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.

You can buy Looking for Alaska from your favorite retailer via the Penguin portal:

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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Antonia February 28, 2015 at 11:37 pm

Hi:)! I am Antonia from Chile I love books John Green ❤️

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Luisa Duenas March 2, 2015 at 2:47 am

Looking for Alaska changed the way I thought of the world greatly, it made a huge difference in me and it has molded my way of living ever since. It’s been five years since I read itt and I can still remember everything I felt with every page I turned.
Thank you John. For a wonderful, astonishing experience.

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Athanassia March 2, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Hey John! I love your books and I love the way they affect my life. Even though sometimes I get frustrated because you keep “killing” my favorite characters… Rather than that, your stories are amazing and I absolutely love them. So, thank you for these amazing journeys.
All the love,
A Greek fan of yours.

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Jonathan Escobedo March 2, 2015 at 10:11 pm

Hello Mr. Green
I know you must get a lot of mail, tweets, messages, etc. from fans so I will try to keep this as short as possible. I am in love with your work and you have introduced me to a new world of reading and thinking. Like Alaska, I too am interested in “The Labyrinth”. For my English class, I am attempting to find an answer to the question “How will I ever get out of this Labyrinth?” For our speech we are to have somebody read and comment on our speech. While I knew it is unlikely that i would be able to get somebody as great as you to read my speech I figured that this would be the best possible way. Even if there is the slightest .03% chance that this would work it is still worth the effort. I would be honored if you took the time to even read the title of my speech let alone have you read it. You are by far my favorite author ever and your work has personally inspired me. I know that you are a very busy person and I understand if you are too busy to even see this. I know this must be a lot to ask for, especially from a stranger, but If you are even remotely interested by this please email me atJon_esco01@yahoo.com
Sincerely, Jonathan Age: 16

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Jonathan Escobedo March 2, 2015 at 11:11 pm
Hope cummins March 2, 2015 at 10:30 pm

Dear John Green,
You are the most amazing author and I love your books. Your books Looking For Alaska and The Fault In Our Stars were so wonderful. I never enjoyed reading till I read your books! I’m 12 years old. I never new I could read a 221 page book in three days till I read Looking For Alaska. That book made me realize what life was really all about! I really want to know how Alaska died though.
Sincerely,
Hope Cummins

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Allison McKinney March 3, 2015 at 11:33 am

Was thinking about reading this soon!:)

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Caitlin March 4, 2015 at 1:44 pm

Hi, just wondering, I am visiting America and was wondering if there was going to be any book signings in the summer either in New York, Philadelphia, Boston etc?

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lee March 8, 2015 at 8:34 am

Just now finished the book looking for alaska. I like it so much. And i am so fond of the last words especially the sufi’s. And still i could not get how she died..and why?she did not die for not calling 911 but she just died for forgetting the date???

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Ivanna Oviedo March 8, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Dear, John Green
Firts I want to say that you are an amazing author I read all you’re books. I’m 12 years old and I come from Ecuador, one of your books that I love is “Looking For Alaska” but I have so many questions like Who Alaska love’s Miles or Jake? And the most important for me I want to know the last words of Alaska Young What she really thinks ? I wish you respond some of my questions, please.
With love
Ivanna, Ecuador

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Aubrey Rose Flora March 9, 2015 at 8:45 am

Dear Mr Green,
It is such an honor to be able to read your books. YOU ARE A LEGEND! You’re one of the author that I adore most. I have read your book The Fault In Our Stars and Looking For Alaska. I’m going to support all of your works and their movies. I love them all. But I’m just wondering.. “Did the Colonel and his girlfriend made-up or what?” “Did Alaska loved Pudge?” “Did Takumi had a special feeling for Alaska too?” I hope for your answers Mr. Green. More power to you! God bless. Keep inspiring more people like me.
My name is Aubrey, 14 years old, and I’m from the Philippines.

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John_Green_Fan999 March 9, 2015 at 9:49 am

Dear Mr.Green,
I know that I have commented on this site many times but I still come back to see how people react to your books, out of this I have only came across one bad comment. All that I am trying to get at is that I really enjoy your books and so do thousands if not millions of other people like me so with that said I would hope that when you have the time you would be writing another book, perhaps a sequel to paper towns? I wish to see the continued version of of the great adventures. I also was wondering if your books had anything to do with personal events in your life? my email address is mclellent87@gmail.com,
Sincerely Trinity McLellen

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Urueta March 9, 2015 at 6:35 pm

Dear John Green:
I really really need to talk with you.
I hope you can see this message.

take care xx

D.Urueta

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mjra March 9, 2015 at 7:06 pm

mr. Green
i really love your books my friends and i really love how you write you are awsome¡¡

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Matias March 9, 2015 at 10:36 pm

Great history, amazing characters. Greetings from Argentina.

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mariana b March 10, 2015 at 12:42 am

the best book i`ve ever read.

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Dylan Rey March 10, 2015 at 4:11 am

This is by far your best work. It’s the realest. The majority of teenagers can relate to the events in this novel better than most of them can relate to Cancer, having 19 girlfriends with the same name, meeting their alter ego, or having a close friend disappear and having to follow her clues to find her. Although I have enjoyed every one of your books, this is the one that I’m constantly quoting and referring to. We all have a little bit of Miles Halter in us, which includes insightfulness, curiosity, dry humor, and even a hint of romance. I’ve read this book a countless amount of times, and I highly recommend finding the perfect writers to make this into a movie, even if it’s an independently made film, it needs to be perfect, and exactly like the book.

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Lowa Persson March 10, 2015 at 5:55 am

Hi everyone!
I am a big fan of John Green and absolutely love the book “Looking for Alaska”. It really changed my view upon life and I would wish for every teenager to read it, as there is so much to relate to.
Right now I am writing an english essay about the book and I would love to get some views and comments from everyone who has read the book.

- How old are you? (just for me to know if you’re a teenager/adult/younger) :-)
- What do you think about the book “Looking for Alaska”?
- What was it about the book that made you like it so much?
- Would you recommend it for other teenagers to read, and why?

I would love if you took some time to answer these questions and give your view and opinion about the book, it would help a lot in my work.

Wish you all the best!
/Lowa

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Lowa Persson March 12, 2015 at 3:07 pm
JuiloRios March 11, 2015 at 2:25 pm

Mr.Green are book is very good to read and I like so mouch and it change my life and I Thank You for it.

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Mariah Posey March 11, 2015 at 5:18 pm

Dear Mr. Green,
My name is Mariah Posey (obviously, the text above states so..) I wanted to thank you. I am very fond of your works. I have currently read “Looking for Alaska” as well as “The Fault in our Stars.” In doing so, i have become quite interested in reading anything written by you. And yes sir, i do mean ANYTHING. I’m a pretty good writer i guess, I continue to write. I haven’t been much of a reader since i started my high school career, but in my pre-teen state i would do nothing but read. After seeing “The Fault in our Stars” i absolutely had to read the novel. So i wanted to say thank you, you have inspired me to read again as well as write. Hopefully, in the future, i will be an excellent writer like yourself. Of course i won’t be as great as you, you’re beyond brilliant. But hopefully i can be in the same league as you. I have so much more i would love to talk to you about and i have a couple questions. If you ever have the time it would give me a great pleasure if you would write me back and/or email me.
With great appreciation,
Mariah Posey(:

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Mariah Posey March 11, 2015 at 5:20 pm

P.s. My email is >>> poseymariah@yahoo.com

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Lucas Sandholzee March 12, 2015 at 7:26 am

Dear john i have read all you books except an abundance of katherines. Each one of you books has inspired me more than i think you can imagine. I have celiac disease and i struggle with anger and depression unlike most 16 year olds yet i do not take any medication for these things. Your books helped me threw a very hard time during my life i hope that you write many more books because im looking forward to reading each one and learing my next life lesson.
Sincerly Lucas Sandholzer
Central Square NY

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Jenna Tubolino March 12, 2015 at 3:47 pm

Dear Mr. John Green,

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Miranda Friee March 12, 2015 at 8:37 pm

Hey John Green, I honestly don’t know what to say but I wanted to write to you because I love your book Looking For Alaska. It’s so different from anything I’ve ever read and has changed the way I look at the world.
I love the fact that the end of Alaska Young’s life is so unclear, like the reader can think of their own ending. I have thought of so many different scenaroies of what could’ve happened that night but can’t decide on any of them. I don’t expect you to tell everyone what actually happened to Alaska Young the night of the crash because maybe you don’t even know yourself or maybe you’re still thinking of scenarios too.
Thank you for writing a book that has changed so much. And one day I hope I am brave enough and trust myself enough to go out and seek my own great perhaps.
Much Love x

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Maria Victoria March 12, 2015 at 8:39 pm

Hi john I am from Argentina and Love the book,But at the same time I Hate,¿¿why Alaska Die??? ¿¿¿Why??? I’m Read the book in January and today yet cry,also read The fault in our stars,Also it happens the same,plis visit my country we wanted I love too much yours books and in the future read paper towns,I want movie of Looking for Alaska and more books I Love and Hate you!!!!!!

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N. Onymous March 13, 2015 at 10:31 pm

Hi. I love this book and your work. That is all.

~N. Onymous

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Joslyn Thattil March 14, 2015 at 9:26 am

Hi Mr.Green,
Reading Looking For Alaska has definitely changed my outlook on life, and that is pretty amazing for a 17 year old, or maybe not, cause teenagers are known to have a shaky mind set. I just wanted to say that, this book, though amazing, will also ever offer me closure, there’s so many questions that I’ve posed based on it and only very few answers have been answered, but then again, I can’t expect you to know the answers to those questions, none of do.
Thank you very much for that book, I actually ended up being able to relate to it, and I hope more books like this are coming in the future, I’m gonna start reading The General In His Labyrinth very soon.. Thank you for leading me to that. :)
Your book was absolutely amazing.

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iara March 14, 2015 at 6:25 pm

hola john green. somos leiza (18) y iara (16) , somos hermanas y somos de mar del plata, buenos aires, argentina. desde que empezamos a leer tus libros no pudimos de dejar de emocionarnos con ellos. queremos decirte que “ciudades de papel” es nuestro favorito, aunque “buscando a alaska” nos hizo reir y llorar mucho. queriamos que sepas que estamos esperando con muchas ganas la llegada de “ciudades de papel” al cine, aunque somos conscientes de que el libro es mucho mejor. tus relatos son asombrosos, y en especial el papel que lograste invitar sobre “alaska” ya que es mi personaje favorito. de todos tus relatos. gracias por tus hermosas escrituras. saludos desde argentina.

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Giulia Badii March 16, 2015 at 2:03 pm

hello john green I’m Italian and my English isn’t perfect ..
can I ask you a question ? WHY ALASKA DIES ?
I love alaska but dies .. why ?
what happens to Miles , Colonel , Takumi and Lara ?
please answer me!!!
TANTI SALUTI DALL’ITALIA
your books are perfect and Looking for Alaska is my favorite..

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Marion Barreto March 16, 2015 at 4:03 pm

Hello Mr. Green, I’m from Venezuela. I law “looking for Alaska” and seriously I loved it. excuse me if this text has some mistakes, is that as I said I am from Venezuela and not speak very well English. chances are that this question will paresca a bit stupid as it were, but truly I wonder if you plan to do a movie of this book in the future. talves you do not read this, and you should have more important things to do and more important questions to answer, but as I said I wonder seriously. if you are reading this I would be grateful if I answered. thank you for your attention.

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Natalie-Anne Galjar March 16, 2015 at 7:51 pm

Dear Mr. Green
I am from Australia recently i have read your book ‘Looking for Alaska’ i have loved every second of it, I am actually wanting to watch a movie of ‘Looking for Alaska’ to be honest i have read every book that you have written! Please keep making more!!

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Melina Chung March 16, 2015 at 10:48 pm

Dear Mr. Green,
I am from Argentina, Buenos Aires and I have just finished reading “Looking for Alaska” for the second time. I’ve read all your books and they’ve changed me and made me the me that I am now.
Also, I think I have learned lots of things while reading “Looking for Alaska” that made me see life in other points of view. I love your writing and I can’t wait to read more books written by you. You are my biggest inspiration and favorite author so far. Thank you so much for everything and I hope that you can come to Buenos Aires one day.
Yours sincerely,
Melina Chung.

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Marion Barreto March 17, 2015 at 12:34 pm

Hello Mr. Green. I am Venezuelan. Maybe this text have mistakes because my English is not very good. I law “Looking for Alaska” and I truly charming. My question going to look stupid, but the truth is that I would like to know the answer. My question is, if you plan to do a movie in the future, of “Looking for Alaska”. Maybe you do not read this because it has more important things to do and more important questions to answer, but if you read this, i would like to answer me. Thank you for your attention.

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