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Looking for Alaska

Green, John (Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.
Authors: Green, John, 1977-
Title: Looking for Alaska
Publisher: New York : Speak, 2007, c2005
Characteristics: 221, 11 pages ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: John Green
Notes: Originally published: New York : Dutton Children's Books, 2005
"A novel"--Cover
Includes discussion questions
Includes an excerpt of author's "An Abundance of Katherines."
Summary: Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.
Awards & Distinctions: Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, 2006
ISBN: 9780142402511
0142402516
Branch Call Number: y GREEN 2007
Subject Headings: Interpersonal relations Juvenile fiction Boarding schools Alabama Juvenile fiction Schools Juvenile fiction Death Juvenile fiction
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction
Topical Term: Interpersonal relations
Boarding schools
Schools
Death
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"Back in 2007 before John Green was a nerd-fighter, I found his debut novel on the shelf. The spine was so intriguing with its black background and smoky outline that I was sold. When I read how a character dropped the name of my teen muse Tori Amos into a freestyle rap, I just about lost it... Read More »

Miles has always kept people at arm's length, but when he starts attending a boarding school, he makes true friends for the first time in his life. After a tragedy, he and his remaining friends try to make sense of their loss. I love the smart kids in John Green's novels and the conversations the... Read More »

Readers who like Holden Caulfield of The Catcher in the Rye might like Miles, a prep high school transfer. It was challenged for reasons relating to drugs/alcohol/smoking, being sexually explicit and unsuited to age group. The book is available in audio and ebook formats.

Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.


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Oct 12, 2014
  • Schleprock rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I don't have the words for all of the compelling ways this book bore into every part of my heart and soul. Like many others, I laughed and cried. But mostly, I considered my own Labryinth and whether I have given up on the Great Perhaps.

Sep 18, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Overall enjoyable read about a guy who goes off to boarding school and proceeds to have a great time until an awful event occurs which, as much as it starts out the opposite, brings him and his new friends closer together. A lot of this actually felt a little bit like moving into residence for the first time, except with different rules and hijinks obviously, but it had that sort of feel. That feeling of being on your own for the first time and knowing you get to start over: who you were before now isn't relevant to these new people unless you make it that way. Miles and Alaska however remind me a lot of Quentin and Margo from Paper Towns, and it probably would be the opposite had I read this one first. The girls are both concepts to the male characters (I'm hearing a certain line from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind echoing in my head right about now) and the girls keep trying to point out that they are not despite what the male character wants. What differs here is I think Alaska will always be a concept for Miles, which considering the events of the book is maybe slightly okay? I don't know, it's a little weird for me.

Anyway if you love John Green's work you will love this and, really, if you're up for a quick read that is as funny as it is serious and sardonic, pick this one up. Apparently it's been optioned for a film and I am curious to see casting and how it will go.

Sep 08, 2014
  • NERDFIGHTERS_INYOURPANTS rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absolutely loved this book! I think that John Green is such a great author. This book made me feel like I was at Culver Creek and part of the story... It was truly AMAZING!

Aug 12, 2014
  • Nymeria23 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Not what I was expecting. This book seemed to revolve around smoking, bad decisions, dependency, regret and a couple themes/ideas that persisted throughout the book. I thought that the whole atmosphere of the school was really strange, with the main characters consistently smoking and drinking, and the adults being present but not really authoritative. Alaska's capricious attitude and mood swings started to really annoy me. She just was too great of an enigma. I felt like Pudge's and the other's grief was understandable. The themes of the labyrinth of suffering, and the Great Perhaps never really strayed away from Pudge's mind, and it gave the book a sort of philosophical feeling to it. This book really wasn't for me, but I did like the last words that Pudge collected (some were nicely ironic), the whole before and after concept, and I thought that the Colonel was very interesting (I loved the basketball-game scene).

Aug 02, 2014
  • iamafangirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absolutely love this book. My favourite John Green book. I did not enjoy the after very much though. it was almost too sad to continue. I won't say anymore because i don't want to spoil.

Aug 01, 2014
  • ypzheng rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The author and this book itself is amazing. It is such a fun read for the summer.

Jul 28, 2014
  • guwiera rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I cried so hard, such a good sad but funny book!!!!!

Jul 24, 2014
  • hycao rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The structure of the novel was enticing, while the story line of a teen looking for an adventure, "The Great Perhaps", follows the lead of an troubled teen, Alaska Young.

Looking For Alaska, written by John Green, follows the story of Miles Halter and his life as he begins attending a boarding school in search of what he calls “The Great Perhaps.” Along the way, Miles meets a wide variety of individuals, including Alaska, The Colonial, Takumi, and Lara, all of which shape him in life changing ways. The life style he is now exposed to is anything but safe, especially when disaster strikes. The before aspect of the novel describes carefree teenage life as they have always known it to be, the after aspect is what throws Miles and his new found friends not only towards “The Great Perhaps,” but also towards Alaska’s “Labyrinth of Suffering.”

The name “Looking For Alaska” describes what one does when one loses someone close to them. You attempt to search for every ounce of information to fully locate them and understand them. The characters, who are desperately “looking” learn just how destructive this can be. The act of “looking” for someone ultimately leads to one coming to terms with the situation and being able to let go of each other once and for all.

Once again, John Green has been able to leave readers with a wondrous story and a vast amount of knowledge about a subject many fear the most. The novel, while containing more explicit content including drinking and smoking, focuses more on the act of moving on. The characters have an unsolved question they truly want to be answered, but the real question is whether or not they will live without knowing and continue on. Truly a question we all must ask ourselves in a time of confusion and curiosity.

Jul 17, 2014
  • susienor rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

To say that John Green's language is beautiful, is quite surprising. Just check some of the quotes and you will realize this is definitely not a book for minors. That it is in areas of libraries that minors can reach is very shocking. With so many laws protecting minors--low speed zones around schools, abuse laws, etc--it is very strange that librarians are allowed to expose minors to this kind of filth. (If you censor this review, I will appeal to Bibliocommons to restore it. After all, "Intellectual Freedom" is not only for the ones who agree with librarians... or is it?!)

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Oct 17, 2014
  • indigo_cat_175 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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Aug 12, 2014
  • Nymeria23 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 30, 2014
  • weepingangels rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 11, 2014
  • ehuang0811 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 30, 2014
  • magkeller99 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 28, 2014
  • lucypeterson rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 26, 2014
  • Elizabeth Neilson rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 11, 2014
  • jboyland rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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belledog thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 17 and 30

May 31, 2014
  • rieder4 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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Jun 29, 2013
  • rock_on_4ever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Miles "Pudge" Halter goes to Culver Creek boarding school. He meets new friends and discovers life's meaning through his friend, Alaska Young.

Looking for Alaska is really about the great adventure of Miles in a prep school in Albama. Miles is your average kid, with grades, some friends, basically normal in most ways that a 16 year old can be! The thing is Miles, is known for memorizing the last words of famous people, and this search eventually leads him to search for his Great Perhaps, (his real adventure/meaning in life. After moving to the prep school, Miles meets Colonel, Takumi, and the unique Alaska Young! Miles' whole life is turned upside down through his many adventures with this crew.Between life of a pressured 16 year old, and just trying to discover how to "escape from this labyrinth of sufferring" Miles' has his hands full!

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Aug 12, 2014
  • Nymeria23 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Other: Repeated smoking and drinking of characters

Dec 31, 2013
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: "Consensual" sex between minor children!

Sexual Content: a little bit of kissing and one very detailed sex scene

Aug 16, 2013
  • bambi13 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains sexual content

Aug 16, 2013
  • bambi13 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Lots of coarse words

Feb 22, 2013
  • AliReads rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Consensual, wonderfully awkward and realistically portrayed sex and curiosity.

Jul 01, 2012
  • Mee2 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: There are descriptions of porno videos and even oral sex (among teens), which makes this book inappropriate for minors.

Jul 01, 2012
  • Mee2 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Lots of it, making this book inappropriate for minors.

Jul 28, 2011
  • Mysticara7 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Note: I would say that there is no graphic violence in this book, though there is some mischief and a bit of morbidity. There is mild sexual content. Also, if you care about the notices, you should watch the videos as well, because they are pretty much on the subject of the notices.

Jan 28, 2011
  • dracolikesfire rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Oral sex - brief, non-descript

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Oct 07, 2014
  • ucblue rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

" Those awful things are survivable, because we are as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be."

Aug 29, 2014
  • Login238 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"I never wanted so badly to be Crest Complete"...lols

Aug 12, 2014
  • Nymeria23 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

“I am going to take this bucket of water and pour it on the flames of hell, and then I am going to use this torch to burn down the gates of paradise so that people will not love God for want of heaven or fear of hell, but because He is God.”

Aug 02, 2014
  • Man123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

really good book

Jul 30, 2014
  • weepingangels rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Y'all smoke because you enjoy it, I smoke to die"

Jul 21, 2014
  • frinkerbell rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"I may die young, but at least i'll die smart."

Jul 14, 2014
  • Holly2001 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If people were rain, I'd be a drizzle and she a hurricane

Jul 09, 2014
  • SongsRemain rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail."

Dec 31, 2013
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

[Alaska and I] watched the movie. It opened with a woman standing on a bridge with her legs spread while a guy knelt in front of her, giving her oral sex. [The] woman crouched on her hands and knees while a guy knelt behind her."

Jul 09, 2013
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

[…] Lara randomly asked me, "Have you ever gotten a blow job?" […] "I've just never geeven one […]. I think I want to," she said, and we kissed a little, and then […] Lara unbuttoned my pants and pulled my boxers down a little and pulled out my p*nis. - - So we […] asked [her]. [Alaska] walked into the bathroom, returned with a tube of toothpaste, and showed us. In detail. […] Lara and I went back to her room, where she did exactly what Alaska told her to do, and I did exactly what Alaska said I would do […]. It was my first orgasm with a girl […]."

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John Green's response to aparental challenge against his book

Jun 25, 2014
  • miztasha rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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