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.

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

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pya June 6, 2015 at 10:26 am

Dear Mr.John Green
i have just finished reading your book “looking for Alaska”.i think the most beautiful thing was how you mentioned the difference between religions but i disagree with you when you said in the end of the book that budge thinks that “the idea of afterlife” we(humans) made it up be ourselves…i don’t think we did …i believe that it really exist,for couple of reasons one of the reasons is if there wasn’t afterlife so when we get our rights or is it fair some peoples are wasting tons of food and others are dying because of hunger or when some body has been killed when they will take their rights and its reminds of story that when two embyos are talking inside their mothers uterus that one of them doesn’t believe in life he doesn’t believe that he will born…i don’t think it make sense that their is no after life…and you are responsible for what the other might think about afterlife after they read your book…
Thank you for response

Pya

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ivonne June 7, 2015 at 4:44 pm

please translate this and regret any inconvenience
Estimado señor green:
lamento hacerle traducir esto es solo que el texto no es lo que escribí, quiero decirle que me encanto buscando a alaska y mi pregunta es ¿cuales fueron sus ultimas palabras? el día 7/06/2015 a la 1:43 pm termine su libro y como es prestado espero que no le moleste pero tome foto a sus ultimas cuatro paginas sinceramente creo que es una persona amable y divertida y debe ser sensacional que sus personajes cobren vida tanto en libros como en el cine y posteriormente en Internet o un DVD los míos ni siquiera salen de mi documento en World.
se que esta pregunta tal vez se la han hecho un millón de veces pero de verdad quisiera saber que fue lo ultimo que dijo alaska mi teoría es que dijo algo como “voy en camino mama” o “lo siento” o incluso “mierda” me gustan mucho sus libros ahora pediré prestado ciudades de papel o el teorema katherine.
espero que responda a mi pregunta y le seré sincera también tengo amigos especiales y realmente fantásticos como los que menciono en sus agradecimientos y muchos maestros también y uno o dos amigos que también dejare en (larga historia).
y una obsesión por subrayar sitiaras de libros también inicio cuando tenia doce años aun que mi colección sea de catorce libros y seis prestados y leído no lo se unos treinta libros me encanta subrayarlo incluso me regañaron en la biblioteca por ello no subraye buscando a alaska por que a) era prestado b) me matara christian (también una fanática) y c) preferiría subrayar su libro y que este en mis manos osea que sea propietaria de una copia y pueda subrayarlo.
como dijo Hanzel para pete van houten.
con una gran admiración:
zinthya ivonne gallegos

p.s le advierto de la mala traducción y lamento si hay malos entendidos.

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luca June 7, 2015 at 6:01 pm

I have currently just bought three of yours books after reading the fault in our stars and paper towns, I am curious that after paper towns an the fault in our stars, will you be making movies of any other of your novels?

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Tanushka June 9, 2015 at 7:46 pm

Looking for Alaska will be a movie in 2016

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Abril Meldolce June 8, 2015 at 2:06 pm

I love it! It show me a lot about things that i never thought before reading it!!!! I’m from Argentina And i have been buying all of your books since i started reading Looking for Alaska. It gives me some interesting and thoughtful expresions that make me feel confused about how difficult is living the life, asking what comes after die and why people need to solve their problems looking for extreme ends. Thanks for writing things to open the adolcescent’s mind!!!

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laura June 8, 2015 at 8:58 pm

I have never left a comment on a website before, But wow i loved Looking for Alaska. You wrote about such amazing religious beliefs, I’m not religouse really but it made me look at all differently and think mmmm maybe. Thanks x

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Bobery June 9, 2015 at 9:14 pm

hello it is good but it is to girlie and im a boy i wnat it to be boyish.

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Nope man June 23, 2015 at 11:32 am

I don´t agree with you. The story is told by a boy, Miles, so it´s not girlie.

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butterbello June 9, 2015 at 9:16 pm

not enough butter.

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Esmer June 9, 2015 at 11:02 pm

Dear Mr. Green,
If you’re reading this, then wow, you really do you love your fans, but if your not its ok too. I just feel that you have to write something after reading this book you know? Or maybe you don’t because you wrote it but moving on… I mean c’mon, how do you get teenagers to finish a book in 7 hours and then think about it the rest of the month? It’s hard to explain, but everytime I read your books, I see, feel, smell, hear, and even taste everything. It’s like I’m pulled into Culver Creek and live in the dorm next to Pudge. I never wanted the book to end but I love how the novel ended with Pudge’s final. He found his way out of the labyrinth. I think at first we all believe what Pudge believed, to survive we need to be in a small little corner but we all know no one can live like that. So now Mr. Green, you leave all your readers with a goal- get out of the labyrinth, and find the Great Perhaps. And for this, I thank you. Please continue writing books that leave your readers with an open mind about everything. Thank you for the best 7 hours of my life and possibly a idea for a prank but now I have to go read Paper Towns. Have a good life and please respond back if possible. Even if it’s a simple “Thank you”, it would mean a lot.

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Emma Lathrop June 10, 2015 at 5:43 pm

Mr. Green,
I am currently holding my very worn copy of looking for Alaska. The pages are destroyed, highlighted, written in, and covered in coffee stains. No matter how many times I read this book I can never find my own personal answer on how to get out of the labyrinth Alaska finds herself in. I realize your fan base is large and has many different varieties of readers. And I don’t even know if you will be reading this Mr. Green, but it’s worth putting this out just in case. I’ve been tracking the possibility of making this marvelous novel a movie and I see it might’ve been picked up by a director. But let me tell you this.. I am Alaska. Every person I know who has ever read this book has told me this. I really and truly am the character you have written about. To think of anyone else playing the role of Alaska seems laughable to me. I am 110% made for this role. I have little to no acting experience (my school play freshman year), I’ve modled a few times (nothing major), and I’ve just turned 18. I know this is not how to reach you or to get a serious answer but I’ve never done anything like this before. I swear Mr. Green if you contact me I will show you that I am the perfect Alaska Young.

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Diego June 11, 2015 at 11:38 am

Jonh green buen libro ARA una película de buscando a alaska

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Diego June 11, 2015 at 11:39 am

Jonh buen libro ARA una película de buscando a alaska

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Fatima June 12, 2015 at 12:21 am

I am crying right now as I have just finished Looking for Alaska at exactly 11:02 p.m. I don’t know exactly why I’m crying just that Looking for Alaska probably gave me the most emotion out of any of your books. Every single time, I have fallen in love with the characters and every time they are ripped away from me. I hate it, but I love it. Thank you John Green for the pure perfection of your books and for the hope they give me.

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Bella July 1, 2015 at 1:53 am

My feelings exactly

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Lina boukantar June 12, 2015 at 1:46 pm

john , I’m a young reader of your novel (I’m French so I use a translator ) Your book “Looking for Alaska” is my novel favorie since 2005 !!! I always imagine what happened to Milies what has become , you think he still thinks alaska ? BUT WHY YOU HAVE KILLED ALASKA ?

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Jennifer June 12, 2015 at 11:36 pm

I just finished reading Looking For Alaska. I started reading it today and I just have to say WOW. This book really made me think about a lot that I’ve never really thought about before. Buddhism, religion in general, the beliefs that go along with religion, death, grief, and afterlife (if there is such a thing), are just a few examples. I realize this is really specific to Looking For Alaska, but I absolutely LOVE your books, though they don’t make me cry or get emotional. I love that they inspire me to explore new topics and really THINK, plus the stories just capture and hold my attention so much that I’ve never read your books in more than a day a piece. If you ever read this, I thank you for writing such amazing books and caring about your fans enough to read every comment! If you don’t, well, I still hope you know you have enlightened me. Not quite like Banzan, but close. “Everything that comes together falls apart” is a quote from Looking For Alaska (page 241 in my copy) that I don’t think I’ll ever forget. I’ll end this long comment in thanks. So THANK YOU JOHN GREEN.

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Valeria June 14, 2015 at 7:27 pm

Acabei de terminar de ler Quem é você, Alasca? e foi uma leitura incrível, com um misto muito agradável de dor, sofrimento, amor, brincadeira, humor, reflexões. Tenho que agradecer ao JOHN GREEN por essa leitura maravilhosa e reflexiva, pois, sim me fez refletir sobre varias coisas que nunca pensei antes, como por exemplo, o que verdadeiramente eu acho que a acontece após a morte?, o que nos espera além da nossa vida humana?, entre tantas outras questões que me surgiu com essa leitura. Gostei muito dos personagens não me desapontei com nada. Porém uma amiga minha que leu esse livro antes de mim, quando me viu com o livro na mão disse ” VOCÊ VAI SE DESAPONTAR COM ESSE LIVRO, NÃO VALE A PELA O ESFORÇO, UMA LITERAL PERCA DE TEMPO”. Creio que ela não tenha lido o mesmo livro que eu, ou não leu direito o livro, porque ele deixa um grande questionamento, que infelizmente ou felizmente não sabemos as respostas. AMEI este livro John Green.

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alice mullins June 15, 2015 at 6:34 am

heart this book

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rosemary June 18, 2015 at 2:29 pm

dear John Green,

at first I want to say thank you, for writing a book as amazing as this. and thank you for making me cry because of the beauty of a teenager who loves another teenager. and to be honest, i am crying right now writing this. I can’t believe it is even possible to write something so wonderful, fascinating and emotional. the last pages of your book, about death and forgiving and understanding and living in the labyrint of suffer, dear John Green, that piece is so utterly, marvellously good, I read it a thousand times and it made me understand another bit of life again. I always thought, just like Miles, people would die, and nothing is left. they would just leave the world and never come back. but you showed me another perspective of life and death which made me love life even more.

please go on writing, you are one of those persons who make the world better.

THANK YOU!!

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Olivia June 18, 2015 at 11:59 pm

I want to say thank you for making such great books. I just got Looking for Alaska, and read it the next day. I finished it that day…Your books are so good, I feel like I’m that character, I’ve been writing books a lot, specially on Wattpad. But of course I can never publish them, I’m only 13 and there not as good as any book I ever red. Anyways, Looking for Alaska. It made me cry, because I never experience a death (well when I was 5, but I can’t remember that), yeah so I cried, because I felt like I was Pudge, and I felt like I lost someone. And that makes me think, one day I will loose someone I love and one day I may forget them or not, because it happens it a POOF ;) She what I did there… Hehe, thats another reason I love your book. I am going to read Paper Towns next, and also, I saw a preview of Paper Towns at the Theatres, and I was like, “I HAVE TO WATCH THAT!” Also I heard Looking for Alaska was going to be a movie too, and of course I will watch that if the rumors true ;) Your books show me another perspective in the world. So thank you for that. Keep writing books like that! Your the only author I love. Okay well, your my most favorite. Thank you.

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Anna Jeery' June 19, 2015 at 1:11 pm

Querido jhon, sou do Brasil, sou apaixonada por suas coleção de livros, não ser falar inglês mas espero que você leia esse meu post, li seus livros, sou completamente louca por suas obras, todas tem um toque de adolescente, espero ver novas obras suas novamente, obrigado, kiss de uma de suas fãns enlouquecida de amor por você, Ully Jerry’s, Fortaleza-Ce

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Maria del Mar June 19, 2015 at 9:51 pm

I want to thank you for being such a good writer you have changed my view of the world of reading, when I read Looking For Alaska I cry because I fell in love with all the characters and it hurt when Alaska dies and I felt as if I had called last 5 years too much attachment to the characters and has very profound messages, someone who does not like this book is sick in the head!

Finally I want to read all your books I have all your collection except let it snow because I live in Colombia and here has not come :( I read The Fault in our Stars, Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns and right now I’m starting with An Abundance of Katherines after leere Will Grayson and when Snow.Love Let it come from Colombia: *

and sorry for errors in spelling but I got to translate it to English with google translator and then sometimes wrong.

I love you

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Kate June 20, 2015 at 12:09 am

Hey so it’s the middle of the night and I just finished reading Looking for Alaska, and I was wondering if you had any fun discussion questions? I’m doing book club tomorrow and like any quality person I procrastinated. There are some deep, philosophical questions in the back of the book, but my friends and I would enjoy some hilarity and silliness. (For example: if you could choose any place to rename yourself after (like Alaska did) where would you choose?) And of course I enjoyed the book and you’re a great writer and all :)

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alice June 23, 2015 at 5:54 am

Dear Jhon, i have read all your books, and i have a lot of questions to solve with you. In particular on Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns, i found that in this 2 books, there are moooore details that one resemble. For exemple, the nicknames are in all your books, why you put them always?
please answare.
Thank, Alice, Italy.

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Yana June 25, 2015 at 4:43 pm

This book is perfect. That’s all I want to say.

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danielle June 26, 2015 at 1:41 am

dear John Green
Your book has touched me in ways that I could never have expected when I opened the cover of your book. My worn copy of Looking for Alaska has been dog eared, written in and noted upon as I have read it over and over again. I don’t know how to explain this but, every time I read your book I am being pulled into the world of your characters and I feel like I am actually there. My perspective on the world has changed dramatically because of your amazing ability to put into your readers minds something they will never be able to forget. I find myself asking over and over again in my head how I can ever comprehend the question that I can never get out of my mind: how do I get out of this labyrinth of suffering? I can never understand how I can ever reach my personal answer on this when I don’t know where to start. How John Green, can I get out of this labyrinth of suffering while reaching a Great Perhaps?
Thank You

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talena June 26, 2015 at 3:18 pm

well … in the Alaska after this book kisses Miles after they went to bed early in the morning the phone rings and Alaska will meet … and wanted to know who would have called for her to stay that way … if you can answer me I thank you.

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Caleb Ghrist June 26, 2015 at 11:19 pm

Hello, yes, today your book has been delivered to my home and in approximately 5 hours, I have finished it. I would like to express how much I enjoyed the first half of your book, tremendous work, really. However, in the second half it seems the rest of the book is made meaningless; the loss of Lara, the loss of Pudge’s friendships, the loss of Alaska, the loss of adventure. In the second half, Pudge becomes increasingly obsessed over her death(many aspects of this book overlap with paper towns) and as a result, every great aspect from the first half of the book is lost. It seems more like a drawn out search for what happened the last day of Alaska’s life-which ultimately ends with no answers. The first half seemed to be as an inticing adventure that captivated me- however the second seemed like a single plot peice stretched out unnecessarily wide. (Plus I really liked Lara)

That being said, I admire the other pieces of literature you’ve written, and am an avid fan of your Crash Courses.

~Your Reader, Caleb G.

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Ximena lanata June 28, 2015 at 11:21 pm

Dear John green
I love all your books, and i am reading looking for alaska. I hope that you are going to see this. Because i am your #1 fan. My purpose is read all your books, i already read Katherine faith theory and the fault in our stars and i want to tell you that your books are awesome and incredible. My favorite writer John green
Your #1 fan
Ximena Lanata

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Ximena lanata June 28, 2015 at 11:23 pm

Oh i forgot to mention that your book paper towns is incredible and i am waiting for the movie
Your #1 fan
Ximena Lanata

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Zeynep Şule Kılıçaslan June 29, 2015 at 8:09 am

Dear John Green,
Your tight a’m mortal. I get your books I am reading a great pleasure. But you are different from other authors. You understand that to live without dying understands he died. You have a truth not you write you typed his real Sei. Instead you put characters in the book that you wrote yourself. Click Two things you dislike Need 1-to 2- stupid to recognize you. But I noticed something in you. How much pain you feel good that you’ve had to live not avoid pain. I Inc. Character killing you feel intense pressure on myself. Hazel me look like I look like I have the size Peter Van Houten. ‘Only just one character and them. They can not be caught dead in our lives and in the Olmes missing a thing. “But my life is suffering Weapon THEY died. I ask sincerely size. ‘WHY?’ Very well written you a very good indisputable fact but cellats your cardio TIME. You kill without mercy. The facts are inescapable. DOES NOT DEMAND SENSIBLE to ACI? Others enjoyed reading drinking YACHT WE READ TO BUY FOR DOMESTIC die or do not we? I hope a reality everything in my size SHARE HAS things I’ve said There also is. Facebook ‘page if I sent the message to your defined answer came to me, I’m glad there or here. If you are interested in my questions I’d appreciate size. I thank you. I love you so much.
(Alaska and AUGUSTUSD that I’m talking about)

Zeynep ŞULE KILIÇASLAN
13 YEARS OLD
BURSA TURKEY

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Anneli Andari June 29, 2015 at 5:08 pm

Dear Mr. Green,
I finished reading your book, Looking for Alaska, and I have to say it’s possibly the most brilliant book I’ve ever read in a long time. Even though it was a work of fiction it encompasses some very vital and real problems teenagers and people of all ages face at some point in their lives and I thought you did a spectacular job of bringing that out. Your humor is joyous to read and a pleasure to hear whether over US History videos or through well written novels. I hope you have a lovely day Mr. Green and thank you for being your super awesome self.

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jordan June 30, 2015 at 4:38 am

I’m not surprised that I enjoyed Looking for Alalska. I enjoyed and cried after reading The Fault in Our Stars. I haven’t read your other books but probaby will. Even though the characters suffer, they seem to find a way to grieve and move on. Which I like, it would suck if everyone were to off themselves. I was going to come here and reply to your discussion questions in the book but decided against it because you are probably of writing other amazing things and are probably trying to navigate the labyrinth like the rest of us

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Kristine July 3, 2015 at 2:38 am

Dear Mr. Green,
I finished reading Looking For Alaska a year ago at around January. Out of all the books that you have written, this book is my favourite. I have read your other books, except for Let It Snow and This Star Won’t Go Out. Looking For Alaska gave me many new perspectives about life. Most importantly, it made me think of the “labyrinth” that everyone has. It made me think of the ways we can escape it. In addition, Alaska’s feelings and thoughts are very relatable to me. In some ways, I sometimes feel that I am Alaska. I understand that she is a teenager who blames herself for things she’s not responsible for and how she covers up her emotions beneath her outgoing personality and smart remarks. However, no matter how hard she tries, there will always be those times when what she is feeling actually comes out. Futhermore, there are so many quotes that Pudge mentions that I very much understand. For example, when he figures out that the only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive, I understand what he means. He doesn’t only mean to forgive others who have wronged us, but we must forgive ourselves because if we don’t, we will always be living a life in which we always blame ourselves for things we never did. We will never learn to love ourselves.

Thank you Mr. Green for this wonderful novel and if you read this, thank you again.

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aksam July 5, 2015 at 8:28 am

Hello there Mr. Green,
I just read your book , looking for Alaska , and i must say it had a very different feel to it .So realistic.Like when one of my closest friends died two years ago April 28th. Your book reminded me a great deal of him . About fading away , oblivion being inevitable , well , that’s wisdom.
Also , i live in Maldives and here , there are so many fans of yours.
I hope you visit Maldives soon. It will be worth it .
Thank you for your work. c’:
Live a happy successful life .

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