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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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.”

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結婚指輪 July 15, 2015 at 12:20 am

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黒くてぶっといのが欲しいんだろ? 欲しいんだろ? 欲しいんだろ?
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東北梅雨明けしました。明日は34℃予想‥可愛い我が子は夏休みp(^-^)q 数少ない友達にも前もって結婚式には呼ばないでくれ宣言をしてた


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Romina July 15, 2015 at 6:12 pm

I loved this book! At the begining I hated Alaska a little bit, but then I felt sad for Miles


Cynthia July 15, 2015 at 9:24 pm

John thank you for providing us with such wonderful readings


Jesús July 17, 2015 at 1:13 pm

Las personas vivimos en interminables laberintos, creados por nuestros sentimientos, en la mayoría de los casos de odio, tristeza y culpa. Si las religiones fueran un verdadero mapa, tal vez sería más simple vivir en paz, pero no, ellas sólo muestran su verdad y aunque todas esas verdades tienen puntos en común, al final cada persona posee una historia y una verdad diferente. Somos seres únicos pero extrañamente unidos con esos puntos en común, con esas partes de verdades en común. Sin embargo, para poder vivir en paz es necesario el perdón a nosotros mismo y a las personas que nos han hecho daño, eso nos termina librando de los laberintos que se crean por sentimientos negativos.

Gracias John, me hubiese gustado leer este libro unos años atrás.


Patricia P. July 17, 2015 at 10:07 pm

John Hello, I am from Chile. I have some questions about this book … Alaska commits suicide ? because she had no reason or understand what the book. And that was how I felt about Miles in this case El Gordo ? I need to know …
Thank you very much for this wonderful book


Alexa July 19, 2015 at 11:47 am

thank You wonderful Book


jordania x. July 20, 2015 at 10:30 pm

Olá senhor green , I could write my little message in Portuguese, more like want Polpar sacred time of Lord of reading letter pro letter, is a great privelegio be here writing, and I hope you answer my message, who are you alaska? It is incredible, without comment his other works I’ll still read because actually do every question in the world to read all of them, since lir some comments that you made about who are you Alaska? more WHAT more inspired you to write this magnificent story? and no further questions will be possible soon to a movie fans?


Anirudh July 22, 2015 at 4:52 am

Hello sir, After reading this book it seems like their is still more to it. There are so many unanswered questions about alaska. Why was she so moody?, did she loved pudge/miles or not. Alaska is still mysterious. Would you mind telling me what alaska really wanted in her life. Did she really killed herself.


Gabriela July 22, 2015 at 9:42 pm

Sou perdidamente apaixonada pelos seus livros. As historias são surpreendentes.


Edlla July 23, 2015 at 3:20 am

I finished reading the book “Who are you, Alaska?” and I wonder if she committed suicide or was it an accident? This book needs with certain continuity, I want answers, please.


Chloe July 23, 2015 at 8:59 am

Looking for Alaska is my favourite book ever and I have read it like 7 times. I was wondering if there are any plans to make this into a film? Kaya Scodelario would make a great Alaska, in my opinion!


luz alejandra July 24, 2015 at 10:59 am

dear writer John Green a few days ago finished looking for alaska and I really fascinated much this book has shown me and taught that life is to enjoy it we do not know at what point we die and we have to make the most and that all people from a point of view they have problems. but you can overcome them, but also this book has left me a very clear concept and is the lescence and the power we have to change our lives in a way radical.en it and know it is the stage where we have to be stronger never. adolescence and youth is ephemeral I must admit I was very touched by this story do you have a lot of talent and great performance making congratulate in advance you are one of my many favorite writers, stay with many doubts in this book I would love to know: passing with miles halter? He goes university? it becomes to find Takumi and the Colonel? I hope you please answer my questions because no more nothing to say God bless Mr. Green in his long career as a writer thanks for writing such wonderful stories for us


Klara July 24, 2015 at 12:17 pm

(Before I start writing I just want to say sorry for my bad English, I’m from Sweden and I’m 14 so I’m not full learned) Hello, John Green. I really really love your books, everyone of them, but my favourite is Looking for Alaska (and The fault in our stars). It’s something whit your books that just make me want to read more and more. I’m not usually reading very much and I think it’s hard to find good books. I just have to say, your books are awesome. They’re funny and sad and it’s love in it and everything a book should have. I’m really thankful for your books and I just want to say that your the best writer, you writes it perfectly
Love, Klara


Elena July 25, 2015 at 1:47 pm

This book will haunt me with excitement every night, of every day. This is what I call a proper book, I would like one to be followed after, but I know that would spoil what has already been made. Even though it is sad, it fills me up with lots of emotions at once. I wish every other book did that, this is a sign of a good book! Thank you for creating a story like no other, and doesn’t have a happy ending like others!

Kind regards, Elena


joss reinoso July 25, 2015 at 11:13 pm

señor john green resiva un cordial saludo de mi parte desearia saber mas sobre alaska realmente sentia algo por miles ?? por que jake (su novio ) no asistio a su funeral y alaska se suicido?? por que ??


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