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.


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.”

{ 1932 comments… read them below or add one }

led_xo November 20, 2014 at 11:01 am

Hi. I think it would be really nice to read this book from the Alaska’s point of view.


Valentina November 20, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Hey John Im very fan of your books are really amezing, im reading “looking for alaska” and i think that is the best book i’ve ever read in my life, im sure your too busy to read this, because your doing the Paper Town’s Movie, I really want to see the movie NOW hahaha..

Thanks for the books your amazing.
A Fan.


Giselle Ara├║jo Freire November 20, 2014 at 8:48 pm

hi, John Green
I am 12 years old, and I’m a fan too I read the whole book before you get questions that are at the end of the book. And at the end of his book has a quote from a newspaper that says: “This debut novel is a sample of the raw talent of John Green, the kind of talent that makes you reach the last page of the book as a completely different person.” And really this book answered many questions of my life, with the death of a relative. I had never been able to understand those feelings, and now I know that we all have a big maybe. And some questions do not deserve to be solved. Equal to the word I love you, you turned into a larger word yet, it is “okay” okay and that changed my life as well as everything that is written on your other books I’ve ever read. And I thank you for answering a question I did not know the answer for 3 years.

But for which there is a distance I still go to the United States just to meet you. (I know you’re very busy, but I hope you read)


harmonie November 21, 2014 at 12:16 am

amazing book and was a story ill never forget beacause a story just like that haappend in my life :(


Daniel D November 21, 2014 at 5:21 pm

I’ve read all your books once and most of them twice. You seriously effect people SO much and I hope you use that power responsibly. You’re a modern genius and I’m SO obsessed with your work. I have yet to read something you’ve composed without being emotionally compromised by the ending. (I legitimately sobbed at the end of Paper Towns). Anyway, best of luck with your movie shooting, I hope it comes out as well as TFIOS.
a huge admirer.


diana November 22, 2014 at 2:36 am

I love your books john green. …so beyond awesome. Please write another book. Can’t wait. Im your biggest fan.


Imogen Horn November 22, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Hi! I love your books so much, especially Looking For Alaska and Paper Towns. Paper Towns was definitely my favorite though. I know there’s a lot of popularity for The Fault in our Stars, but I was wondering which book is your favorite? I mean, which one are you most proud of?
Imogen Horn


Manuela November 23, 2014 at 12:22 am

hi!! john, i love this book more than my entire life. Is just amazing, i’m so in love with Alaska Young, and i cried SOOOOOO MUCH WITH THIS DAMN BOOK. I LOVE IT SO MUCH. Is just perfect, really. Thanks for writing it. Greetings from Argentina!


J November 23, 2014 at 3:12 pm


I’m a 13 year old girl who obsesses over books. I’m not going to say I’m ashamed; I’m not. The first series I read was the Harry Potter collection and from then on, books have been my best friends. I read to fill up, I read to enjoy and most of all, I read to escape reality. The fact that you can jump into a different world by just reading a page of ink is amazing. When I was 12, I came across The Fault in our Stars. That book: My mind=blown. I loved the way you wrote, John Green, and I needed more of your books. I fan girled all over the story, characters and cried so much I didn’t think I would have any tears to shed for a year. I then read Paper Towns which I loved as much as TFIOS. Your style of writing is so comforting, a teen can become friends with you so easily. After living in the world of Quentin Jacobsen and Margo Roth Spiegelman, I read Looking for Alaska. The words which you use hold so much power, I’m left gobsmacked. Ive started reading Will Grayson now and I have full faith in you not to disappoint me. Thank you for such an amazing experience with books. I always recommend your books to people. When I’m all grown up, I’ll make sure I thank you again for a beautiful childhood.

I hope you’re proud.

xxx -J


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