Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska

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"Before." Miles "Pudge" Halter's whole life has been one big non-event. Then he heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-butboring 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 pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into a new life, and steals his heart. "After." Nothing is ever the same. The Printz Award-winning modern classic is now available in the successful Premium Edition format with a bonusshow more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 221 pages
  • 106.68 x 187.96 x 20.32mm | 158.76g
  • SPEAK
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 014241221X
  • 9780142412213
  • 52,960

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Alive with sweet, self-deprecating humor. . . . Like Phineas in John Knowles s A Separate Peace, Green draws Alaska . . . lovingly, in self-loathing darkness as well as energetic light. " School Library Journal", starred reviewshow more

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794,371 ratings
4.09 out of 5 stars
5 44% (346,522)
4 32% (251,556)
3 18% (139,194)
2 5% (41,379)
1 2% (15,720)

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I found Looking for Alaska to be a bit hit and miss, the story rolls along with not much happening at all with all the force of a serious story line. Miles is exploring life for the first time at a boarding school where he is taken under the wing by his roommate Chip, a dirt-poor genius on a scholarship who spends his spare time coming up with extravagant plans to bring down the uber-rich preppies of their school. Chips best friend is Alaska, a girl almost as bad as him and is up for anything in the world. Miles falls for her and ultimately ends up with his heart broken but along the way they have as much fun as possible and end up having to unfold the mystery of Alaska. For More YA Reviews Check Out: http://goodgollymisshollybooks.blogspot.com/show more
by Good Golly Miss Holly
Miles Halter is the type of high-schooler who always faded into the background at his public school in Florida. He had few friends, by choice as much as by fate, and wanted only to study his passion--memorizing the last words of people who had died. After reading the dying words of poet Francois Rabelais, "I go to seek a Great Perhaps", Miles is convinced that there's more to life than what he's so far experienced. So Miles sets off to spend his junior and senior years at Culver Creek, a private boarding school in Alabama. There he gains his first nickname "Pudge" (a misnomer, by far, since Miles is quite skinny); meets his first love, Alaska Young; has his first sexual encounter with a Romanian girl named Lara; and gains two great male friends, Chip "The Colonel" Martin and Takumi Hikohito. He also experiences the joys and sickness of getting drunk, the strangeness of smoking cigarettes, and the unadulterated pleasure of playing pranks. Pudge's new group of friends have their own quirks--The Colonel memorizes countries, capitals, and populations; Alaska collects books for her Life's Library that she hasn't yet read; Takumi relishes being The Fox. They all work together to irritate their teachers, avoid confrontation with The Eagle, the school's dean, and pull off pranks against the rich Weekday Warriors that are the popular clique at Culver Creek. But LOOKING FOR ALASKA is mostly the story of growing up, of falling in love, of dealing with loss, and getting through life as best that you can. With wonderful dialogue, fascinating prose, and characters that are so real you'll think you know them personally, this is a book well worth reading. Not just is it the story of a group of teenagers looking to find their way out of the labryinth of loss, or just the story of finding our Great Perhaps, LOOKING FOR ALASKA is about living the best life that can be led. I loved this story, and highly recommend it. Once you do, you'll realize it's no surprise that it won the Teen's Top 10 Awards--in fact, it probably deserves more. *Gold Star Award Winner!show more
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