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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anna October 17, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Dear John green,
i read a lot and i really like to read things that make you think about certain things or may change your point of view in some kind of way. I have now read all of your books. Also im german but i keep reading your books in english because i think that you are not really able to put yourself into one authors point of view without speaking his language. Anyways i want to say that looking for alaska in my opinion is the best of all your books. Not only because of its awesome plot but because of the characters who emphasize and represent the thoughts of people that age. So thank you for sharing your amazing books with us i would really love to read another book of yours.


Cecily Stranahan October 22, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Well done reading John Green in English! Some German people consistently read my blog and I have wondered if they can speak English or instant translate. You might want to check out my entry: Not In My Stars


Brandi October 18, 2014 at 9:40 am

Hi john green my name is Brandi and I just finished this book I read it for a book project it brought me to tears more than once. My question is what did happen to alaska? And you might not want to answer that but I have another one too how did tukami feel when he came back were they all friends again?


markus anthony cruz October 19, 2014 at 2:08 am

did the author conveynhis message to the header


YouTube.com/MrHairyBrit October 19, 2014 at 12:37 pm

I discovered the vlogbrothers earlier this year but slowly over time they have helped me with my confidence to vlog, be a nerd and as of yesterday finally tempted me back to audiobooks.

I have just finished Looking For Alaska and already have An Abundance Of Katherine’s in my phone for Sunday’s entertainment.


unwichtig October 20, 2014 at 4:09 am

bad book


David Tome October 20, 2014 at 4:12 am

Wer das liest ist dumm XD


221bTARDISblue October 20, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Nothin´ but mature and grown up, aren´t we?


unwichtig2 October 20, 2014 at 4:50 am

right …


screw u October 20, 2014 at 4:21 pm

you are dumb thinking this was not a good book , do u know how to read .


sara October 20, 2014 at 2:12 pm

dear John Green,
i’m italian, and i want to tell you that this book change my life. you’re a beautiful person, and your book are fantastic. there aren’t any words to describe it

xxx Sara, Italy


eli October 20, 2014 at 4:17 pm

I loved reading this amazing book by John Green . I did have a problem with the reasoning of the book being called finding Alaska , I think it should of been called Finding Colver Creek . Over all out standing book . go and read now .


Manon October 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm

It’s not finding Alaska it’s looking for Alaska which is a perfect title for the book


Darah Roberta October 21, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Hi, John, how are you?
Well… Looking for Alaska became to be my favorite book. I’ve read a lot of books after Alaska, but none of them can be better. Oh, my God, Alaska is perfect. She is the kind of girl I wanna be. I know that she is crazy, but that’s the point of being human, be crazy, isn’t it? Okay, I have to ask it. How could you write this amazing story? Have you lived something like that? Because you’ve written with so much feelings that I can’t stop thinking that you lived something that you wrote in this book. And it’s the first book that you wrote, please, tell me, have you lived something like that? I’m getting crazy here. Please, tell me.


Lea October 21, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Dear John,
i´m Lea and i´m fourteen years old.
I live in Germany and i love your books <3
I read Looking for Alaska after The fault in our stars and I LOVE it….
In the end i cried, sometimes i put myself too much in the figures :o
I have a question… i´ve heard that you want to make a Movie with the script of Looking for Alaska, is that true?
Sorry for my English i only learn it in School but I hope you answer me :) <3
Best wishes from Germany,

Your Lea <3


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Hannah Rahn October 21, 2014 at 9:22 pm

Dear John Green,
Thank you for writing so many wonderful books! I just finished Looking for Alaska and it is one of the greatest books I have ever read. Although when Alaska died I threw the book on my bedroom floor and proceeded crying on my bed… once I could see the worlds again without my vision blurring from tears, I continued to read. It was hard though, I felt as if I lost one of my best friends and I was even doubting she was really dead, much like Pudge and the Colonel. I know it’s only a book and some of my friends think it’s ridicules I get sad over this, but i do. How can i not? Your writings are some of the best I have ever read, thanks again so much!


Sydjee October 22, 2014 at 8:27 am

Dear John green
I have just just finished your book Looking for Alaska, which is incredible and surprising. . The way Alaska dies is rough but in a sense.he look like so much although I think that that would end in a different way. I like simply the way laquel you have this paper this book. Impatient person to read your other books.


Addie Emma October 22, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Dear John Green,
My love for reading comes and goes much like waves recede from the shore only to be drawn back in. Of all the books that have passed through my hands “Looking for Alaska” is insurmountable. I have never felt such a connection to the words that my eyes ran over. I have never been so overcome with emotion and gratitude for an Author. Thank you for writing such a beautiful book. It has become an item of significant life change for me and I will never be able to completely express my gratitude for giving me Alaska and Pudge.
Forever Thankful,
Addie Emma.


Jacqui October 22, 2014 at 8:43 pm

Dear Mr.Green,
I do have to say that once I finished reading “Looking For Alaska” I saw things in a different way. I am a reader who loves to pick out beautiful lines that natural have some type of meaning to them, and in your book I had pick out more than I ever had in any other book. The idea of the Labyrinth of Suffering is just exquisite! The way you followed that idea throughout the entire book was just fa-nominal, and giving us the solution at the end, “The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive,” fit perfectly into the book. I love how “Looking For Alaska” kept me on the edge of my seat, and wanting to keep reading. I took a lesson out of your book, and that was to forgive. Forgive is the way out of the labyrinth. Not only was the idea of the labyrinth of suffering one of my favorite parts about your book, I also love how Pudge memorized peoples last word. My favorite last words that Pudge had memorized was by Thomas Edison, ” It’s very beautiful over there. I dont know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere and I hope it’s beautiful.” But I wanted to thank you for writing such a wonderful book! This book has now become my favorite book and I could easily read it over and over again without it ever getting old! Your and amazing author, and I have read many of your other writing and was just as amazed with them as I am with “Looking For Alaska.” I look forward to reading more of you exquisite writings!
Thank You


Elena October 23, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Dear Mr. Green,

Thank you for opening a new world within my mind.


Isabella Wright October 23, 2014 at 10:50 pm

I can’t really explain what happened when I first read tfios. I had never read anything so beautiful. After reading all your other books, I knew that I had found myself. I’m always found in your books, escaping reality page by page. I bring your books everywhere, particularly tfios. Within the pages of your books I found the world I really belong in. Explaining what I discovered is hard. Just, thank you for writing the worlds I belong to.


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