Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska

Book - 2007
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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.
Publisher: New York : Speak, 2007, c2005
ISBN: 9780142402511
0142402516
Branch Call Number: YA FICTION Green
Characteristics: 221, 13 p. ; 21 cm

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mitanline
Jul 30, 2020

John Green has been one of my go-to authors for a while, I’ve read multiple books by him and I’m always left in awe of how he creates his characters, each one different from others and have unique charms to them. This one didn’t disappoint me either, the protagonist Pudge had a knack for knowing last words, and Alaska is portrayed as a character who loves recklessness and chaos but is beauty amidst it. Of course, these are not the only things that set them apart but these are some unlikely attributes about them that stuck with me. In the storyline, Pudge leaves his high school for boarding school while quoting the phrase “I go to seek a great perhaps”. He had been looking for a change and arriving at Culver Creek gave him the change he was looking for; he found friends, quite possibly love and adventures that he would never forget. I love the fact that there are two sections the before and the after, it really shows how everything changes once you meet people in life and sometimes it's astonishing to see how much they impact one's life. John Green does not shy away from expressing his thoughts on heavy topics, he depicts it through his writing which adds on to this book. Many quotes struck a chord in me, so many phrases and sentences had deeper underlying meanings which made this even more intriguing. Overall I loved reading this book, the storyline kept me hooked and I would read it over and over again!

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MrSlime
Jun 17, 2020

who here also found alaska

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jncastellon
May 25, 2020

checedout

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creativegirly123
Apr 03, 2020

Looking for Alaska is the best book I've ever read. I feel as though it's so amazing because there's not anything too grand about it if that makes sense. What I mean is that most books that are considered good or the best usually have a big plot and a lot going on. Looking for Alaska has great, normal characters and a good plot with nothing too complicated. Which is one of the reasons it's so great. And everything they talk about with the labyrinth and how to get out of it is just so exceptional in many indescribable ways. If you ever read a book it should most definitely be Looking for Alaska. I'm not going to really describe the book because you should read it yourself and really see what it's about. I'm not going to say my opinion on what happens so that way you can make up your own mind on what you read. What you think it means and what you think really occurs in the book. The show on Hulu also is so sensational and just absolutely the best thing ever. You really get to see the book come to life. I loved seeing Alaska being portrayed and I was finally able to see how she really was and not just how she was in my head. Probably one of the best quotes from the book is, "How will I ever get out of this labyrinth of suffering?"

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JerryJennings
Jan 26, 2020

I found this book to be a compelling read! I wanted to know what would happen next, how would the characters develop, and would the develop? I have had no experience or frame of reference for a co-ed boarding school - so that was intriguing. John Green has crafted a cast of characters, a setting and an array of challenges and life events that will likely make you want to turn the pages. It is a good read.

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getthebread
Jan 23, 2020

i found alaska lol its on the map lol

JCLHeatherC Jan 10, 2020

2020 Librarian's Read Challenge

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alyshavictoriaann
Nov 27, 2019

An aesthetic and heartfelt (if immature) look at grief and individuality. 4/5

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EljayJohnson
Jul 20, 2019

Green is one of my daughter's favorite YA authors so I tried this, his first. He's a gifted writer who creates characters both believable and intelligent - no dumbing down his teen protagonists. This was about a group of friends in a prep boarding school; they could have been the cast of characters from The Art of Fielding in their teenage years. The plot took a left turn halfway through (no spoilers here) and while I admired the writing until the end, some energy and life left the story for me in the second half. Green doesn't hesitate to address many big issues and he does so with compassion, wit and gorgeous writing. This is a spiritual and philosophical novel and I recommend it to readers who appreciate thoughtful and challenging young adult fiction.

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Ashleyperez_0
Apr 16, 2019

I like many others made the mistake of watching the movies before reading the books and as the old saying goes, the book is better than the movies. This time I turned it around and took it upon myself to read all of John Green's genius books. This books like the last three I've read have been, to put it simply amazing. The ending was not what I expected but like all his other books its unbelievably raw and realistic, it's not some fairy tail ending because this is real life and I love that about his books. All in all it was a great read. Beautiful as always.

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maroon_dog_273
Oct 16, 2015

maroon_dog_273 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 25

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Sep 21, 2015

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ambdizzle
Oct 14, 2019

I finally decided that people believed in an afterlife because they couldn’t bear not to.

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KeenaL
Aug 08, 2016

"'Y'all smoke to enjoy it. I smoke to die."'

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KeenaL
Aug 08, 2016

'"Francois Rabelais. He was a poet. And his last words were, 'I go to seek a Great Perhaps.' That's why I'm going. So I don't have to wait until I die to start seeking a Great Perhaps."'

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danaefell
Jul 11, 2016

"So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane."

Laura_X Feb 05, 2016

We need never be without hope because we can never be irreparably broken.

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ALEXKNIGHT3
Sep 21, 2015

"I go to seek a great perhaps." -Pudge (Miles)

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ALEXKNIGHT3
Sep 21, 2015

"If people were rain, I was a drizzle and she was a hurricane." - Pudge (Miles)

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staue
Sep 14, 2015

"For the love of God, shave your back!" - The Colonal

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tomadou1
Jul 20, 2015

So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.

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paytonm20
Jul 10, 2015

MAUI WOWIE!
-Alaska

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Herrick_Training
Feb 13, 2019

Coarse Language: Uses a lot of swears

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ALEXKNIGHT3
Sep 21, 2015

Other: There is some smoking and substance abuse throughout.

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ALEXKNIGHT3
Sep 21, 2015

Sexual Content: There are a couple scenes throughout the story that would be catorgized as innapropirate and sexual. There is one scene in particular that is not sutiable for people under the age of 14 at least. I read this when i was about 12 and it wasn't appropriate and I didn't quite understand what was happening.

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ALEXKNIGHT3
Sep 21, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The point of the story could be intense or frightening for some people.

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ALEXKNIGHT3
Sep 21, 2015

Coarse Language: There is quite a bit of cussing throughout as well.

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Nymeria23
Aug 12, 2014

Other: Repeated smoking and drinking of characters

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Catherine_Sui
Oct 22, 2013

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

EuSei Jul 09, 2013

Sexual Content: "Consensual" sex between minor children!

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mh_reads
Jun 12, 2013

Coarse Language: Lots of coarse words

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mh_reads
Jun 12, 2013

Sexual Content: This title contains sexual content

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A young boy looking for love making sure it never dies.

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paytonm20
Jul 10, 2015

Miles has just moved to a new boarding school where he meets Chip "The colonel", Takumi the hip hop enthusiast and the gorgeous Alaska. As Miles starts to fall for Alaska and pull pranks with her, something tragic happens that shakes Miles world.

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HannahBP
Jul 02, 2015

cool

A beautiful novel that is truly indescribable. It's filled with laughter, sadness but also hope. It opens your eyes to see more than what's on the outside. To not just look, but to really see.

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rock_on
Jun 29, 2013

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

_infuse_ Jun 05, 2012

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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