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The award-winning, genre-defining debut from #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award
Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
New York Times bestseller

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .

After. Nothing is ever the same.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Looking for Alaska
Average rating
4.3 / 5
My Opinion of Looking For Alaska
December 8th, 2015
This book was awesome! I decided to read this book simply because I read The Fault in our Stars and I saw that Looking for Alaska was written by the same author, John Green. Anyway, this book was amazing for many reasons, such as feeling a close connection worth all of the characters and John Green's funny and sarcastic tone of narrating the book. :)
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Alluring
November 15th, 2015
The start of this book reminded of a beginning college/university type of movie, then as the story when on you met the characters and each character is so unique and the stories and the story told in this book just leaves you wanting to know the full story and what's next. This novel will really make you feel like the main character and this book is easy to relate to on some levels.
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Serene
September 13th, 2015
Book was recommended to me by a friend about a year ago now, finished this book about 9 times completely. One of my favorites, recommended to anyone.
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Wish it was 5/5
July 29th, 2015
I haven't been a huge fan of John Green's writing, and for majority of this book I didn't think my opinion would change. It wasn't until I read the Readers Guide from the Collectors Edition of this book. There were many questions that I had concerning the writing style of Mr. Green, and his answers definitely gave me a new perspective on his method of writing. Let me share with you one of the questions from the Readers Guide. Alaska wasn't introduced as fully as the other characters even though the book largely centers around the effect she had on people (like the Colonel). Is that intentional? I found this to be quite odd the whole time I was reading the book, and I wrongly assumed it was written unintentionally, making me think wrongly on the author. His answer is exactly what I needed to make me look at the book in a whole new light. I appreciate the intent he has in his writing style, and I actually enjoy the book much more after this specific question. After reading Looking for Alaska, I am probably going to go back and re-read his other books, and give them another try. As for this book, I give it a 4/5. Since the collectors edition with the readers guide was a last minute purchase I realize that the questions I enjoyed so much, were not part of the book, and if it weren't for the questions, I would have a different opinion on this book. I'll probably re-read the book and see if my rating changes from there.
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2 of 2 people found this helpful
Constantly flipping pages
March 11th, 2015
It was one of those books that you just can not put down! that you need to,want to know what happens next.
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This Book is PHENOMENAL
February 19th, 2015
I had heard nothing but good things about John Green's novel, Looking for Alasa, and I am pleased to say that it held itself to the raving rviews I had heard. This book provides an amazing view on how we choose to look at 5he world, always searching for our "great perhaps" kudos to Green for yet again nailing the teenagers point of view.
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Review
January 8th, 2015
Wasn't the best book i've read but if you're interested in mistery and shocking endings, this is the book for you.
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Looking for a great novel?
November 14th, 2014
Looking for Alaska is a great boarding-school YA novel, complete with hijinx, unrequited crushes, unusual cafeteria food, and best of all, perhaps, great pranks. It's also a coming-of-age story for Miles, the protagonist, as he learns to deal not only with living away from home, but responsibility and life's great mysteries. At times funny and heartbreaking, Looking for Alaska is an excellent debut novel. (DFTBA!)
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Liked it
August 19th, 2014
Is it good book and I enjoyed it.
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Amazing book
July 1st, 2014
Looking for Alaska is truly an amazing story, john green writes beautifully and like nobody before, i love all of the books ive read by John green
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1 review
May 29th, 2014
So sad but so amazing
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Looking for alaska
May 4th, 2014
So amazing!!!! Characters were well developed it was just an amazing read:
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5 of 5 people found this helpful
April 25th, 2014
This is one of the best books i have ever read! i love the plot line to it and it kind of leaves the book wanting more which also sucks because it was so good! i never got bored of this book there was always something intriguing in every chapter in there.
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A Good Kind of Different
April 7th, 2014
I enjoyed the book, obviously its the kind of book where you begin to slowly predict the outcome but I did not expect such little description and just obsessive dialogue in the "After" portion of the novel. Regardless, it was a good read and I am officially a John Green fan.
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Good but prefer TFIOS
March 20th, 2014
This is not a book to Alaska. But a story of love and death, leaving u tears. Somehow I hope the story will have a better ending.
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A great read
March 18th, 2014
I was surfing the internet one night and came across a quote from this book. I read it twice and bought the book immediately. The characters are so incredible, the depth at which you get to know them is incredible. Thank you John Green for an amazing read that keeps you wondering, even after the last page.
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1 person found this helpful
My thoughts on Looking for Alaska
March 14th, 2014
I am no critic. I am no author. I am simply just a girl. I am a girl that loves to read. I am a girl that loves to learn. I am a girl that loves to laugh and I am a girl that loves to live my life. I loved to read this book. I loved to learn about the characters. I often times laughed while reading this book (at least in the before part). However, while reading this book I was unable to live my life because I would stay up all night and not be able to operate during the day. Simply a great book. Simply a great author. Simply a great read. I recommend it to all you people out there looking for a book. Just practice self restraint and don't stay up too late like me. Enjoy!
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1 review
February 23rd, 2014
Usually books and movies have a tendency to exaggerate or write down thing that would never happen, and make characters do stupid things. But in Looking for Alaska there is an amazing and crazy plot with real-life characters. Who could be someone you bump into on the street. It is amazing.
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1 review
February 22nd, 2014
Enjoyable, quick read, but far from the engaging, stunning read everyone led me to believe it would be.
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1 review
February 12th, 2014
I know a lot of people will probably come to "Looking For Alaska" because of "The Fault In Our Stars" but LFA is definitely my favourite John Green book. Atmospheric, witty, intelligent, thought-provoking. It's all you could ask for in a book.
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1 review
February 8th, 2014
some people are careless, and in an adrenaline-fueled all-caps teen reviewing frenzy, will inadvertently give a major spoiler for this book. avoid these people, even though ordinarily, they are pretty cool. this is a really well-written teen fiction book. i mean, it won the printz award, i'm not discovering america here. i think i wanted to emphasize that it definitely reads like a book intended for a teen audience. and i think that me as a teen would have numbered this among my very favorite books. however, as an adult, there are a lot of years between me and the characters in this book, and i have read a lot more books than the average teen, so i am mostly jaded and ruined, but imagine me discovering this at say, 13... 1) a group of smart kids going to boarding school who read all the time and take pleasure in learning and have hundreds of books and quote marquez and rabelais. karen would have loved to have had friends like these 2) emotionally unstable female lead who is mysterious and changeable who is not afraid of her sexuality but doesn't use it all the time to get what she wants who says tough and dramatic things like "y'all smoke to enjoy it. i smoke to die" (thirteen year old karen loves this line, grown up karen rolls her eyes) 3) drinking and smoking and fornicating that do not lead to bad grades and ruined lives. there are other causes for those things... 4) blow job tips. 'nuff said 5) brief crash course in eastern religions that would have been so exotic to small town karen. and the structure would have been novel to young karen: countdown leading up to the event then countdown leading away from it. very cool. so i see why the kids like it. and i liked it, too, but i think it would have been more important and surprising and enchanting to me as a kid - all the first love and first loss type stuff, all the unwritten behavioral codes between the teens and the authority figures, and the slow unravel of a mystery. very cool. but i have a question. and it is a spoiltastic question, so i am going to put up a barrier of images to protect anyone who has not read it, and wants to. these will be subliminal suggestions that are so subtle you won't even know what is happening...dude, seriously - why didn't jake go to alaska's funeral?? there is no reason for him not to have and there is absolutely no explanation given. it makes it easier for the author, yeah, to not have to write a confrontation scene between jake and pudge, and to have the mystery unravel more slowly, but it makes zero sense for someone so in love with his girl to not go to her funeral. seriously. dumb. i will accept any private messages about this, to keep the thread spoiler-free, but until john green tells me why, i am going to say "dumb"(less)
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February 3rd, 2014
Fantastic novel. Thought provoking. Storyline moves in a good pace. But a novel for geeks / nerds; although I'm sure there are things in it for everyone.
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January 29th, 2014
This is my favourite John Green book. I found this book hilariously funny, sad and absolutely amazing. I love the characters especially Pudge and the colonel and anyone looking for a fantastic read should buy this book.
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1 review
January 25th, 2014
Love this book sooooo much!! John green is one of my favorite authors all of his books are amazing!
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
As a junior high school teacher, this is one of the most frequently "stolen" -signed out and never returned- books that I have in my classroom. My students and I love this read, and most of those written by John Green. This book is completely captivating and realistic, and is a page turner you struggle to put down. Highly recommended for male and female students, grades 7 and on, and adults like myself who love to talk to kids about what they read.
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1 review
January 22nd, 2014
I finished reading the amazing story by John Green, Looking For Alaska. Based on a group of college students becoming friends and dorming together for a whole year, pranking, hating, smoking, drinking and of course a love story. But also the plot of the story, death, which was totally unexpected. The build up to the death of the key role, Alaska it portraits a genuine, typical college life students leave, well most of the anyway. It's also a brilliant story portraying the life after death as well as the kiddish-obsession when supposedly 'in love'. Although it is based amongst college students, it is quite a tricky read and a book in need of concentration!
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John Green wrecks my life
December 31st, 2013
John green books wreck my life. I fall in love with them but as soon as you become indulged...he kills the main character! For some reason I continue on and read more of his books anyway. Maybe it's from how he writes them? He gets so into a characters point of view it's like your reading their thoughts and that's how a book should b written.
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The great perhaps
November 26th, 2013
Great open end.
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1 review
October 8th, 2013
This captures the whole meaning of everything a teenager goes through! There's no way to describe how perfectly amazing this book is, I couldn't put it down.
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A good book
August 18th, 2013
Though I found this book rather slow to begin, it was still a good story. Lots of typical teen actions. Overall I did set this book down a few times due to lack of engagement but e story really picked up for me during the last third.
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Amazing
August 7th, 2013
This book, as promised, was fantastic.
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Looking for Alaska
August 1st, 2013
Good story. The Colonel was my favorite character and ironically I didn't like Pudge. The story brought me back to high school days where you feel carefree and made a lot of crazy stuff. The 'before' part of the book was light and hilarious but the 'after' part will make you think of how you deal with your own labyrinth. Discussing about religions is a great idea and worked well..
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August 1st, 2013
So good! So many twists!
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2 of 3 people found this helpful
So sad!
July 29th, 2013
It was amazing, but sad as most John Green books are.
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Amazing
July 14th, 2013
I must say i was very spectical about reading this book as i had read "the faults in our stars" earlier and i was just captured by John Greens writing. As this book is amazing and i highly recomed you to read it but i still believe that "the faults in our stars" is John Greens best work, and if you havent read it i suggest you get up now and buy it, so for me i made it into my hand book for life. Thank you John Green, for now i am stuck in your labyrinth of books.
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1 person found this helpful
New favourite
June 17th, 2013
I'll definitely be looking into mo re John Green books after this. Words can not express how I felt about this book. Don't question this novel. Just buy it, read it, and thank me later.
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