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.”

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Im fine March 20, 2014 at 6:41 am

hi there i really love all of john greens books that i have reasd so far and i am looking forwards to reading more. *SPOILER ALERT DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVENT READ LOOKING FOR ALASKA BEFORE YOU HAVE BEEN WELL WARNED*


Im fine March 20, 2014 at 6:44 am

* SPOILER ALERT* sorry i got cut off mid sentence but yeah spoilers ahead i finshed looking for alaska last night and was sitting onn my bed in tears for about 15 mins at alaska death it just devestated me i fell in love with that character like you fall asleep slowly then all at once


Analyssa Garza April 7, 2014 at 7:39 pm

Oh my gosh that quote at the end just killed me


Grace April 8, 2014 at 1:00 pm

It was a slick quote I will admit, although slightly wrongly used (I hope that makes sense)


Steven Harrison April 10, 2014 at 1:08 pm

I’m at school when I write this but I’m about to cry. I fell in love with Alaska’s character. My friend told me about the book. He said it was a good book. Then, I started reading it. I got into the story and now because she died I don’t want to read it. She was my favorite character.


Reba Ozier April 11, 2014 at 10:10 am

you just talked about two amazing books in one text. you, my book reading friend, are amazingtasicly awesome.


Reader April 14, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Umm is that quote from this book or tfios


nicole March 20, 2014 at 1:54 pm

im reading LFA and im 5 pages away from finishing and I figured out why Alaska was freaking out as soon as Pudge/Miles saw her doodle of the daisy and im so glad John Green wrote it so they found out quickly so I wouldn’t be frustrated that they didn’t see it. this comment is lame but still


Julie March 21, 2014 at 11:44 am

Hi John,
I’m currently typing this in school because in library class, we have to get 10 facts about our favourite authour, so I chose you. My friend let me borrow her book that her mother had gotten her, The Fault In Our Stars, and i absolutely adored it. I cried a total of 3 times while Augustus had died. Such a touching, yet moving ending. You have changed my perspective on life itself. I’m currently reading Looking For Alaska, and I’m at the part when it’s Christmas vacation for them. I am loving this book. I can’t wait until I buy the rest of you’re books. You’ll be hearing from me again.

Yours Reader,


no one March 27, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Thanks for ruining the book for me:( !!


M.Thode March 29, 2014 at 6:51 pm

hey, I love this book, but I wouldn’t have read the comments. Spoilers are in these Looking For Alaska and John Green fans’ comments.


Amro March 21, 2014 at 9:22 pm

I really honestly truly strongly believe this book should be a movie. And not a cutesy, teenage-girl movie either. But, it should show teenagers and adults alike what it means to lose someone who meant a whole lot to you. It should show blind love, or foggy love, in it’s true nature. Loving someone who you can’t have is a pretty horrible thing, if not absolutely shitty. I’ll continue to comment (I literally finished WG,WG in 1st period and i swear it’s a work of art)


Sarah March 21, 2014 at 11:33 pm

Hey John Green. I don’t know if you read these comments (because you probably get a lot of them) but please read mine. I have two self-destructive friends who are almost playing out your book in real life. They are opposites aside from that one trait. He (I’ll call him E) is hopelessly unselfish, and she (H) is the most selfish person I know. E would do anything to make her happy, even at his own cost. Unlike Alaska, H isn’t trying to die. She’s only drinking, smoking, and having sex to get attention and to make her feel better. She’s a time bomb, terrorizing people with psychological shock waves while her friends try to diffuse her, but no matter what we do someone is going to press a wrong button and she’s going to blow up at all the people close to her. E doesn’t deserve that. After she would do something drastic, he would comfort her. But it hurts him emotionally. He gets so low and so down that he considers doing something that would hurt him permanently. E loves your books also. He’s the one who made the connection. That’s why I’m leaving this comment. I was wondering if you had any advice for him, or for me so that I can help him. He wants to be an author when he’s older, and he writes some great stuff. So if you could write back, it would be appreciated very much.
Thank you for words that understand,


Jeffifer March 25, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Zayauuuuummm is you writing an essay


Sarah March 30, 2014 at 10:54 pm

Zayauuuuuuummmmm maybe I was writing a prayer. Doesn’t matter anyways, John Green doesn’t read these.


Ilse March 22, 2014 at 6:14 pm

At this point in life, we must all start searching for our Great Perhaps.


john March 23, 2014 at 9:27 am

I ffucking LOVE this book


gregoria March 25, 2014 at 1:06 pm

now now watch your language


Rachael March 28, 2014 at 4:48 pm

I believe you mean, “fugging” (;


Lara March 24, 2014 at 10:25 am

Hello , I’m Lara and live in Brazil . I have two cousins ​​who are obsessed with you , they ‘ve read all his books and loved everyone. So … In my holidays I went to my dad’s house and he let me stay in the house of one of my cousins ​​for a week . I stayed in the house of Juli , there she had all her books . And one day I was with nothing to do and got the book on her bookshelf ‘ Blame it on the stars ‘ , when I started reading I thought ‘wow what a wonderful book! ‘ but I had to go though and I could not finish reading , I stopped at the part where Gus and she were having dinner in the restaurant that the author of the Hazel had paid for them to go . I could not find the book to buy here in my town and neither one of my friends had to lend it to me , I was very upset because I really wanted to know what happened , I was wondering if Gus can live with Hazel if the cancer was even cured Gus and many other questions that just reading the book I could get the answer .
 But after some time my mother and I traveled I asked her to buy me the book , just that she got it wrong and bought ‘ Who are you , Alaska ? ‘ . When I picked up the book in hand , I remembered that I had seen this book on the bookshelf in the house of Juli and decided to read to see if it was good as the ‘ Blame it on the stars ‘ . Today I ‘m still reading it , yes, it is much better than ‘ Blame it on the stars ‘ , he impressed me .
 A brother died yesterday from my aunt and I went with my mom drive into town where there would be his funeral , the road I was reading the book and I read that the mother died of a heart attack Alaska and the Alaska failed saved it because I was scared , with my aunt’s brother the same thing happened , his wife could not save him because he was very scared at the moment. I stopped reading , looked up to the book and was very shocked . But then I kept reading and I felt compelled to write you this letter to show you that.
 I think you can not read , it has many letters here , but I have a request. John Green : You can try to make the movie ‘Who are you , Alaska ‘ , I know you may have many of these applications , plus mine is going to be one of them . My mother always told me that I have to fight for my dreams , you make that movie is one of my dreams , and I ‘m fighting for him ( even if it’s just a letter ) .
 I can not speak English , so writing this letter I translated all the google translator, so some words may be wrong .
If you read this letter … I hope your answer , if not read …. I could at least vent here .
Thank you for your attention , Lara .


elise March 25, 2014 at 10:07 am

Thats because the book is called the fault in our stars.


Sonny March 28, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Yo, translations are often not literal, and Google translate is infamous for mucking things up, so please don’t be so rude to Lara. It clearly states in her letter that she does not speak English and that she is using Google translate to write to John. It is possible that the Portuguese or Spanish translations (she says she lives in Brazil) are called “Blame It On the Stars” and “Who Are You, Alaska?” Please try and remember that English is not, in fact, everyone’s first language and also that book titles are not the same in every language.


Lara March 30, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Thank you Sonny for defending me and understand me.


elise April 2, 2014 at 1:08 pm

._. nice


Connor April 5, 2014 at 5:09 am

Nice summary. Lol


Izzy March 24, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Hi mr. John Green! My name is izzy and I just finished LFA. I have some questions for you that I am dying to ask and there are too many to type here so i would love it if you emailed me. My email is frizzyizzy.lime@gmail.com thank you so much! I’m looking forward to talking to you :)


matea March 24, 2014 at 3:57 pm

I just want to thank you for helping through this tough time with your book Looking For Alaska. You have truly enlightened me.


olivia March 24, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Do you imagine Alaska Young having a southern accent?


Alaska March 25, 2014 at 7:19 am



Caroline L. April 17, 2014 at 12:51 am

No, it says Jake has a southern accent that Pudge had not heard any place other than the local McDonalds.

So Alaska does not.


AliceFray or Sarah? March 25, 2014 at 2:15 am

What the hell john green, what the hell?
First you get my hopes up. My hearts beating. My head is flying with my brains coming out my ears. I can finally do the splits. I can finally ride a zebra.
Then you make me want it. My hearts trying to tear from my chest. There is no going back. I’ve already bought into your charade and I will see it through the end. My head is reeling. There is nothing the book won’t do to make me happy. It calls to me. It enchants me. It trips me then helps me up. It’s a sour patch kids commercial.
Then you go and kill the best deranged/mysterious character ever written. You killed her/him. You kill me.
John Green killed me. It will make the newspaper headlines.
You are Alaska and I am the Colonel.
You are the cancer. I am Augustus Waters.
Apparently, the good characters just don’t deserve to live anymore because theyare such crappy people in general. The constant wrongdoings of Alaska killed her in the middle of the book and now I don’t get to find out her last words. Do I? And really, isn’t that what life is? Waiting it out until you can make a dramatic exit?
Looking for Alaska is like looking for that labyrinth metaphor or allusion that never came. It maddens me so to think that there will never be a sequel to books or life. The life of the book is over vamoosing me to the empty I will inevitably feel. The unanswered questions seething my brains to the boiling point of which water starts to vaporize threaten to invade that emptiness with madness.
There is a certain genius to this, I suppose, John Green. You have found the last button to push me off the edge…and yet I am still hanging on every quivering word of your ambiguous words on an opaque sheet of paper.
In an uncolorful book. Yes, opaque. Book pages are not white. Not yellow. But opaque with the deep gray letters slowly fading.
Just like characters do as they die or become depressed because of another’s death. Their personality slowly fading as the inconceivable shadows slowly become conceive able. Then you end it. The black is black. There is no deep gray words just black words that leave my angry unanswered questions shunned for eternity. I will never know.
What the hell, John Green?
Why can’t there be an Okay in a Great Perhaps at the end?
Is it that every story needs to have a sad, dramatic exit to get a point across? Could, for once, we be taught that our actions and syllables can save the world and make known the unknown? Or is it truely the melancholy massacres of whatever drama tears at us today, yesterday, tomorrow of which will always nag us into doing the right thing? Is there a story for that?
Where Alaska can turn back into the sea? And Miles can bask in her glory.
Why bittersweet ends instead of happily ever afters?


Alaska March 25, 2014 at 7:20 am

I totally agree.


Esther Guinto March 25, 2014 at 8:12 am

I agree with you one hundred percent..


Rachael March 28, 2014 at 4:53 pm

I think I’m crying…I’m pretty sure I am. That is the most beautifully written thing next to John Green, and this just about summed up everything I was feeling. I can’t even begin to describe it like you just did.

Thank you.


M.Thode March 29, 2014 at 6:54 pm

agree 100%… totally feel your pain.


Amanda April 1, 2014 at 5:24 pm

You seriously took the thoughts in my mind and wrote them out, thoughts I couldn’t fathom or understand how to explain through the alphabet. This was beautiful and I agree with everything you just said. I’m so tired of characters whom I look up to or I adore, that just end up dying. It upsets me beyond the point in which you could even think about.
I agree, what the hell, John Green?


heather March 25, 2014 at 10:27 am

ffffuck me


bob March 27, 2014 at 2:28 pm

fuck off


Alaska March 28, 2014 at 6:52 am

Okay. But I didn’t say that because I love my boyfriend.


Maddie March 25, 2014 at 4:57 pm

I’ve read this book a countless number of times, and I think my love for it grows even more each time. By far the best book I’ve ever read.


bob March 27, 2014 at 2:27 pm
lauren March 28, 2014 at 7:42 pm

I really appreciate your writing, John Green.


Júlia March 28, 2014 at 9:50 pm

aduçãoHello, I’m Julia. Loved the book is to blame the stars, but expected more from him. I’ll start reading Alaska and who you already told me that is much better than it is the fault of the stars, I read all!


Maddie March 28, 2014 at 11:01 pm

I can become very lost sometimes and as Alaska says, the labyrinth is miserable. I don’t know how Alaska could just leave. She meant so much to me, she sorta felt like my best friend. I can see my self sitting with her at the smoking hole and digging up liquor at the edge of the woods. Now that she is dead, I have no one that I can relate to. No one that thinks like me. I know Alaska is just a made-up character from a novel, but she was/is much more to me than that. All I really want to say thank you for creating someone that I can relate to. For creating someone that is unforgettable.


Rose March 30, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Wah.. C’est un roman remplit d’émotion, de sentiment et qui fit frissonner.. J’ai adorer. Merci. C’est magnifique. Choquant. Déchirant.


Paper Girl March 31, 2014 at 2:35 am

what Are alaska’s last Word ?


Hazel Ansel March 31, 2014 at 6:47 am

“i left a 300 dollars under…”


Chloe March 31, 2014 at 3:56 pm

I would love to know Alaska’s last words…


LyLy April 1, 2014 at 11:12 pm

Well, I’m sitting here listening to the Frozen soundtrack with my two year old sister writing a comment on the famous John Green’s website.
I have read every one of your books, and every single one was outstanding. I know you’ve probably heard that a million times, but that’s all that I was thinking after reading the books. You have such a creative mind, I wish everyone had the same ideas as you. Well, I guess I don’t actually wish that because there would be no special books because every single one would be amazing… :)
The Fault in our Stars is my favorite. Hazel and Augustus. Man, they will be forever be in my heart even when I’m an old lady laying in my hospital bed, breathing my last breath. I don’t think I’m even capable of forgetting them. As I was reading TFIOS, I fell more in love with the characters with every word.
I have so much more to say, but this comment is already way too long.
Please write more books. You’re good at that.



Cassidy April 2, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Now that I have your attention please go sign this looking for Alaska movie petition and share it where ever you like,



Rebecca Villarreal April 3, 2014 at 12:36 am

okay, so I read TFiOS like a month after the release and I just loved it (sorry if I have grammar mistakes I’m not even good at grammar in spanish so…) and just with that book you became my favorite author/writer. It is hard to get all your books here in Mexico, so I’ve only read two of them (promise to read them all), one of my friends bought “Looking for Alaska” and I literally just finished it like 10 min ago, and I was thinking about all of that you know, about suffering and the labyrinth and of course the search of the Great Perhaps, which I think we are all loking for, that’s what give us the strenghth to keep going in this labyrinth, I think. Anyway, I read the questions that you put and I wanted to answer them, probably you won’t read this but I’m gonna do it anyway because “Hope is beautiful” and I have hope. Okay let’s start!
1. I DO believe in God and forgiveness, and for me, yes, forgiveness is universal. And about the dead forgiving living, no dead do not forgive, dead is just dead, it kills, is rough and emotionless, is just… dead. In some way we do forgive dead because there is nothing we can do to stop it, but we still hate dead. I know, I’m not good explaining myself, sorry.
2. I really don’t thing that smokig is a symbolism, I just think that teenagers smoke because, as Pudge said in his essay, “we are as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be” and that is actually the meaning of people paying for their death, because we think nothing will ever destroy us.
3. I do like somethings about Alaska, like her energy, or somethings in her attitude but I don’t think we should always like people we read about. The one that I really, really liked was Pudge, I loved the way he sees the life, his personality and his awkwardness, he is like a guy I could go out with.
4. As I already said “getting out of this labyrinth” is the thing that keep us going, there has to be a meaning but most of us do not find it untill an advanced age and that is just sad. That is why, like Pudge I’m looking for my Great Perhaps.
5. “Straight & fast” was an option to me long time ago, now it seems my last choice but is still in the back on my mind, once you tought in it, it will never go away. Now in somehow I’m like Pudge and I just ignore it but I also know is there (I know kind of weird, sorry) but what I mean is that I rather living in a world of fantasy, books, series, movies, music and my friends, but at the same time I know is there because I am realistc too. It is true that I rather to live in my fantasy world than in the reality, but I know that that’s not happening, is it? So, how am I going to get out of here? I have no idea, I think I need to find my Great Perhaps or at least star to feeling like Pudge when he wrote his essay, I don’t know but when I figure out I’ll tell you.

Well, those were the question you wrote and those are my answers if you read it, I hope you don’t laugh and if you do I’m glad I made your day a little bit brighter. Thank you for making all those books, they are trully awesome, even though I haven’t read them all, thank you for giving me characters that relate with my life, and thank you for being part of my own little world.

BTW: if you read this, could you follow me? I know everyone say that to you, but it would be awesome. Your are one of my inspirations. God bless you and your family. And please, keep making books, please!!!!


Hannah W April 3, 2014 at 8:55 am

Hi John! Early last school year, I read TFIOS. This led me to start watching Vlogbrothers, and, over the course of the year, read your other books. I know there is little chance you will ever see this, but I really just want to say thank you to both you and Hank. You guys made me realize that if I wanted to help decrease World Suck, I first needed to make sure that I was in a good place, because helping people might make them happy, but I was still miserable. You helped me to be selfish in a good way, to take a step back from everything to ask myself if I was okay, and if what I was doing was really helping me and making me happy. I realized that nearly everything in my life, especially at school, made me deeply unhappy. The people I surrounded myself with made me feel terrible about myself and the things I loved and did. I wouldn’t talk about things I liked, I wouldn’t voice my opinions or wear clothes that I liked, and I never let myself acknowledge how miserable I was. But you and Hank helped me understand that I needed to surround myself with people who made me happy, so I cut out people who made me feel bad, and ended up not having anyone at school. I was alone for awhile, and the only source of happiness was watching Vlogbrothers. But then, I found happiness in two incredibly nerdy things: theatre and Latin Club. I found my love for (and, oddly enough, talent of) acting. But more importantly, these activities led me to a group of older kids who were so happy and so unapolageticly themselves. They became my friends, and they helped me to be myself and to be happier. However, later in the year, I developed an undiagnosed eating disorder (I never went to a doctor since my parents never realized what was happening). I probably dropped about 15-20 lbs in a little over a month. The only people who ever noticed were the older kids in theatre and Latin club. They helped me to get out of the bad place I was in, but I also realized that if I really wanted to be better, I couldn’t stay at a school where the only times I was happy were during rehearsals, the once-a-week Latin Club meetings, and while reading and watching Vlogbrothers. So I audtioned for the drama department at the Cincinnati School for the Creative and Performing Arts. I go to school there now, and I’m always surrounded by people who make me happy and genuinely care about me. I no longer worry too much about what I wear or what I love. It’s nearing my 14th birthday now, and I can’t believe how lucky I am to have amazing friends and be able to be in a truly wonderful and accepting community as the Nerdfighters. So, John Green, I jut want to say thank you. From the bottom of my heart and soul, thank you for helping me through such a bad and difficult period of my life. I’m sure that I will encounter worse, but now I have friends who will help me, and I have you, Hank, and the Nerdfighters. I know that there is very little chance that you will see this, but knowing that there is a chance that you might makes me so happy. A year ago, I couldn’t really be happy, but the fact that I now can makes me even happier. Because of you, I am now seemingly possessed with the simple and utter joy of being able to experience happiness, and for that, John, I can never thank you enough.


elena April 3, 2014 at 1:06 pm

I have just finished the book and I’m like… I feel very stupid bc life is a messy thing, and I’m just another person and I’m thinking: ‘I’m living in a One Hundred and Thirsty-six Days Before, and that days never ends and wow’ I’m confussed bc all your books make me think, a lot, and then I see things different. I love the way you write, I really love it. It’s like you can understant everything. And wow again. Your books are very close to everyone and I really love that. They are different and wonderful.

(And sorry if my english is awful, I’m spanish.)


Lou April 4, 2014 at 10:27 am

The first book that made my cry.


haley April 5, 2014 at 2:18 pm

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG i fell in love with pudge and alaska and then its like WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! alaska CANT DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the book was great tho


Maya April 6, 2014 at 10:14 am


John Green, i have a hate/love relationship for your writing and your books. I love them because your writing is so good, and it makes me fall in love and it makes me cry. I have only read The Fault In Our Stars and Looking for Alaska, but i am planning to read all of your books in the nearby future. I hate them because the characters that i fall in love with always dies. I cried in the middle of the night when Hazel got a phone call from Augustus parents, telling that the cancer had killed him. I cried in the gymnasium when the Eagle (i don’t know what you are calling Mr. Starnes in the USA, but in Norway we are calling him Eagle) told the whole school that Alaska was gone. And i wonder if some of your other books has a happy ending. But i think that i will love/hate all your books i will ever read.



esen April 8, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Hi John.
I’m not really sure do you read comments and i am from Turkey so i’m sorry i may have some spelling mistakes.
Looking for Alaska is such a perfect book that i can say it saved me from suicide.One of my friend made me read that book.First, i wasn’t really sure to read it but i loved it.You know, my life is not perfect.I don’t have much friends maybe one from another counrty or city and i’m not sure are we friends anymore.I’m lame.I’m a lonely girl who is trying to escape from the labyrinth that is life.Because there was so pain.I couldn’t stand being lonely and lame or being the one who always be hated.They call me slut.They make jokes in front of everyone.And since i read Looking for Alaska, i was sure to kill myself.But after? What was gonna happen? I had friends, such as my mother.She was here.She was with me.She loved me.So i couldn’t give her my death news.I’m just a young girl, and i know, my life will be ‘perfect’ one day.I’ll live to see.I’ll smile, maybe it will be fake but i’m gonna smile.I’ll live my life the best.Thanks so much for writing, i may talked too much.Thanks so much, sir, your books have changed my life i’ve read them all.They changed my life style.They made a better version of me.So thank you.Thanks for everything.Hope you will read it :)


Mary April 9, 2014 at 7:35 am

Mr. Green, let me thank you for your creativity. Your books-ideal thing in adolescence. Reading your book, I can not hold back the tears as I find myself in each of the characters. I wish you success and all the best.
Your fan


-p April 9, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Looking For Alaska is so amazing <3<3<3

Alaska reminds me of Margo a lot too. I don't know if anyone else felt like this but they were so alike.

akdjfhksdjghgkljalk. <3 This book is perfect.


Reader April 9, 2014 at 9:21 pm

Are they making a movie to Looking For Alaska!!!!!!! if they are I am going to die!!!


rai_roxy April 9, 2014 at 10:03 pm

I was so sad when I knew that Alaska died. She was always so unpredictable and a fun person. I would never that she is going to die. Pudge loved her. And he didn’t have a chance to tell her. It made me feel sadder when every time Pudge would say Alaska last words to him. ‘To be continued?’. I have a question. Does Alaska loved Miles too?


rai_roxy April 11, 2014 at 11:00 pm

I would never thought that Alaska is going to die.


Steven Harrison April 10, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Dear John, you are a great author and I love your book. I think I’m going to start reading more of your books.


Alexis Umstott April 10, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Dear Mr. Green,
I just want to thank you for producing one of the most emotionally distressing novels I’ve ever read. Looking For Alaska was such a surprisingly deep, and mind working books written in a recent era. Having been referred this book with no back history, or spoilers, I was utterly shocked, in pained, emotional, and tear filled. I don’t think I myself have ever cried so violently because a book was over. I’m midway through The Fault in Our Stars at the moment, and I have to admit that your writing is purely genius. Unlike what I’ve studied of your schooling years I’ve always been, or attempted to be quite the model student, but as I age I find my schooling less and less important. There are real lessons to be learned, and some you just cannot be taught in a class room. I’ve learned many lessons from your books. So as I close I just wish to say, Thank you Mr. Green.
Yours Truly,
Alexis Umstott, future author.


Kenzie Annette April 10, 2014 at 9:24 pm

I just got into John Greens books. I was introduced to his books by my friend.
I am almost done with Looking For Alaska. I am so into the book. It was sad when Alaska died. I cried to my mom about it for hours afterward.
But I love John Green , he’s my favorite author!
I’ll start to read more of his books.


Emma April 11, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Dear john,
I read Looking for Alaska. It was such a unique, emotional, brilliant, and in some ways relatable book. As soon as I read “But I’m going to read them all. I call it my Life’s library. Every summer since I was little, I’ve gone to garage sales and bought all the books that looked interesting. So I always have something to read. But there is so much to do: cigarretes to smoke, sex to have, swings to swing on, I’ll have more time for reading when I’m old and boring.” I was overcome with so much content. I knew there was something about her. And as I continued reading, I began to know why. I relate to Alaska like macaroni relates to cheese. I never thought that someone could write up a more perfect, imperfect being. That’s what I love about your books. You write it as it is. No “She woke up in her lover’s arm’s with a face as lovley as a rose, and then he carried her away in his strong, muscular, handsome arms to a far away palace where they got married and had perfect children… blah blah… the end.” You write about imperfections. I think that is the most wonderful thing a writer can do. Reading doesn’t just make you smarter or more creative, it influences your life in small, simple ways. So, if I were to read about a perfect girl, in a perfect world, who met a perfect lover, I would think that that is how life is supposed to be like. perfect. You once told me that you believe books are a conversation between the reader and the writer. and I must tell you, that was the best conversation I have ever had. You tell beautiful stories that can also influence everyday life. You have taught me that it is okay to be different. You aren’t horrible if you make stupid mistakes. Life is precious and we shouldn’t waste a second of it, we should always look for that great perhaps. People die and we don’t know why. Life has many mysteries, and we can never escape pain. You have impacted my life with our conversation Mr. Green. I hope one day, we can have another conversation.
Yours most sincerely,


Nykola April 12, 2014 at 9:41 pm

I also read this book. Very well written. I reccomend it to my friends.
My question is why did you call it “Looking for Alaska”?

From Nykola


thefrozencat April 12, 2014 at 9:57 pm

LFA is an awesome book, I loved it and I cried over it. Please write more awesome books John Green. :)> bearded smiley lol, I accidently did that. :).


Serena April 16, 2014 at 1:07 pm

Yes I hope he writes more books too


nafeesa April 14, 2014 at 4:19 am

tis book…..is HELL!!! my god!!! m still senti..!!! :’(


Nicolle April 14, 2014 at 11:41 am

This book is very well written buttttt you Sr. are not allowed to miss with my feels like that, but I love you


Jacqueline April 16, 2014 at 11:54 am

Looking for Alaska is my favorite book. Thank you for writing such an amazingly wonderful book. I have read Looking for Alaska and recently finished The Fault In Our Stars, and although they are both amazing, I fell in love with Looking for Alaska. I can’t wait to read other books by you!


AY April 16, 2014 at 9:12 pm

I read this book over and over :-)


Laura April 17, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Okay guys, seriosuly… no wonder Mr. John doesn’t answer -or read, I don’t know- to our comments… I have lost my comment from yesterday and guess what? 5 pages back and still haven’t found it yet!
Love y’all!


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