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.

If you’ve read the book and are completely prepared for spoilers, visit the Looking for Alaska Questions page for much, much more information on the book.

Awards

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

Reviews (SPOILER ALERT!)

“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.”
-VOYA

“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.”
-KLIATT

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Skylean Rodriguez July 21, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Dear Mr. Green,
After I saw The Fault In Our Stars, I fell in love with the story. Once I got home I started doing some research on you. I found online that you wrote other books as well. Then I saw Looking for Alaska, I started to read the back of the book to see what it was about. After that I was curious and I wanted to find out how one girl Alaska can make a boy’s life different. Today is the day I finished reading Looking for Alaska. Honestly I think it was great! It taught me something very important in life. Alaska is like every teenager now a days. I’m kinda like her in a way. I blame myself from what I did in the past. I show people in the outside that I’m a cheerful happy girl, even though in the inside I’m depressed and miserable. I think Alaska blamed herself because of her mother’s death. She didn’t want her friends to know exactly how she felt about herself. She kept it bottled inside until she had to explode. I can relate to her…. I learn from you Mr. Green, that as a young kid we should live our life to the fullest. We all have to look forward to the present and future. No matter of the consequences, we still forgive each other.

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elif onur July 21, 2014 at 4:50 pm

Actually,I don’t know anything.Actually,I just want to know.Actually,I’am afraid to know.BUT the worst of all,you don’t know.I miss ALASKA and ı want you to be.I know,my dreams will never happen but imagine that I didn’t have a lot of real.I love you and I hope,you know one day.I love you and I respect you.Happy facts..

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Hope Q July 21, 2014 at 11:45 pm

Hello Mr. Green!

I hope you did not think that I forgot about posting everyday, but I do have a reason that I think is valid. I was at theatre camp! I attended this camp last summer and it was an incredible, incredible experience and I made so many new friends. BTW: currently I am listening to Beach Baby by Bon Iver and it is brilliant. You should check it out if you get a chance, though I know you are a very busy man. Back to theatre camp, it is one of the most inviting atmospheres where it is okay to be quirky and make a fool of yourself, because no one cares. I am dreading going back to High School to be with all the same types of people. I think being surrounded by people who bring you down have both negatives and positives(like all things). A positive is it keeps me going because it makes me never want to blend in and fit the mold of everyone else I am surrounded by. A negative is feeling so out of place it makes me doubt myself and my goals, dreams and aspirations in life, but this year I plan to stay true to myself and not feel like I need to change to be accepted. I recently auditioned for a community theatre production of The Importance of Being Earnest and I did not get cast, but that is okay because it is all part of being an actor. I am very, very serious about acting and plan to make a profession out of it. Funny story, in one of my workshops at camp we had to go around and say what our type cast would be and our instructor (she was recently on Orange is the New Black) said I have the type cast of Shailene Woodley and she could see me in The Fault in Our Stars and then I said my dream role would be to play Alaska in Looking for Alaska and a lot of people said they could see it. I am going to be persistent the same way Shailene was about getting the role of Hazel Grace. John Boone said he did not see her being cast, but when she came in to audition it was clear she was the one. I am not saying I am the clear choice, but at least just give me a chance to show you.

Currently reading: Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
Currently listening to: Bon Iver and The Rolling Stones
Currently watching: American Beauty
Currently eating: cheddar and carmel corn popcorn
Currently hoping for: a chance to audition for Looking for Alaska

Thank you for your time and possible consideration!

Hope Q

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R July 22, 2014 at 12:17 am

I read Looking for Alaska in grade 10. At the time I was just starting a relationship which lasted until about 4 months ago. Me being 19 now, I still think about the words of Miles, Alaska, and the gang. Reading this book helped me learn to love in a way. Sadly I am still searching for a Great Perhaps, wherever and whatever that may be. I would just like to say thanks, for making High-school that much better for a guy who was looking for… well Alaska.

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Hailey McClain July 22, 2014 at 2:03 am

Dear John Green,
I would like to take a minute out of my day and tell you what a great writer you are. I have read many stories but no other author can touch me the way you do. I cant really put it into to words,but the way your books reach out and change my perspective on many subjects is truly amazing. The way you can describe something and for it to just click. Thank you for well “holding your end of the bargain.”

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Jacqueline July 23, 2014 at 1:00 am

Hi Mr.Green,

I am reading Looking for Alaska now and I just got to the part when Alaska Young dies. You know you’re a brilliant writer because it was so unexpected well for me at least. I love this book but I have to tell you it made me cry. I have read The Fault in our stars and I absolutely loved the book as well as the movie. Mr.Green I just want to ask you, why do you like having a plot twist in every single book? That’s an obvious question I know because you want to have the readers be shocked and because you don’t want the story to be predictable and I give you 5 stars for that because you sure did surprise me. I like your books Mr.Green and I really hope you continue to make more because I would love to read them. If you don’t find it as much of a bother could you please write me and tell me why you love having an enormous plot change in your book?

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Riyaqa July 23, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Hello john , looking for Alaska is my favourite book people might prefer TFIOS but I didn’t enjoy reading TFIOS as much as I enjoyed reading Looking for Alaska , I don’t know how to put it in words but its really an amazing book I kind of have a thing for last words now I don’t think I can really memorize them like Pudge did but I just read them , you’re a really great writer and im looking forward to read your other books

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