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Looking for Alaska by John Green
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Looking for Alaska (original 2005; edition 2006)

by John Green

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Title:Looking for Alaska
Authors:John Green
Info:Speak (2006), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 256 pages
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Looking for Alaska by John Green (2005)

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  rabidgummibear | Nov 28, 2018 |
"I laughed...I cried..." But I did not just laugh or cry. I laughed out LOUD and bawled my eyes out. What a spectacular capturing of the adolescent spirit John Green gives us, here. I read this for a class on YA literature but was genuinely moved by Green's writing and captivated by the characters. ( )
  EliseLaForge | Nov 20, 2018 |
I read this one because my little sister gave it to me as a gift. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Even when it was predictable it was good. I do think that I likely would have enjoyed it more had I not read his newest book first, however. ( )
  Max_Tardiff | Oct 29, 2018 |
Miles, our narrator, begins a new school year at a boarding school. His objective for this new school year is find a "great perhaps" or his purpose in life. He meets a lot of new people but the one person who sticks out amongst the rest is Alaska Young. Miles falls in love with Alaska as they both explore and try to find their "great perhaps". One night, Alaska relieves a phone call and she leaves suddenly. Miles finds out later that she drove drunk after receiving the call, crashed the car and died. She died the same night that her mother had died in years past.

I really enjoy this book. I love the narrator Miles and I think his voice works really well throughout the book. This book has been banned multiple times and I can understand why. There is a lot of swearing and sexual themes throughout the book. However, I do not think this means that this book should be kept out of schools. I think there is a purpose to these adult themes in this book. Teenagers tend to conflate physical acts of lust with emotional love. In one scene, Miles is having an emotional conversation with Alaska and he feels content and happy because of it. In the very next scene, Miles is having a physical encounter with Alaska and it is a lot less emotionally fulfilling. He exits the scene feeling empty and sad (unlike the prior scene). There are some graphic scenes and swearing but I think it is purposeful. I think a permission slip sent home to students may be a good idea so the book can still be read but those who do not want to read it can opt out. Overall, I loved the book! ( )
  KailiMarion | Oct 14, 2018 |
Like Paper Towns, I struggled to like the main female protagonist, Alaska, at first, But I think that was the point. As we get under her skin, we learn so much more about her and why she is the way she is. And the narrator is someone I could certainly sympathize with and understand-going into the teenage years wanting to find yourself, wanting to find your tribe and what your purpose is. I love John Green, and need to make sure I've read everything he's written. ( )
  seasonsoflove | Oct 1, 2018 |
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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.
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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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