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Reader reviewed by Wes

This was excellent, a compelling read that will have me thinking about it days afterward. The characters were dimensional and vivid. I liked how unstereotypical they turned out to be. I enjoyed the intelligence of this novel, of Miles' last lines and Colonel's capitals. This book has a lot to offer and I think despite it's intelligence it is highly readable, there is enough deviant behavior, sex, drugs, pranks and drinking to entertain reluctant readers while still challenging them with complex thoughts on religion, history and philosophy.
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Best debut novel ever!
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Reader reviewed by MssJos

What I like about Green's male protagonists is that they aren't jocks, captain of the football team, wizards, invisible, or extraordinary in any particular way (well except for maybe being child prodigies or having memorized every famous persons' last words). Other than though, they are typically completely regular guys who are in search of something. In Miles "Pudge" Halter's case, he is looking for the "Great Perhaps."

While I wasn't completely sure what the "Great Perhaps" was, and for that matter, neither was Miles, I was surely hoping he would find it at Culver Creek private school which happens to also be in the state where I live. (that's probably tmi for a blog but it's a big state so I feel okay about it).

Though the Great Perhaps eluded Miles for the majority of the novel, he did make his first real friend, take his first drink, smoke his first cigarette, and have his first sexual encounter. So it was a big year for Miles. Through Miles, Green reminds us what it was like when we first started letting our parents' voices fade into the background, making our own decisions (some good...some not so good) and living our own lives.

At Culver Creek, Miles meets Alaska Young, a beautiful but deeply troubled young woman who leaves a severe impression on everyone she meets. Alaska reminds me of an ancient Chinese proverb that states:


"Life is like a peice of paper, on which every passerby leaves a mark."

After meeting and befriending Alaska, Miles changes a great deal throughout the novel, sometimes in ways that might make parents reconsider sending their children to private school. But underneath it all, he remains an intelligent, believable, likable, confused young man. If you liked Laurie Halse Anderson's Twisted, and J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, you will enjoy Green's characters.

Looking for Alaska was a wonderful read and again, another great male perspective ya novel. Green's depiction of teenage dialogue is 100% authentic. Green accurately depicts how truly screwed up being a teenager can be and how the power of friendship can change your life forever. Alaska's intensity, and Miles' need for it, keep the pages of the novel turning rapidly.
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Such a Twist...
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Reader reviewed by Brittany Leigh

Looking for Alaska by John Green might be one of my favorite books of all time.

Here's the jist...Miles, the male lead, is a teen obsessed with people's last words. Actors, writers, presidents...you give him a name and, if they have passed, he will know their famous last words.

I guess you could say that Miles wasn't the most popular boy in school. So when he meets Alaska Young, a wild, carefree girl, at his new boarding school, his life gets turned upside down.

He and his new friends have good times and bad times. But it's the worst time that has him and a few friends wondering what happened on a night that no one at Culver Creek Boarding School will ever forget.
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One of my favorites
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Reader reviewed by Leah



This book is one of my favorites because it kept me hooked and reading through out the whole thing. This book is about Miles (or pudge) moving to boarding school. He makes friends with the colonel, takumi, lara, and most of all, Alaska. He instantly falls in love with her but she has a boyfriend and a tendency to get into trouble. Just as things are about to go well, tragedy strucks and Miles thinks all is lost. This is funny, sad, suspenceful, and moving. All you could ever want in a book.
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Reader reviewed by Mairi

Miles is a different kid- not quite a full blown geek, but he certainly has some interesting habits, like memorizing last words. The last words of Francois Rabelais (I go to seek the Great Perhaps) inspire him to seek his own Great Perhaps in boarding school, where he will meet Alaska Young, a girl who cannot be described by anyone. She smokes and sells cigarettes, but there is an almost childlike innocence about her.

I first heard about this book in one of those online what-book-are-you quizzes and, though this was my result, I did not go right out and read it, possibly because of the freaky cover. A good friend and I were hanging out in the library before school one day, looking for books to read, and she recommended this author to me, and this book as one of his best. Truth be told it still did not look that great, but I really needed something to read so I checked it out and started it, after which I could not put it down.

The topics make this book middle school- high school, but it is a pretty easy read.
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A Modern Classic
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Reader reviewed by Gwen Kozak

Looking for Alaska
I had no interest in reading Looking for Alaska by John Green, even when it was forced into my hands by my best friend.  I finished what I was originally reading, and I started to read.  I was immediately hooked into the world that John Green created for his characters.  I did not stop reading until the book was done.  Miles "Pudge" Halter is a braniac and a nerd who has never had any close friends.  He has had no danger in his life until he goes to a boarding school to find where he belongs in life.  He soon finds himself in with a group of people he would normally stay away from, and they become his best friends.  Alaska Young and "The Colonel" are among those that take Pudge under their wing and teach him how to really live. Even when he goes out of his comfort zone, Pudge is happy for once in his life.  After a life changing event, Pudge must learn to live without something he has taken for granted.  Looking for Alaska is a book that you can reread over and over again, and love it every time.
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One of the Best Books I've Ever Read!!!!
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Reader reviewed by Ashley

Looking for Alaska is about a boy named Miles who is fasinated with people's last words. Name a (dead) person, he'll tell you their last words. But Miles isn't happy with his life in Florida, where he can't find the Great Perhaps. Instead, he chooses to go to boarding school in Alabama where he meets Alaska. Alaska is beautiful, funny, witty, and slightly messed up. A girl like this might actually help him find the Great Perhaps and the answer to getting out of the labyrinth.




By far this is one of my favorite books. It kept me mesmerized with the story as unexpected turns were taken. This book was a real eye opener, and has definitely changed the way I look at things. I'd recommend Looking for Alaska to anyone!

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Reader reviewed by Lauren

I'm not a huge fan of realistic fiction but I heard a lot of good things about this book and decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did! Excellent read. I loved the main character and his journey through the book. I felt his emotions and was pulling for him the whole time. The book was hilarious and heart breaking and I plan on reading everything John Green has written. You will fall in love with Pudge and his roommate and their strange but awesome sidekicks, one of whom is Alaska. I recommend this book to everyone!
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Reader reviewed by Kate

I found the beginning of this book to be slow, but I was VERY glad I kept reading. This book is one that I will not soon forget-- its message is one that sticks.

Friendship, betrayal, love, heartbreak-- you'll find it all in this story. It has very diverse and believable characters that were easy to identify and sympathize with. I especially enjoyed the fascination with last words-- kind of ironic and very cool. Alaska's spirit and sense of life made the whole story worthwhile-- her opinions and ideas are ones that really made me think.

This book will definitely get you thinking and make an impact on your whole life perspectives. I know it did for me :) must read!
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In Love with 'Alaska'
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Here comes one of those books that you just can’t talk about without giving away a big ol’ spoiler. John Green’s “Looking for Alaska” revolves around a spoiler, so if you haven’t read it and don’t want to know what happens, stop reading! If you’ve read the book, or if you are okay with finding out what happens, have at this blog post!

What struck me most about “Looking for Alaska” is Alaska herself. One of my favorite experiences when reading a book is when an author makes you fall in love with a character, and I fell in loooooooove with Alaska. With each Smoking Hole, Strawberry Hill, Blue Citrus interaction you get with her, you just fall deeper and deeper in love with the girl, and you can understand why no guy would stand a chance if they were ever in her presence.

So of course all of our hearts break when Alaska dies in a mysterious car accident. Here is where Green continues to demonstrate his amazing writing skills in that he accurately portrays the mixed emotions one can go through when experiencing the death of a loved one. Obviously there’s grief, especially for Miles, the main character of the story. In Alaska’s special circumstance, there is the suspicion that her death was a suicide, prompting Miles’s anger at what he perceives as selfishness on Alaska’s part. Miles in particular has a hard time reconciling his anger and his grief, and Green brilliantly portrays that you don’t have to have one at the expense of another. Death is a complicated matter, suicide is even more complicated, and there is no all-encompassing answer that can make the loss of a friend an easy process to go through. Green, however, provides a text that may help teenagers get through this process if they sadly have to go through it themselves. Regardless of whether or not a reader of “Looking for Alaska” has lost a loved one, they will certainly connect with Green’s characters and their attempts to make their lives as meaningful as possible.
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Amazing characters, whether protagonists, antagonists, major, or minor.
Realistic characters that readers can relate to.
A touching read that deals with an emotional and difficult subject.
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