Looking for Alaska

Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words–and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

Green was awarded the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award for Looking for Alaska. It is taught in many high school and college curricula and has been published in more than fifteen languages.

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Winner, 2006 Michael L. Printz Award
Finalist, 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize
2006 Top 10 Best Book for Young Adults
2006 Teens’ Top 10 Award
2006 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
A Booklist Editor’s Choice Pick
Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection
Borders Original Voices Selection


“Green…has a writer’s voice, so self-assured and honest that one is startled to learn that this novel is his first. The anticipated favorable comparisons to Holden Caufield are richly deserved in this highly recommended addition to young adult literature.”

“Like Phineas in John Knowles’ “A Separate Peace,” Green draws Alaska so lovingly, in self-loathing darkness as well as energetic light, that readers mourn her loss along with her friends.”
-School Library Journal, Starred Review

“The spirit of Holden Caulfield lives on.”

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Vanessa July 12, 2016 at 9:40 pm

I’m still waiting for the answer, why Alaska did that? Why she can’t just tell them? It’s so suddenly, you know. She loves Miles, but she has a boyfriend, Jake. My thought is, she felt so wrong, why she kissed Miles. Kinda cheating.


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Submit July 22, 2016 at 3:16 am

The book is ok but it is hard to read in the irrelevant moments. In the exciting moments the text is very easy to read. The story is very realistic one like a diary.


Sperminator July 22, 2016 at 3:18 am

Nice book but why did Alaska die? I think everybody loves Alaska and at the moment when you realize that she died you dont want to read on. I hate the depressive phase after Alaska’s death in the book because it is hard to read until this phase. At least I like the book because it describes highschool life.


BAUM July 22, 2016 at 3:18 am

The book was really nice I enjoyed reading it. But I don’t understand why you killed her. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY


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Laura July 22, 2016 at 3:20 am

I just wanted to know if Alaskas death was an accident or suicide?
Looking for Alaska was a very intersting book. The writing style was really good to read, even when it´s not your language. I think that Alaska died in this book, because it´s more real. That´s pretty good, because it´s more realistic, that life isn´t always good and have happy endings.


Mischa Jones July 22, 2016 at 3:22 am

This book was different than other school books. I think that the book shows us how life is because many people think that lives are always okay, good and without pain. The book shows us a little bit of real life. I like the book, sure it has some passages which were boring but it’s okay for me. I would recomment the book ‘Looking for Alaska’.


christian July 22, 2016 at 3:23 am

This book is pretty good. It contains a lot of topics that teenagers have to deal with. To be honest it was one of the most exciting and interesting books I read in school. The book confronts you with several questions that will make your thoughts active and make you think a lot.


Ghost July 22, 2016 at 3:24 am

I had to read this book at school. It was easy to understand and the story was realistic. I liked the story of Miles, who was a nice boy who never had drunk or smoked bevor, became cheekier and started to smoke because of group pressure and to get friends. This is also very realistic and interesting. I found it good that the story is full of emotions and feelings. That Alaska’s death is open is interesting. It was nice to read.


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