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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Cassidy Olson November 6, 2015 at 6:55 pm

You continue to amaze me Mr. Green. About 3 years I finished all of your books in week, I’ve never stopped rereading them since. You get me better than my closest friends and that’s mad weird dood. Anyways, I wanted to say thank you for ruining my life and making me hate the world but put things in a different perspective and make me not take things for granted. You suck. I hate you. I love you. MAKE MORE BOOKS YOU GENIUS WITH THE MIND OF A TEENAGER ~Cassidy oh ps I would like you to email me so we can get started on planning our wedding.
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Hannah Ferguson November 8, 2015 at 1:10 am

Can you tell us about your Alaska?


Karen November 9, 2015 at 10:09 pm

Can I purchase a signed book, looking for Alaska, from you for a special Christmas Gift for my daughter?

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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Genevieve November 9, 2015 at 11:51 pm

This book is my favorite out of all your books! So much emotion, love, it left me crying for weeks!!!! *READ THIS BOOK!!!!*


Neanna Tabor November 11, 2015 at 9:53 am

what motivates you to write these kinds of story ??… its just that your stories are so amazing.. I get excited when they make a movie of it !


Nathalia November 17, 2015 at 10:56 am

Simplesmente um dos melhores livros que já li.


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Hildelanny vieira November 18, 2015 at 8:51 am

dear sir jhon green, hope there is a possibility of somehow the book who you and Alaska? has continued, a cloudy half idea, I know how else to blame and stars, there is life after death, not for the dead, ma but for the living, so tell us how the colonel and the stopper managed to overcome the death of his so dear friend, and if you think about doing the film or if I estever already doing with all the joy of the world will watch .. I expect a response, with all the love, one of his readers.


Warda Afridi November 19, 2015 at 8:24 am

Hi, I am also one of your reader, I have never loved a book as much as ‘Looking for Alaska’.Dear John Green i must say you’ve written this book incredibly amazing and this made me thought a Man can see a Woman’s Life in such prospective.I am really looking forward to ‘looking for Alaska’ movie. I want to know why is Alaska always depressed and screwed up? i am really interested in that book, If possible do make another part of that book to know the mystery behind Alaska’s Character. I would appreciate it.


Faythe November 19, 2015 at 7:47 pm

Me and my friends were disscussing the looking for alaska movie (wether or not it actually gets created) and we thought that Cara Delevigne may be a good choice for Alaska. Just a thought


Julian November 20, 2015 at 6:26 pm

I am one if the friends.


Julian November 19, 2015 at 8:08 pm

OMG!!!!! I heard of the movie coming out next year, in 2016, and I can honestly say that the BEST actress to play Alaska wound be Cara Delevingne. She would be great. And also Nat Wolf as Pudge. Jim Coleman should play Eagle. Sopjia Grillo as Lara . Ki Hong Lee as Takumi. Dylan O’ Brien as Colonel . Ansel Elgort should play Jake. And grant gustin as Kevin . If not all those actors are there that is fine, but it would be great if they were. But Cara would be GREAT as Alaska and Nat wolf as Pudge.


Nana November 20, 2015 at 3:38 pm

What would has said Alaska before her death?


Cecilia November 20, 2015 at 4:52 pm

I am reading “Paper Towns” it is a really interesting book. I love how the characters speak their vocabulary is up to date. I love the road trip they are taking, every senior’s dream trip. The suspense on what may happen is amazing which makes me want to keep reading. I’m in love with “Paper Towns”!
I also loved “The Fault in Our Stars”… if only Gus wouldn’t have died. I also look forward to read “Looking for Alaska” Absolutely LOVE your writing Mr. Green! l


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Varminee Ravindra November 27, 2015 at 4:04 pm

Wow John Green, your books amaze me so much. I first read your book when I was going on holiday and it was Looking For Alaska. I had a mix of emotions. It was wonderful and now I am reading Fault in Our Stars.
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Victor Petcu November 28, 2015 at 10:36 am

Good evening SIR! I’m wondering why was Alaska supposed to be killed in an accident exactly after the time when they kissed.Why wasn’t she saved somehow for a happy ending? to be honest i was so sad when that happend and i loved her beside all of them))) Beside all this, THIS IS A MASTERPIECE! Thank you

Regards, Victor (from Moldova)


Smeet S Nilvarna November 29, 2015 at 9:37 am

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