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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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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virginia August 21, 2015 at 10:04 pm

Hello! a pleasure! I am virginia. From Argentina and want to introduce my new project called “Magical”. A song that I wrote for one of my favorite books “Looking for Alaska”. I did not find another form of contact with the amazing John Green. So this is the closest way that i have for that he knows about me.
I want this to reach your ears.
It would be an honor.
Many thanks!


Sharna peters August 22, 2015 at 5:56 pm

Easily one of the best books I’ve ever read. Alaska is indefinitely my favourite character. I found a lot of similar traits within myself and Alaska, so reading about how her friends are towards her and hearing the story from Miles/Pudge’s point of veiw was an interesting perspective.

Very well written, I loved each characters unique traits that made them who they are. I will absolutely be recommending this novel.


Kim August 23, 2015 at 5:35 am

The best part I think about Alaska’s character is, she can be real. A child can forget how to call 911 whenever its needed. A person can do a lot things that mostly only novels can say. It is a dark story, but it could be reality. A person can decide to kill himself in a split second. It interprets life in such a good way that I am actually mad. Mad because I know I can do it, mad because any person driving in a highway can just do it. The reason Alaska did it might be enough, or not. You never really know what happens next. It shows that life IS full of mysteries, full of wonders. That even if there’s still this little part of me wishing Alaska didn’t die, I feel like she was supposed to die in the first place. Like she was suppose to serve as warning to the other characters and the readers that some people, no matter how hard they try, just can’t live life the way others do.


DaBAM August 23, 2015 at 10:55 am

I love you & your books I just don’t know how to feel with each one of it! Ok I’m really a little shy but I gotta say this: First, TFIOS and now Looking for Alaska!!!! It just makes my heart broken I really wanted a different ending cause I JUST CAN’T CONTAIN IT ANYMORE </3 their hook up really gave me hope!!!! That MAYBEEEE they could be together and they'd have that urrggg feeling for each other and they'd figure out how te get out of the labyrinth together and they'd have an amazing life but everything that happened After really destroyed me cause OMG nothing good or what I wanted to happen happened huhu. I feel like I need someone to talk to about this cause I'm literally broked.
But that's nice tho cause ur book really has an impact hah! Thanks that's it


DaBAM August 23, 2015 at 11:00 am

I read TFIOS first ok hahaha That’s why


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Jéssica Fernanda August 24, 2015 at 10:36 am

Hello my name is Jessica, I mean completely I loved “Who are you Alaska?” John always surprising me with his talent. Okay I can not say I was not sad or even cried with the death of Alaska, and I wonder: Why did she die? I think you might want to spend some teaching with the suffering of Labyrinth or The Great Perhaps. When I started reading I thought of a very different story for example: The Alaskan end with Jake to stay with the plug and they had several adventures, but that did not happen unfortunately. Only that even not being the way I thought it would be, for me is an epic story and deserves all the credits and awards in the world. I’m from Brazil and here my friends quite like, only not like me !!! So just wanted to thank you for everything and say I love you very much and that you are an excellent writer, the best congratulations. I wish I had the honor of knowing pessoalmete, but for now I’m content with that message. Thanks.


Alaska's Biggest Fan August 25, 2015 at 4:58 pm

I read Looking for Alaska and was instantly hooked. It is practically my bible now! Thankyouthankyouthankyou so much John Green!


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maria veronica August 25, 2015 at 10:16 pm

hola soy Maria Veronica soy de Venezuela no hablo mucho ingles pero quisiera que esto me lo respondiera el mismo John Green solo e tenido la oportunidad de leer tres de sus libros bajo la misma estrella ciudades de papel y buscando a Alaska mis dudas son acerca del libro de buscando a Alaska en dicho libro se menciona como le dicen en mi pais al libertador Simon Bolivar menciona que dijo COMO VOY A SALIR DE ESTE LABERINTO ? por mis estudios Simon Bolivar fue quien liberto a aproximadamente 7 paises de latinoamerica me asombro que hablaran de el en este libro y quisiera saber lo que sabes de el ya que mi pais pasa por momentos muy dificiles te invito a que investiges por si aun no sabes mucho acerca de esto y me cuesta mucho mucho mucho poder compra un libro ,ahorita me estoy sintiendo como hazel al escribirle a su autor favorito me encantaria que me respondieras ya que me haria sentir muy muy agredecida y otra cosa acerca de buscando a Alaska , Miles me recuerda mucho a mi al igual que margo y hazel y e visto que estos tres personajes tiene algo en comun gracias a usted yo voy en busca de mi Gran quiza

atentamente : una chica a la que le has abierto los ojos y estoy eternamente agradecida por eso espero mas de tus libros por favor responda


WriterKid August 26, 2015 at 12:09 pm


I have read three John Green books so far in my lifetime.

The Fault In Our Stars, Looking For Alaska, and Paper Towns. (In that order.) I actually just finished Paper Towns yesterday…

Though they were all very good and very well written, I have to admit that I was least affected by Looking For Alaska.

TFIOS had me crying before I finished the title and left me with a lot to think about. It had me contemplating life and death and love all at the same time. I found it the most relatable out of the three I have read. Not that everyone has or will get cancer, but it is true that it could happen to anyone at anytime. I really felt for the characters and found it so intriguing that John Green could get into everyone’s heads so darn well. The Fault In Our Stars was I think by far my favorite!

Looking for Alaska was not exactly what I thought it would be. There is not really a clear ending of how she died and the why took a while for me to comprehend. I almost felt like I should have been more upset than I was about Alaska’s death. Because she wasn’t really in the book as much before she died, I feel like I didn’t get to know her enough to be emotionally attached to her. But that’s just me….

Paper Towns. I loved Paper Towns. But the end was a bit confusing. I had a lot of questions at the end. I wish there could be a sequel to explain how everything works out afterwards. Amirite??? Who else wants a Paper Towns sequel???????!!!!!!!!


stutipaliwal August 27, 2015 at 6:03 am

dear Mr. Green,
hello , I m stuti paliwal, I m 14 years old , and I was inspired the first time by your book the fault in our stars when my friend first recommended it to me at the age of 11. I read looking for Alaska recently and came across the beautiful question I had been trying to answer myself since the past couple of years , how will I get out of this labyrinth???? . the answer given to the question by the two characters Alaska and Miles is fairly appropriate yet not the correct answer I would have given up on finding the answer to this question by now but your book inspired me to go further into my thinking and find out the actual answer…………………….. I may as well think that I have found the correct one after re reading your books Looking for Alaska and The Fault in our stars . I certainly cannot give out my answer over the internet cause 1. there are some more question inside that single question that need to be answered 2. other people can copy the answer which I m afraid has happened with me a couple of times. I just want to thank you for writing such an amazing book that changed my complete life …. a few years back I would have killed myself due to the frustration but now your books have inspired me and helped me have a new beginning in life …………………….. they helped me realize the meaning of life and why we should live it……………..


Yours truly,
stuti paliwal


Rodrigo August 29, 2015 at 3:22 pm

I love your books, I live in Brazil and here his books are well known, I’ve read, Looking For Alaska, An Abundance Of Katherine and The Fault In Our Star, Love u, Stay with God


Christa August 30, 2015 at 4:48 pm

This is ligit the best book I have ever read. When someone asked me what it’s about I’m speechless!!!!!


Emma-Jane August 31, 2015 at 12:07 am

Dear Mr. Green,
Hi, my name is Emma-Jane and I read Looking For Alaska as my English novel study. For my essay I was wondering why you decided to use Simon Bolivars quote ‘How ever will I get out of this labyrinth’ as a main message/meaning to the story. I would be so grateful if you could get back to me on this. Thanks.


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