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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ITWASAKIDNEYINFECTION October 26, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Why hello there again. I would like to become your friend. So email me sometime madisonduncanbooks@gmail.com


anna October 17, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Dear John green,
i read a lot and i really like to read things that make you think about certain things or may change your point of view in some kind of way. I have now read all of your books. Also im german but i keep reading your books in english because i think that you are not really able to put yourself into one authors point of view without speaking his language. Anyways i want to say that looking for alaska in my opinion is the best of all your books. Not only because of its awesome plot but because of the characters who emphasize and represent the thoughts of people that age. So thank you for sharing your amazing books with us i would really love to read another book of yours.


Cecily Stranahan October 22, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Well done reading John Green in English! Some German people consistently read my blog and I have wondered if they can speak English or instant translate. You might want to check out my entry: Not In My Stars


Brandi October 18, 2014 at 9:40 am

Hi john green my name is Brandi and I just finished this book I read it for a book project it brought me to tears more than once. My question is what did happen to alaska? And you might not want to answer that but I have another one too how did tukami feel when he came back were they all friends again?


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did the author conveynhis message to the header


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I discovered the vlogbrothers earlier this year but slowly over time they have helped me with my confidence to vlog, be a nerd and as of yesterday finally tempted me back to audiobooks.

I have just finished Looking For Alaska and already have An Abundance Of Katherine’s in my phone for Sunday’s entertainment.


unwichtig October 20, 2014 at 4:09 am

bad book


David Tome October 20, 2014 at 4:12 am

Wer das liest ist dumm XD


221bTARDISblue October 20, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Nothin´ but mature and grown up, aren´t we?


unwichtig2 October 20, 2014 at 4:50 am

right …


screw u October 20, 2014 at 4:21 pm

you are dumb thinking this was not a good book , do u know how to read .


You're stupid October 26, 2014 at 10:07 pm

You apparently don’t know a real and good author, this book is amazing. How dare you offend it.


sara October 20, 2014 at 2:12 pm

dear John Green,
i’m italian, and i want to tell you that this book change my life. you’re a beautiful person, and your book are fantastic. there aren’t any words to describe it

xxx Sara, Italy


eli October 20, 2014 at 4:17 pm

I loved reading this amazing book by John Green . I did have a problem with the reasoning of the book being called finding Alaska , I think it should of been called Finding Colver Creek . Over all out standing book . go and read now .


Manon October 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm

It’s not finding Alaska it’s looking for Alaska which is a perfect title for the book


Darah Roberta October 21, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Hi, John, how are you?
Well… Looking for Alaska became to be my favorite book. I’ve read a lot of books after Alaska, but none of them can be better. Oh, my God, Alaska is perfect. She is the kind of girl I wanna be. I know that she is crazy, but that’s the point of being human, be crazy, isn’t it? Okay, I have to ask it. How could you write this amazing story? Have you lived something like that? Because you’ve written with so much feelings that I can’t stop thinking that you lived something that you wrote in this book. And it’s the first book that you wrote, please, tell me, have you lived something like that? I’m getting crazy here. Please, tell me.


Lea October 21, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Dear John,
i´m Lea and i´m fourteen years old.
I live in Germany and i love your books <3
I read Looking for Alaska after The fault in our stars and I LOVE it….
In the end i cried, sometimes i put myself too much in the figures :o
I have a question… i´ve heard that you want to make a Movie with the script of Looking for Alaska, is that true?
Sorry for my English i only learn it in School but I hope you answer me :) <3
Best wishes from Germany,

Your Lea <3


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Hannah Rahn October 21, 2014 at 9:22 pm

Dear John Green,
Thank you for writing so many wonderful books! I just finished Looking for Alaska and it is one of the greatest books I have ever read. Although when Alaska died I threw the book on my bedroom floor and proceeded crying on my bed… once I could see the worlds again without my vision blurring from tears, I continued to read. It was hard though, I felt as if I lost one of my best friends and I was even doubting she was really dead, much like Pudge and the Colonel. I know it’s only a book and some of my friends think it’s ridicules I get sad over this, but i do. How can i not? Your writings are some of the best I have ever read, thanks again so much!


Sydjee October 22, 2014 at 8:27 am

Dear John green
I have just just finished your book Looking for Alaska, which is incredible and surprising. . The way Alaska dies is rough but in a sense.he look like so much although I think that that would end in a different way. I like simply the way laquel you have this paper this book. Impatient person to read your other books.


Addie Emma October 22, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Dear John Green,
My love for reading comes and goes much like waves recede from the shore only to be drawn back in. Of all the books that have passed through my hands “Looking for Alaska” is insurmountable. I have never felt such a connection to the words that my eyes ran over. I have never been so overcome with emotion and gratitude for an Author. Thank you for writing such a beautiful book. It has become an item of significant life change for me and I will never be able to completely express my gratitude for giving me Alaska and Pudge.
Forever Thankful,
Addie Emma.


Jacqui October 22, 2014 at 8:43 pm

Dear Mr.Green,
I do have to say that once I finished reading “Looking For Alaska” I saw things in a different way. I am a reader who loves to pick out beautiful lines that natural have some type of meaning to them, and in your book I had pick out more than I ever had in any other book. The idea of the Labyrinth of Suffering is just exquisite! The way you followed that idea throughout the entire book was just fa-nominal, and giving us the solution at the end, “The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive,” fit perfectly into the book. I love how “Looking For Alaska” kept me on the edge of my seat, and wanting to keep reading. I took a lesson out of your book, and that was to forgive. Forgive is the way out of the labyrinth. Not only was the idea of the labyrinth of suffering one of my favorite parts about your book, I also love how Pudge memorized peoples last word. My favorite last words that Pudge had memorized was by Thomas Edison, ” It’s very beautiful over there. I dont know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere and I hope it’s beautiful.” But I wanted to thank you for writing such a wonderful book! This book has now become my favorite book and I could easily read it over and over again without it ever getting old! Your and amazing author, and I have read many of your other writing and was just as amazed with them as I am with “Looking For Alaska.” I look forward to reading more of you exquisite writings!
Thank You


Elena October 23, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Dear Mr. Green,

Thank you for opening a new world within my mind.


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Isabella Wright October 23, 2014 at 10:50 pm

I can’t really explain what happened when I first read tfios. I had never read anything so beautiful. After reading all your other books, I knew that I had found myself. I’m always found in your books, escaping reality page by page. I bring your books everywhere, particularly tfios. Within the pages of your books I found the world I really belong in. Explaining what I discovered is hard. Just, thank you for writing the worlds I belong to.


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Emma October 25, 2014 at 2:46 pm

looking forward to reading this book


Madison Duncan October 26, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Why Hello there John,
I know you will never see this as you have many comments. But I would like to put it out there that I have been looking up last words ever since reading ‘Looking For Alaska’ I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOOK! Oh and by the way, if anyone (fangirls or fanboys) is looking for a friend, feel free to email me. madisonduncanbooks@gmail.com


Wislon Mateo October 27, 2014 at 10:38 am

Hello there John,

I have read Looking for Alaska, The Fault In Our Stars and paper towns. Pretty good books :D.

I just recently found out that Looking for Alaska was banned in some high schools. I was pretty impressed to realize the number of books that are banned every year. I would argue that freedom of speech in an inalienable right. I would like to hear your thoughts about books being banned.

Best regards


Kitana October 27, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Please email me! I am interested in auditioning for the role of Alaska in the movie. I think I would be decent for it, this is my favorite book and has been for a while. I can quote it front to back (Adding to my Alaska-ness) and I’ve been looking for acting opportunities. This movie will, no doubt, be amazing since it would be impossible to make a mockery of any of your books. Please, shoot me an email.


Payton ^-^ October 27, 2014 at 10:18 pm

Literally if you say you don’t like this book and you say you really truly mean it you’re lying very hard


Ariana B October 28, 2014 at 1:57 am

Hi John Green
I was wondering if you were ever going to have Looking for Alaska as a movie.
Do you think it could be a consideration? Or is it just too beautiful to risk?


Lillian October 28, 2014 at 10:38 pm

This should be a movie. It would be the best movie ever. I’d be glad to.help.you in any sort of way, just not money. I don’t have any of that. This is the best book I’ve ever read. I finished it in about 5 days or less. It made me cry. I wish there was a second part but it would be worthless without Alaska. Thanks for an amazing book!


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Jonathan Wang October 30, 2014 at 12:03 am

To the author who inspires me, book by book. Not even sure if this will ever be read by you. Nonetheless, I have nothing to lose..besides no response haha. First and foremost, I want to say thank you for having the courage and brain to write this marvelous story and for finding a way into my life. Whether people may agree or not, I find this book to be the true hero of all your publications. It may be because it resonates with me the most. Indubitably. I know you’re busy working on the Paper Towns movie and I am stoked that the book is coming to life. Simply I want to just show gratitude in words of the author that wrote the book that helped me move on and accept moving on. I like to refer to you in third person…as you can tell. I hope many more people can read “Looking for Alaska” and take knowledge and soul from the book, as I did. So thank you, John Green because if I am the drizzle you were definitely the hurricane that changed and wrecked my life.

I know you’ll continue to do what you do best (No pressure!)

From your loyal and honest fan,


Caitlin October 30, 2014 at 9:43 am

My name is Caitlin and I have just finished reading Looking for Alaska.I have a few questions though. Does the Colonel ever find the money to buy his mother a house? What happens to the rest of the people in the book in senior year? Do they stop smoking? Do Lara and Miles ever get back together and, most importantly of all, does the woman at Coosa Liquors ever pluck the hair from the mole? I really hope that you answer these questions. Maybe you will because in the Fault in our Stars (great book by the way. After reading it I forced it upon the rest of my family. They seemed to enjoy it although my mother, who has not read it, is sick and tired of me quoting the book,) Peter van Houten does not answer Hazel’s questions and I think that in his character you embodied the generic bad author. Maybe I’m just over analysing everything. I do that a lot.

Finally I would just like to say that I really love your books. One day I want to be able to write as well as you can. You are my role model. That was sappy. I am sorry. I’ve never been good at ending letters.

Your loyal fan/fangirl



Dayna October 30, 2014 at 8:21 pm

what inspired you to write looking for Alaska


Nikita Bustos October 31, 2014 at 12:27 am

Hi John!
I’m a huge fan of your books, especially Looking For Alaska and Paper Towns. I know you’ve already picked casts and the movie for Paper Towns will be released next year (i can’t wait to watch it with my friends, who are also huge fans of your books!). So, i was wondering, when will be the release date of the movie for Looking For Alaska and have you already picked casts? If not, I’d like to audition for the role of Alaska but how exactly do I do that? I’m hoping you’d reply to this. Have a nice day and God bless you!

- Nikita -


Mila October 31, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Thank you for being there for me, although you didn’t know you were.


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