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Looking for Alaska (2005)

by John Green

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Well this proves it. Even in the 21st Century, you can write serious, literary, complex, profound and spiritual mainstream fiction that appeals to a wide audience, of both teenagers and adults.

At least you can if you are John Green. ( )
  JackMassa | Nov 23, 2016 |
A good book and a good book to listen to, like all of the other John Green books I have consumed. I was a little disappointed in this one, only because I didn't love it as much as Paper Towns. However it has the same funny dialogue, funny stories and quirky characters as his other books, but a sadder ending. ( )
  JBP11 | Nov 18, 2016 |
This book deserves all the awards its won. its a captivating and motivating story of a young, bored boy seeking a "great perhaps". there are multiple twists and turns that leave the plot fresh and intriguing. you really feel attached to the characters while reading, and *spoiler alert!* although it ends on a somewhat sad note, the overall meaning of the book is truly motivating and deep. it is definitely worth the read.
  maddystanderwick | Nov 9, 2016 |
Looking for Alaska is an extremely unique, exhilarating, surprising novel by John Green. Miles Halter is the main character who moves to boarding school, and is placed with a roommate who is his polar opposite. Miles is a quiet, scrawny, and rather nerdy sixteen-year-old, while Chip is an outgoing, dare-devil. Chip brings out a side of Miles that has never been exposed, and he introduces Miles to some friends. Alaska is a friend of Chip that Miles is introduced to; she is mysterious, intelligent, different, and beautiful in the eyes of Miles. This novel is not your typical love story in which you can predict the ending, although it may seem like it in the beginning. The book is divided into two parts: Before and After. The two parts are so different, so unexpected, and so action-packed. I learned to love the characters, and I became empathetic toward Miles; I felt as though I was part of the group, and this is a rare feeling for me. This is an extremely well-written book, and it is one of those books that you do NOT want to get spoiled by someone's big mouth. Without saying too much, I rate this book a 5/5 and urge you to read it!!!! ( )
  agray18 | Nov 8, 2016 |
Teens sent away to boarding school get up to typical teen trouble. This is a great first novel for John Green, but I like his other books better. ( )
  jenniferlbean | Nov 7, 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.
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John Greenprimary authorall editionscalculated
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.
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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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