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

{ 1786 comments… read them below or add one }

Simone :) September 9, 2014 at 10:37 am

“I go seek a ‘Great Perhaps’” :)

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Patty September 15, 2014 at 12:08 am

dido

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ITWASAKIDNEYINFECTION September 28, 2014 at 1:02 am

What if the great perhaps is upon us and we are just to mentally blind to see it. We cannot sit here and wait for a great perhaps when in reality being born, growing up, and just living could be this great perhaps! Perhaps maybe humans were born into this labyrinth not to try and get out of it but to try and find our own great perhaps within it. You could be living it right now and you wouldn’t even know. You’re just using the future to escape the present;)

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QTHERESURRECTION September 28, 2014 at 8:06 pm

SHUT UP BEN

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raven September 9, 2014 at 7:55 pm

your books have ruined my life. there so perfect

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BookLovr September 12, 2014 at 4:07 am

Haha so true ;-)

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Lily September 18, 2014 at 7:52 am

THEY’RE GET IT RIGHT PLEASE

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PudgemissesAlaska September 28, 2014 at 8:08 pm

Lily please dont correct people on omnictionary.com. ALASKA DID NOT DIE FOR THIS

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alana September 11, 2014 at 3:04 pm

omg this is my favorite book but then paper towns is too. i like them both the same because there pretty much the same book with diifefrent chreacter names

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ITWASAKIDNEYINFECTION September 28, 2014 at 1:14 am

no offense but if you truly think that i dont believ you are worthy enough to read this mans books:’) I mean, common you clearly did not understand the morals of the book, Margo yes in some ways is like Alaska but they are not the same person let alone have the same life\story. I cant believe this was posted on here

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Valentina September 12, 2014 at 11:37 am

Hey John, I want to say that your novel Looking For Alaska is one of my favorite books and I am looking forward to reading your other books. I already read TFIOS and I am currently reading Paper Towns.

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Erik September 20, 2014 at 7:20 pm

haha!, I’m currently at the same situation as you, love TFIOS, and just yesterday I finished Looking For Alaska

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Justine September 13, 2014 at 7:47 pm

Hey John, is it possible that Kaya Scodelario will play the part of Alaska Young?

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Alexis September 16, 2014 at 6:14 pm

I think either her or Emma Stone would be perfect. I want to see it in a movie so bad now omg

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Juana September 20, 2014 at 8:08 pm

OMG I thought about the same actresses!!

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Patty September 15, 2014 at 12:07 am

Hey John I have read this book and cried everytime. I heard of it from a friend at school. He said it was very interesting and that I should read it,so I did and I absolutely loved it. But I have a few questions I would like for you to answer for me.

Question #1; Does Pudge go back to Culver Creek the next year?

Question #2; Does everything go back to normal at Culver creek?

Question #3; Does the old man, the history teacher, die over the summer?

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Lily September 18, 2014 at 7:54 am

nothing happens, its fiction. they cease to exist the moment the novel ends ;) (if you have read tfios then you will understand)

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holly September 20, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Lily. Very well done. That was a great reference! But it was too evil:’(

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BoobyGrabber September 28, 2014 at 4:51 pm

AGREED STOP RUINING PEOPLE’S IMAGINATIONS LILY

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Julia September 15, 2014 at 1:01 am

Hey John! Looking For Alaska is the second book I’ve read written by you and I absolutely loved it, especially Alaska Young. You see, I know she isn’t the e typical hero of every story, and certainly not as good as Miles, Lara, Takumi and the others characters, but for me, she is the most real one. She is a very fun person and she isn’t afraid of trying new things. She drinks, smokes, flirts, loves. She values her friends. But she is also hurt and carries bad memories and blame with her. She looks for a way out of this labyrinth of suffering we’re all in. I mean, aren’t these the characteristic of most of us, teenagers? Lots of people may see her as just a perfect girl Miles idolizes, but as we read the book, we get to know more of the faults in Alaska Young, and in my opinion, those were what make her special.
Anyway, I just wanted to congratulate you for once more an amazing work!!!!

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Emocupcakes September 16, 2014 at 12:38 am

Mr. Green, you have now left me with a terrifying fear of what happens after death that I did not have until I delved into your books. I’m not quite scared of death itself, but more of the unknown darkness beyond

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Katie and Rebecca September 16, 2014 at 7:05 am

We loved this book… Make a squeal…. NOWW!!

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Paige September 17, 2014 at 12:23 am

John,

I know you get many questions and comments but I was wondering if you’ve ever thought or considered Kaya Scodelario as Alaska Young in a Looking for Alaska film?

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Taylor Hart September 17, 2014 at 4:48 pm

This is my favorite book.
I also think that this should be made into a movie. Hands down.

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Ruby September 18, 2014 at 9:15 pm

I’m writing a review thing for school about looking for Alaska.
We have been told we are in a burning house and we can only save one book and I saved looking for Alaska. This book has truly changed my life.

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Tim C September 18, 2014 at 9:22 pm

Dear Mr. Green,

Well thanks a lot. I’ve been moping around the house for 2 days, mourning Alaska’s death. It’s ridiculous that a grown man would do this.

Sincerely,

Tim C

PS Excellent book

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Mia Harding September 19, 2014 at 12:12 am

I love this book i read the fault in our stars but i like this one better! Great have to read It! Shout out Meg Waite!

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mariana September 19, 2014 at 12:09 pm

i just finish the book!!!!!
is so incredible, i love it, my two faborite books are: the fault in our stars and looking for alaska.

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Erin September 21, 2014 at 12:56 pm

John this is so so so so so important Hannah Bingham NEEDS to play Alaska Young. Please, it is so important

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Carla September 21, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Love love loved Looking For Alaska! My first read by John was The Fault Within Our Stars and I have been hooked since! Can’t wait to read Paper Towns!

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Natalie Bednarek September 22, 2014 at 2:11 am

Hi John,
I may be the only person to comment about a different book rather than The Fault in Our Stars (even though I thought that was a wonderful book too). Looking for Alaska was just such a fantastic book in so many ways. On a personal note, the book added some needed closer onto my life. Four years ago, a very close friend of mine passed away. She was Alaska: beautiful, daring, independent. She was found in her closet with a cord around her neck. Her death has been declared as an accident from playing the choking game. She impacted so my people including herself with her bubbly personality, kindness, humor, and beauty. Why would she want to take her life? And why would she play this deadly game? Looking for Alaska really taught me something in answering that question: it doesn’t matter. The way Miles realizes it doesn’t matter at the end of the book is so significant and I am so appreciate that Miles decides this. There is so much truth in it. Because it really doesn’t matter at this point if she took her own life or was playing a stupid game. I forgive her.
All and all, I truly want to thank you for the way your words and this book have added guidance and reassurance into my life. I hope to someday be able to write and impact the way you have.

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selma September 22, 2014 at 7:04 am

Hey john is it okay if my story is called An Imperial Descendant? Or should I change it? Because the story is inspired from tfios and its name is just almost exactly the same like An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten in Tfios.

Thanks :)

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Francesca Duffany September 22, 2014 at 8:40 am

Dear Mr. Green,

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More September 23, 2014 at 7:40 am

I don’t write a leave a response, but after browsing a few of the comments on this page Looking for Alaska.
I do have 2 questions for you if it’s okay.
Is it just me or do some of the responses appear like they
are written by brain dead visitors? :-P And, if you are writing at other sites, I would like to follow everything
new you have to post. Would you make a list of all of all your social sites like your
twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

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Florencia September 23, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Hi,John.I just wanna tell you something,and ask you one or two or one million things about looking for Alaska.For you to know it,i totally hate reading by pdf.I just can’t.It drives me crazy.But well,when i heard about the last words of pudge,i totally agreed in reading it by pdf.It’s definetelly the best book ever.And,now,I bought Looking For Alaska in english,and I’m reading it with a dictionary by my side,just for the pleasure of reading your words like they were written.Not being distorted by the person who had translate it.And i also want you to know that i’m from Argentina,and it’s a sweet-torture reading the fucking book in another idiom over and over again.But it’s worth it.All i want for my future is to be able to write at least a book that can be compared (i don’t care if it says ‘a horrible book inspired in Green’s words) with one of your books.
After saying you that i’m completely grateful,
i’m letting here a couple of questions:
1)How do you now exactly when to kill the correct characters?
2)I investigated a lot about music inspired in Looking For Alaska as you said,but I couldn’t find any.I would like to know the title,maybe I can be obsessed with something more about Alaska.
3)What do you think is the best context to wirte?

p.s. Sorry for my english,i’m trying to improve it.

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Luthfi Kautsar September 25, 2014 at 8:18 am

Fantastically beautiful John ! I rarely read , but when I start to read some book.. that book is gotta be really special and guess what.. I read yours .

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Haley September 25, 2014 at 1:25 pm

ps email me if you write back

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Alana Kipe September 26, 2014 at 12:53 pm

I have tried to include big words and meaningful metaphors but in reality I am being a clique fan and in many ways copying your books. Basically me and my boyfriend are obsessed with Looking for Alaska and The fault in Our Stars. We sit around reading to each other. The first time we said “I love you” was through Gus’ quote on 153. Seriously, we’d love a reply. Even just one word.
Sincerely, Alana and Mason

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Verena September 26, 2014 at 4:07 pm

This book truly inspired me. Your words go through my brains and before it hits me, i grabbed my guitar. This led to a song that i wrote because of my passion, just like how you wrote this book with your passion. I just want to thank you for inspiring most of the readers here, helping them getting through difficult times with just words and your imagination. Because most everyone has their Alaska, Gus and so on and so on… But not to forget, we all lead our own story.
For those who are interested, this is my passion and i’d like to share it with you. http://youtu.be/X56nUNw9qSA

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ITWASAKIDNEYINFECTION September 28, 2014 at 1:26 am

WHAT IS THIS PLACE

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Let me lick u September 28, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Agreed

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ITWASAKIDNEYINFECTION September 28, 2014 at 7:44 pm

IM CONFUSED LIKE OMNICTIONARY ITS REAL?!

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THEMOTHERFUCKINGFOX September 28, 2014 at 8:05 pm

Im tired

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sveva September 29, 2014 at 11:06 am

Dear John,
I’m Sveva, an ordinary 13 year old living in Italy. I’m perenially mulling over the “Great Perhaps”, and “The Labyrinth”. Since I finished reading “Looking for Alaska”, I’ve dithered about, inquiring whether the Great Perhaps is the actual cause of the Labyrinth. I mean… does depression (or deep sadness or hower you wanna call it) makes us believe that there is a Labyrinth? Do we create our own lingering suffering? Are we what we believe in? This may be an utter incorrect way of thinking, but it’s my opinion. I’d like to fathom what you mean by “The Labyrinth” and “The Great Perhaps”. I’d like to know what you really believe… not what Bolivar or Rabelais imposed you to believe.
With great admiration,
Sveva.

P.s. I’m Italian so I may have made some errors… sorry :)

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Joy September 29, 2014 at 11:31 pm

I’m in love with the late Alaska young! I honestly see myself in her!

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