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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Wesley Hollifield August 16, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Dear John Green,
I have read every single one of your books since I found Paper Towns, and Looking For Alaska is my favorite book I have ever read. I have read it twice in the past four years of finding your writing. Seems like such a little number, two, but I have read the first half of the book so many more times. As I get closer to the middle the book drags me in and when I get to the climax, I have to put the book down. Your characters within Looking For Alaska are so beautiful that I can’t seem to go on reading the ‘After’ part of the book. So I just wanted to thank you for making a book that effects me in such a wonderful way.
Thank you again, I am looking forward to reading any new writing that you come up with.


Allison Vanover August 18, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Dear Mr.Green or John,

I would like to read your book Looking for Alaska. I have not read it yet but I have read the Fault in Our Stars and I was amazed. Therefore I would love to read Looking for Alaska. Also, being the Tumblr addict/master you are, maybe you can show me the wonders of the great and vast plains of Tumblr. It would mean a lot to me! If you accept this challenge, email me at crazy_allie@hotmail.com
My inbox is always open!

With lots of books instead of love,


which he has done before August 19, 2014 at 7:36 am

I’ve tried rechargeable batteries, but they’re not long-lasting enough for me). well i had a bit doubt but after i using these cartridges, i have my confidence in this product and will not hesitate to used it again.


YOPS August 20, 2014 at 7:18 pm

dear John (haha)

just Wanted to say…………………………………. best Book I ever Read.

you Are an amazing Autor, seriously, You are

i Know i am not the Only one saying This but


you deserve So much awards

and Thats my opnion.

pfffffff nothing interesting Here (in my comment, not in Your website.)


YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxo



h August 20, 2014 at 10:40 pm

i finished reading this book 3 days ago and i can’t forget any word of the book , AMAZING!
i love this book i adore it seriously,the best of John Green*in my opinion*
i think there’s a movie of it?i hope it’ll be better than tfios because it wasn’t that good*in my opinion*
anyways, i LOVED looking for alaska so much!!! and i can’t wait to read the rest of your books!x


Claire August 22, 2014 at 6:43 pm

Dear Mr. Green,
This summer I read Looking for Alaska. It hit me as if I had been in this car with her. At the same time I was suffering with Pudge and the Colonel. It was so real to me. As if I were there. It made me think alot about the sense of life and especially what I want to do with my life.
When I finished it I walked right to my desk, took out a marker and then I read the book again, the marker in my right hand, ready to underline some inspiring quotes. I found many.
This book was an ispiration for me, and I truly mean it.
Now I gotta go seek a Great Perhaps.


Enzo August 23, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Dear John Green, I’ve just finished “Looking for Alaska” and what an amazing book ! Alaska’s death hit me deeply and I felt really bad, after that I thaught about the meaning of the labyrinth and I’m still asking. Thanks for the book, you’re a great writor.


Isaac Alfaro Montes August 23, 2014 at 11:28 pm

Dear John Green. I just finished reading just looking form Alaska and I felt very identified with the book. In fact it is the first book I read from you and that your mind has a world full of so many things that shows in his books. When I went to read the part of After believe me had to pause for 3 days to decide to read it because I was not sure I could face and poof came the death of Alaska and into a relapse of emotions while you reach the point hours at a time to mourn. I was interested much his writing and I congratulate, I think you deserve so many existing awards. Thank you very much for making me happy with just a book and now I’ll find me in finding my great perhaps. My cherished words, Isaac Alfaro


Erin August 25, 2014 at 11:21 am

Why, in the name of heaven,

did you kill Augustus Waters and Alaska Young?


Allison August 31, 2014 at 10:40 am

They were killed because in life, you don’t always get what you want. In fact, most of the time you don’t get what you want. Augustus Waters wanted more time to fall in love with Hazel, but he didn’t get that. Hazel obviously wanted Augustus to live longer, but she didn’t get what she wanted. Pudge wanted to know if Alaska tried to get out of the labyrinth “straight and fast” but he never knew and he wanted to know whether Alaska loved him, but he never got the chance. Sometimes, death just gets in the way, and of course we don’t want that, but it happens anyway because that universe wants to be noticed and on of the ways it does that is by destroying everything good and pure and beautiful as fast as it can. Sorry, but it’s the truth.


Pinky August 25, 2014 at 11:07 pm

Dear Mr. Green,
I just wanted to tell you that my boyfriend and I loved this book so much. And I just wanted to ask what your opinion was on one of the patterns I noticed at my high school. From what I see, which isn’t much to be honest, introverts and people who have had challenged lives LOVE this book. (My boyfriend has a learning disability: auditory cognitive disoreder, and mild depression. I have mild PTSD, and being at home is hard for me, and i’m overall emotionally damaged and have dealt with bullies at home and as well at school ) However extroverts, and people who don’t fight battles like these REALLY dislike the book. Did you think that was expected of the book? I don’t expect you to reply, but if you see this, my email sarahpinkycalantog@gmail.com.


Pinky August 25, 2014 at 11:12 pm

I’m on this another time just so I can rant about how much i LOVE these characters. Goodness I wish they were all real. I was really able to relate to these characters. It was a fun book, and when Alaska died I felt like I had lost a friend of my own. But I can always reread over and over again. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it.


viba August 26, 2014 at 12:55 pm

I have read every single book you have written. I also follow your vlog brothers channel on youtube. Looking for alaska is my favorite book and I feel it is the best book I have ever read. Paper Towns and The Fault In Our Stars are also amazing. I really dont know how many times I have read every books. I even watched the The Fault In Our Stars movie, it was wonderful. I am anxiously waiting for the movie of Looking For Alaska. I would like to request you if I could read the original, unedited first version of Looking For Alaska? Please.


Bryan August 26, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Dear John (hahaha)
I would like which were the last words of Alaska.



lucky August 27, 2014 at 3:17 pm

hey Bryan nice quoting taylor ;] (im a huge swiftie}

and yes john i, i mean we all would really love to know Alaska’s last words


lucky August 27, 2014 at 3:15 pm

i read your book last month and……………………………………….
i cant put into words what exactly happened to me
i mean it was like an explosion of all the emotions known to the human world
i cant thank you enough for changing my life with FAULT IN OUR STARS and LOOKING FOR ALASKA

i do have a few questions though, and plz plz plz dont be like Van Houten and ignore them….please…
1) why Alaska? i mean why like why wasn’t it like Paris or Chicago? (i know stupid question but ever since i found out that alaska was a PERSON i could’nt stop thinking about it
2)do pudge and the colonel prank ever again or was the Alaska prank their last one?
3)why is Takumi leaving?
4)(tfios q) what happens to Issac after the book does he get back together with Monica or does he get the ‘hot girl from the support group’?

……………………………plz answer them plz plz plz plz
my birthday is close and it would be a great birthday gift please Mr.Green please


Krm2014 August 27, 2014 at 7:39 pm

I just wanted to say something about the endings of your books.

I read the Fault in Our Stars last school year, then I decided to read paper towns this year and then I decided to read Looking for Alaska. And just like Lucky above me, I don’t Even know what To say. It is all These emotions at Once and it is really Crazy. The way your books Make me Feel is free. The characters are all teens and they are Utterly free without Regret and they are invincible (according to Miles/Pudge). The Running around the School Pulling pranks, to going to graduation stark naked. These kids defy what is expected of them and just go beyond the ordinary. While the other kids live an ordinary, boring, and steady life. Your characters go seek the great perhaps and I feel like I’m rambling now.

It really irks me that the character (like Alaska) dies. I mean, I Love it, but it feels so Unfinished…I seek the Closure that would come with Solving the mystery.

Buut. I really just Wanted to thank You for exposing me to the great perhaps. I know This is one in a thousand Comments and the likelihood of you getting back to me is Zero, but I still Feel the Need to thank you for all you have done.
(and I also agree that the rules of capitalization are unfair to the ones in the middle)


ally August 31, 2014 at 10:43 am

I totally agree with every word you said.


Alba August 28, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Sé que tengo el 0.1 por ciento de posibilidades de que leas este comentario, pero quisiera decir que tus libros se han convertido en mis mejores amigos y en mi obsesión desde hace más o menos cinco meses.Me encanta tu fascinante manera de escribir y básicamente no sé como viví once años y un mes de mi vida sin leer tus libros, sencillamente me cautivaron de principio a fin. Me fascinó tfios (al igual que la película,que de hecho me hizo llorar como bebé) y paper towns (y espero con ansias la película) y,bueno todos.Simplemente gracias por los mejores libros que he leído.


Brooke August 28, 2014 at 7:48 pm

I love this book so much!!!! Will you be making a sequel to it? I was curious on what happens to Pudge and the Coninal? Some people tell me I’m like Alaska alike because I’m a little moody and can be a bitch sometimes and I love reading books. I can rememberize quotes after reading them twice!!! My email is divergent646@gmail.com .


Remi August 28, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Dear John Green,
I’m not gonna say (even though it’s true) that your books are soooooo good and heartbreaking and wonderful because I’m sure you’ve heard that a billion times. What I am going to say is that your books changed me. I walk on the street in my town and I just am like, “Oh my god is that Alaska??” every time I see a person that I think looks like her. After I saw the Fault in Our Stars movie (I had read the book thank god) I was bawling- I was a total mess!! And I was walking down the stairs and then these girls in front of me said, “It’s sad, but it’s not that sad…”. And I wanted to punch them in the face sooooo bad, but being the rational person I am I didn’t. I just gave them the death stare. But your books changed my life and I am so grateful.
Yours Sincerely,


Tatiana Castillo August 29, 2014 at 3:53 am

Dear John Green

Se hablar y leer inglés pero soy pésima para la gramática, así que tal vez leas este comentario pero no lo entiendas (la verdad no se si manejas el idioma español, aunque esta google para traducirlo pero pierde significado). En fin quiero hablar sobre Looking For Alaska, que se encuentra en la lista de mis libros favoritos, la duda que tengo no tiene relación con el cuestionamiento de ¿cual fue la última palabra de Alaska? Porque desde mi punto de vista, creo que Alaska no la tuvo, pero si creo que su último pensamiento fue su madre. Y es en este escenario donde me surge mi pregunta :¿Fue suicidio o accidente? Me siento como Hazel Grace cuando termino de leer An Imperial Affliction, su deseo de saber que paso con los demás personajes.
Y eso es lo hermoso de leer y sumergirse en el mundo del libro, te quedas con ganas de más y comienzas a divagar y sacar conjeturas e hipótesis, pues mi hipótesis es que Alaska se suicido, pero no creo q fuera premeditado, pienso que se le presento na oportunidad de salir del laberinto y la tomo “derechito y rápido” pienso esto, porque ella manifestaba que no era feliz, y tal vez cada vez que sintiera una mínima parte de felicidad el recuerdo de su madre aparecía, me encanto ese personaje porque es tan enigmático que como Miles te mueres por conocerlo totalmente, es tan bipolar e impulsiva que creo que eso la llevo a tomar la decisión en una milésima de segundo de chocar contra el carro.
Gracias infinitas por este maravilloso libro, yo sigo en búsqueda de mi Gran Quizas.


Evelyn August 29, 2014 at 4:48 pm

I just finished reading Looking for Alaska. I have to admit, if I knew the after part before starting (subject matter), I probably would not have read it. Having said that however, I loved the book. One thing, I thought I read at some point was that Alaska’s boyfriend didn’t go to the funeral. I found that odd and wondered if Jake was telling the truth about the phone call. Not sure if I got that part wrong…about him not going to the funeral. If he did not got to the funeral, why? what was the significance? Thanks


Victoria August 31, 2014 at 5:45 am

Dear John Green,

your book is so staggering and so mesmeric.
I am rapturous.

The story is heartwarming and thoughtful. Alaska is a charming human. She and Miles supply the book uniqueness.
I am still thinking about the labyrinth. I am loking for answers. I am looking for Maybe.

Thank you, John. You are an amazing writer. I am going to read other your books.


Matthew Loring August 31, 2014 at 10:31 pm

Dear John Green,
I apologize in advance for the poor quality of this letter/comment. I have a few questions to which I believe you have the answers. Who was Alaska going to see the night of her death? Was Alaska Miles’ great perhaps or was she more of a gateway to Miles’ future?
Thank you for your time and for writing the best book I have ever read.

Matthew Loring


Violet September 1, 2014 at 12:59 am

Dear John,
First I would like to say that I just finished Looking For Alaska (I cried like a baby!) and you are such a great and talented author. I am amazed by how much thought and effort you put into your dialogue and characters. If you are reading this, you’re probably thinking yeah yeah she’s gonna ask me another question! Well yes, I am. I would like to know how you think Alaska died. Do you think that she would’ve taken her own life, maybe an accident? Maybe you could answer this in an FAQ? I would just be so grateful to know your point of view.

Yours truly,


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