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Looking for Alaska (2005)

by John Green

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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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    An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (mad.)
    mad.: this his john green's first book and although it has a completely different plot and characters it has the same style as an Abundance of Katherines
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    fyrefly98: More average-boy-meets-life-changing-girl.
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    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (BookshelfMonstrosity)
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    Paper Towns by John Green (chwiggy)
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    Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen (wegc)
    wegc: Both are about a teen leaving home, trying to broaden their horizons, trying new things.
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    tootstorm: The place to start with one of the American literary monoliths of the 20th century. Green takes a lot of influence--good influence--from DeLillo's stylistic uniquities and adapts it for a YA audience, leaving him arguably with a catalogue as intellectually important and influential for future generations.… (more)
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    Becoming Chloe by Catherine Ryan Hyde (curioussquared)
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My grandson proclaimed this as his all time favorite book earlier this year (he just turned 16). I didn't know what it was, and assumed it was adventure travel. Then my wife read it, and thought I'd enjoy it also. So I have just read it.
I love that young folks are finding this book valuable, as it offers a pathway to ask, and attempt to answer, some of those eternal questions. You know, the "What does it all mean?" questions.

Green is an engaging writer, and I don't feel insulted by his tone.

On the other hand, my 13 year old granddaughter wants to tread this. My wife and I think she should wait a year or two. But practically speaking, I don't even know how you'd keep a book out a child's hands today, with all the tools available to gain access. Sex, smoking, drinking.

This is my second Green book. I read "The Fault In Our Stars" a few months on the STRONG recommendation of my 13 year old granddaughter. And I fully enjoyed it - and appreciated it. Try it also.
We also just watched this movie this week, and enjoyed it as well. I remember remarking to my wife as we watched that the dialogue felt authentic to me. ( )
  jjbinkc | Aug 27, 2023 |
This is my favourite John Green book. I loved TFIOS, but this book took the cake. Although the ending was not what I would have hoped it would be, this book made me fall in love with John Green, Miles and Alaska. Alaska is very related, and Miles is the awkward kid that we all have inside of ourselves. I'd suggest this book to anybody who loves sarcasm and wit. Beautiful book! Five stars! ( )
  Briars_Reviews | Aug 4, 2023 |
Full Review on my blog!

I’ve been wanting to read this since one of my friends recommended it to me a few years ago, and I never got to it until now… Although I did buy it the same week it was recommended but… it was just been sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read. haha.. Last week I finally picked it up and read it. I’ve only read two books by John Green, which are of course The Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns-which are both sooo amazing btw. Sooo… I had a lot of expectations coming into reading Looking for Alaska. I’m finding it really hard to review/summarize this book. Love, friendship, life, death, before, after, finding meaning in life and learning to forgive.

It was hard writing a review about this book. I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it either, in fact, I kinda like it. It is a good book with a lot of quotable quotes and an interesting premise. This has got to be one of my favorite books because it is just so amazing. I recommend it 😀

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  AnaCarter | Jul 22, 2023 |
No matter how firm a person's beliefs may be, none of us *truly* knows why things happen the way they do, or what happens after we die. I like the path Miles chooses to "escape the labyrinth;" by using ideas he has been encouraged to explore, he's able to find a bit of peace and forgiveness after a tragic event. His final essay is beautifully composed. ( )
  jenmanullang | Jun 14, 2023 |
I loved this book but not as much as I did "The Fault in our stars",obviously.I loved the characters,especially the Colonel.Miles was a whiny narrator though.I really loved the part where he understood that,too.I don't know what to say right now.It was a light read.I will give a detailed review soon. ( )
  GouriReads | Mar 21, 2023 |
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John Greenprimary authorall editionscalculated
Celi, LiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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