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Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alaska (2005)

by John Green

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If Truman Capote had written Holly Golightly as a teenager, she would have been Alaska Young. An enthralling, moody, spontaneous and troubled youth enticing her minions at an upscale boarding school where she pranks, drinks, smokes and professes feminism while maintaining her grades and friendships. Told in the voice of Miles (Pudge), who rooms with Chip (the Colonel) whom are in the inner circle orbiting around Alaska. Getting away with as much as they can, along with a few extra comrades, this is a story of intelligence, allegiance and sadness. Sure, there are numerous LOL's of witticisms, audacious pranking, and general teen angst, but the underlying abyss still pulls. A haves, have nots division and anti-authoritative resistance also plays heavily in this tale centered on the before and after to the climatic core of its telling. Finding Alaska is a labyrinth of life, folding oneself into it and feeling safe there, not really wanting to find one's way out. Philosophical is so many degrees, it needs to be required reading in every high school ( )
  CherylGrimm | Sep 17, 2017 |
Beautiful book, made me laugh out loud at parts and cry in others. Great story about growing up and the choices you make and the friends you love. ( )
  Verkruissen | Aug 12, 2017 |
I was so excited to read this book because a lot of people recommended it, said it was great and that I was going to love it. The truth is that I got really disappointed. I found it so boring and I didn't like the characters...a group of teenagers that smokes, drinks, loves sex and plays pranks on their school and basically they do nothing but this, everyday. I think the characters and the whole story are poorly developed and very monotonous. ( )
  paulafigueira | Aug 1, 2017 |
I really liked this book. I picked it up before any reviews were read, and any opinions were stated, but I picked it up as a recommendation.

I won't lie - the part where she's just suddenly dead was a bit shocking to me. The aftermath was incredibly sad, and hard to get through without crying at times. You just feel so many emotions going through after, it just comes at you like a ton of bricks, compared to the beginning of the book.

Give it a shot - a book like this can be relatable no matter the age, sex, orientation, etc. ( )
  thursbest | Jul 17, 2017 |
Summary: “Looking for Alaska” is the story of Miles Halter, a young boy that begins attending an elite private school. Here he meets Alaska, a girl beyond his experiences. Miles idolizes Alaska and her seemingly carefree attitude. Until the night Alaska takes a drunken drive that ends in her death. Miles must live with Alaska’s consequences, and his own biting guilt about that fateful night.

Personal Reflection: “Looking for Alaska” was John Green’s first book. This is evident in the writing style, which has evolved over the years. But the book still stands the test of time as a gripping, emotional novel about the trauma of guilt, and what happens to survivors in the aftermath of a preventable death.
Extension 1: This book is emotional, and yet it has a clear message. Students could write a eulogy for Alaska in which they express the lessons they took away from her death.

Extension 2: This is a book for older children, between 14-17, in this situation a discussion group might be the best scenario. Small groups that could discuss the books among themselves.
  GaryReddin | Jul 17, 2017 |
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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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