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.”

{ 1759 comments… read them below or add one }

Simone :) September 9, 2014 at 10:37 am

“I go seek a ‘Great Perhaps’” :)


Patty September 15, 2014 at 12:08 am



raven September 9, 2014 at 7:55 pm

your books have ruined my life. there so perfect


BookLovr September 12, 2014 at 4:07 am

Haha so true ;-)


Lily September 18, 2014 at 7:52 am



alana September 11, 2014 at 3:04 pm

omg this is my favorite book but then paper towns is too. i like them both the same because there pretty much the same book with diifefrent chreacter names


Valentina September 12, 2014 at 11:37 am

Hey John, I want to say that your novel Looking For Alaska is one of my favorite books and I am looking forward to reading your other books. I already read TFIOS and I am currently reading Paper Towns.


Justine September 13, 2014 at 7:47 pm

Hey John, is it possible that Kaya Scodelario will play the part of Alaska Young?


Alexis September 16, 2014 at 6:14 pm

I think either her or Emma Stone would be perfect. I want to see it in a movie so bad now omg


Patty September 15, 2014 at 12:07 am

Hey John I have read this book and cried everytime. I heard of it from a friend at school. He said it was very interesting and that I should read it,so I did and I absolutely loved it. But I have a few questions I would like for you to answer for me.

Question #1; Does Pudge go back to Culver Creek the next year?

Question #2; Does everything go back to normal at Culver creek?

Question #3; Does the old man, the history teacher, die over the summer?


Lily September 18, 2014 at 7:54 am

nothing happens, its fiction. they cease to exist the moment the novel ends ;) (if you have read tfios then you will understand)


Julia September 15, 2014 at 1:01 am

Hey John! Looking For Alaska is the second book I’ve read written by you and I absolutely loved it, especially Alaska Young. You see, I know she isn’t the e typical hero of every story, and certainly not as good as Miles, Lara, Takumi and the others characters, but for me, she is the most real one. She is a very fun person and she isn’t afraid of trying new things. She drinks, smokes, flirts, loves. She values her friends. But she is also hurt and carries bad memories and blame with her. She looks for a way out of this labyrinth of suffering we’re all in. I mean, aren’t these the characteristic of most of us, teenagers? Lots of people may see her as just a perfect girl Miles idolizes, but as we read the book, we get to know more of the faults in Alaska Young, and in my opinion, those were what make her special.
Anyway, I just wanted to congratulate you for once more an amazing work!!!!


Emocupcakes September 16, 2014 at 12:38 am

Mr. Green, you have now left me with a terrifying fear of what happens after death that I did not have until I delved into your books. I’m not quite scared of death itself, but more of the unknown darkness beyond


Katie and Rebecca September 16, 2014 at 7:05 am

We loved this book… Make a squeal…. NOWW!!


Paige September 17, 2014 at 12:23 am


I know you get many questions and comments but I was wondering if you’ve ever thought or considered Kaya Scodelario as Alaska Young in a Looking for Alaska film?


Taylor Hart September 17, 2014 at 4:48 pm

This is my favorite book.
I also think that this should be made into a movie. Hands down.


Ruby September 18, 2014 at 9:15 pm

I’m writing a review thing for school about looking for Alaska.
We have been told we are in a burning house and we can only save one book and I saved looking for Alaska. This book has truly changed my life.


Tim C September 18, 2014 at 9:22 pm

Dear Mr. Green,

Well thanks a lot. I’ve been moping around the house for 2 days, mourning Alaska’s death. It’s ridiculous that a grown man would do this.


Tim C

PS Excellent book


Mia Harding September 19, 2014 at 12:12 am

I love this book i read the fault in our stars but i like this one better! Great have to read It! Shout out Meg Waite!


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