Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska

3.98 (1,473,330 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.98 (1,473,330 ratings by Goodreads)

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The award-winning, genre-defining debut from John Green, the #1 bestselling author of The Anthropocene Reviewed and The Fault in Our Stars

Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award - A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist - A New York Times Bestseller - A USA Today Bestseller - NPR's Top Ten Best-Ever Teen Novels - TIME magazine's 100 Best Young Adult Novels of All Time - A PBS Great American Read Selection - Millions of copies sold!

First drink. First prank. First friend. First love.

Last words.

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 François Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young, who will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. A modern classic, this stunning debut marked #1 bestselling author John Green's arrival as a groundbreaking new voice in contemporary fiction.

Newly updated edition includes a brand-new Readers' Guide featuring a Q&A with author John Green
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 140 x 208 x 14mm | 221g
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0142402516
  • 9780142402511
  • 276

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The award-winning, genre-defining debut from #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars
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Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award
A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
A New York Times Bestseller - A USA Today Bestseller
NPR's Top Ten Best-Ever Teen Novels
TIME magazine's 100 Best Young Adult Novels of All Time
A PBS Great American Read Selection

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Top 10 - An ALA Quick Pick - A Booklist Editors' Choice selection - A Kirkus Best Book of the Year - An SLJ Best Book of the Year - A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best - A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age

"What sets this novel apart is the brilliant, insightful, suffering but enduring voice of Miles Halter." --Chicago Tribune

"Looking For Alaska is a showcase to the raw talent John Green has, the kind of talent that can make you close the crisp last page of a novel and come out as a different person....

A gem of modern literature. --Guardian

★ "What sings and soars in this gorgeously told tale is Green's mastery of language and the sweet, rough edges of Pudge's voice." --Kirkus

★ "Alive with sweet, self-deprecating humor." --SLJ

"Funny, sad, inspiring, and always compelling." --Bookpage

"The spirit of Holden Caulfield lives on." --Kliatt

"Stunning conclusion . . . one worthy of a book this good." --Philadelphia Inquirer
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About John Green

John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of books including Looking for Alaska, The Fault in Our Stars, and Turtles All the Way Down. His books have received many accolades, including a Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and an Edgar Award. John has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the writer and host of the critically acclaimed podcast The Anthropocene Reviewed. With his brother, Hank, John has co-created many online video projects, including Vlogbrothers and the educational channel Crash Course. He lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can visit John online at johngreenbooks.com.
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Rating details

3.98 out of 5 stars
- 1,473,330 ratings
5 39% (572,757)
4 32% (468,511)
3 20% (297,900)
2 7% (96,489)
1 3% (37,673)

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Wow. Another stunning novel by John Green; one of those life-altering, existence revising, heartbreaking novels that only he can pull off. Since the major event in this book had already been spoiled for me, it was not as impacting as it should have been, but I was greatly affected all the same. Overall, I think it sent a great message: that you can find your way out of the labyrinth of suffering; and that itself is what makes this book so amazing. Easy 5 stars.show more
by Bryce
I was first introduced to this auther through his well known novel the fault in our stars which i have read and loved... However, reading this-his debut novel- was an even better experience. this book also deals with loss among other things as the previous book i read of his . Here we accompany the male lead through his journey of growth and understanding. He used to exist in his own isolated little world then decides to take a chance and go into the world, loves and looses then deals with his loss. Even though loss is part of this experience, this story gives you a rounded exprience .so you are left, after dealing and understanding the loss, with a smile on your face. Loved itshow more
by mona abed algani
Review: Divided in two parts Looking for Alaska was for me actually 50% slow till somehow boring and 50% an intense, heart-broken story about friendship and fate. It talks a lot about teenagers, their young life among other teens and their developments concerning social in particular. So the �?�¢??before�?�¢?? part which goes till exactly page 133 was surely interesting, cause I got to know every character and witnessed their daily life at Culver Creek Boarding School. Miles, who didn�?�¢??t have real friends ever before, makes the experience of having some and finally does what all teens do. But this part got somehow long and tedious for me. For sure there were some nice quotes of Alaska or the Colonel but it didn�?�¢??t keep me eager to read on. So once landed at the end of part one I was rewarded for the about 120 pages I read before, cause what then happened just blew me away. And I didn�?�¢??t see it coming. The remaining 80-90 pages were read in a high speed because it was so different to the �?�¢??before�?�¢?? part in many aspects. The plot twist, the atmosphere�?�¢?�?�¦it even felt like the writing changed. It got profound and philosophical so finishing this felt like a learning process the way we experience it more often with John Green books. I honestly had no specific relation to the characters first. They were in some way neutral to me. TILL the �?�¢??after�?�¢?? part as you might guess. The Colonel showed facets of himself, I was surprised of in a positive way and Alaska got more special to me the more she left secrets behind. Miles however was thoughtful throughout the book, which was interesting but not too fascinating. What I really liked about those teenagers was how they stick together and integrated Miles, when he was the new guy. Even though they are all quite different, they found a way to respect each other and hold on to their own believes and interests. In my mind, the book could have been even shorter. For me especially the second part was dominant and succinct and this part is unfortunately shorter than the �?�¢??before�?�¢?? part. Looking for Alaska was a good read but it didn�?�¢??t live up to the expectations I have when I pick a John Green book up. (not according to the rave of many readers) It�?�¢??s an ordinary though dramatic story which sets you thinking about the simple things in life. I have now read four books of John Green and think that might be enough. Rating: �?�¢??�?�¢??�?�¢??�?�¢??�?�¢?? 3 of 5 starsshow more
by Isabel Lazarovici
So I should start by saying, another terrific read from John Green! He is definitely a fantastic writer. I have never written a review but couldn't resist with this one. Everything about this story is so honest and raw. The characters are all well developed and definitely reflect the inner feelings and emotions we suffer and experience every day. The story of Alaska was definitely tragic, from her self-hatred to the trail of destruction she happened to unintentionally leave behind. It reminds us all of how we can be, if not for those around us to hold us and keep us from falling apart. Pudge to me acted as a symbol for the loneliness everyone feels, and shows the need for human interaction and love that he constantly seeks. It is without a doubt, that every one at some point, feels alone and seeks for the Greater Perhaps. He prompts us to remember the love we have around us, and to just believe we all have a greater purpose, we just need to look and find our belonging. I just needed to express my love for this story, and would go on, but feel I have said too much to those who have yet to read in the delights of John Green.show more
by Leisa Brown
I first read this back in college, I rather liked it. Bit quirky and a lil out there but a good read. Looking forward to reading it again.show more
by KiraLee Harvey
This book is amazing and really realistic. There's not much I can really say, I just finished reading it and I was blown away!show more
by alice cerqueira
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