska died, I didn't feel anything. She just died. It was just words on paper to me.

Not to mention, Pudge. I couldn't, for the life of me, sympathize with him. He was funny. He was a fun character to read about for most of the book. But once Alaska died, I just couldn't feel anything for him. The only thing he could think about was the fact that she had kissed him. He became so hung up on that one moment in her life, he couldn't even begin to move on to the rest of it. His thoughts were so repetitive. I mean, how many times do I have to hear about how Alaska is dead and maybe the kiss meant nothing? Who cares about the kiss?? Yeah, it was a big part of the story, but it wasn't the only thing he'd ever shared with Alaska. Every time Pudge would go on about how he felt so special because of that one night, or he would wonder if the kiss would have happened again, or he would act like he was the most important thing in her life, I had to put the book down and shake my head for a few minutes before I could finish the page.

One thing I enjoyed was that the book was split into "Before" and "After." I loved how each smaller section counted down the days before, and counted the days after. It was very creative and made it a little bit more interesting. It also made it a very quick read.

Overall, the book was not the worst book I've ever read, but it certainly was nowhere close to the best. ( )
  RavenNight | Aug 24, 2016 |
Liked this a lot better, this time round. So much so I'm upping my rating. I still don't really "get" Alaska and Miles, but I enjoy the other characters so much that it doesn't really matter.

December 21, 2012 review:

Eh. I float between three and four for this. The writing was beautiful, and Alaska's behaviour seemed totally spot on for someone suffering the trauma of a bereavement but she was also annoying as all get out. Miles was just okay. The Colonel was easily my favourite character. I... just don't have a lot to say about it, which made me give it the lower mark.

Still to hung up on The Scar. Which y'all have to read. I mean Y'ALL. ( )
  thebookmagpie | Aug 7, 2016 |
He's a bit cliche, but I still enjoy the way he portrays teens as real people with real problems. ( )
  KnivesBoone | Jul 29, 2016 |

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Miles Halter is a teenager from Florida who likes to read bibliographies and collect last words of famous people. He decided to go to Alabama to finish last two years of his high school education. Miles chooses Culver Creek Preparatory School. His parents are questioning if he decide to go to preparatory school to meet new people and change his boring life style.
Miles instantly became a friend with his roommate Colonel who gave him a nick name Pudge. The Colonel is clever, proud, and financially poor. He is a born leader. Miles got introduced to Alaska Young. She gave his life a new dimension. Alaska is a beautiful, funny, intelligent, and rebellious. Miles falls for Alaska. She became a center of Miles universe.
This book is made using a before and after counting element to build up a grand climax of events. It is an unusual, but effective way of presenting a story. It is a great read. Many teen topics are addressed here: smoking, alcohol consumption and consequences, meaning of life, friendship, belonging, religion, death and dying, grief, and healing.
The author of Looking for Alaska, John Green, made me think about life and our attitude about it. A topic of depression got brought in with Alaska’s behavior. She gave out many times signs that she is suicidal. Her attitude about dying and her struggle with her mother’s passing away was never addressed in a productive way. Her depression was not taken seriously. Consequences are tragic and unbearable.
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Miles's narration is alive with sweet, self-deprecating humor, and his obvious struggle to tell the story truthfully adds to his believability.
added by khuggard | editSchool Library Journal, Johanna Lewis

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McCarthy, LindaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vandervoort, IreneDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Woodman, JeffNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To my family: Sydney Green, Mike Green, and Hank Green
"I have tried so hard to do right."
(last words of President Grover Cleveland)
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The week before I left my family and Florida and the rest of my minor life to go to boarding school in Alabama, my mother insisted on throwing me a going-away party.
How will I ever get out of this labyrinth!
If only we could see the string of consequences that result from our smallest actions. But we can’t know better until knowing is useless.
When adults say, "Teenagers think they are invincible" with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don’t know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we are never irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they are old. They get scared of losing and failing.
You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.
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?
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New York Times Bestseller

Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

An ALA Quick Pick

A Los Angeles Times 2005 Book Prize Finalist

A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age

A 2005 Booklist Editor’s Choice

A 2005 School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

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.







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Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

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