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Looking for Alaska [Library Binding]

John Green
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Book Description

18 April 2008

The unmissable first novel from bestselling and award-winning author of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS.

Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words – and tired of his safe, boring and rather lonely life at home. He leaves for boarding school filled with cautious optimism, to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska 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.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Library Binding: 221 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435249151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435249158
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (693 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Miles's narration is alive with sweet, self-deprecating humor, and his obvious struggle to tell the story truthfully adds to his believability.” School Library Journal

“What sings and soars in this gorgeously told tale is Green's mastery of language and the sweet, rough edges of Pudge's voice. Girls will cry and boys will find love, lust, loss and longing in Alaska's vanilla-and-cigarettes scent.” Kirkus

“This is an amazing first novel by a writer who is young enough to vividly remember his powerful years of high school and he expertly turns remembrance into story.” Children’s Literature

“The novel's chief appeal lies in Miles's well-articulated lust and his initial excitement about being on his own for the first time.” Publishers Weekly

“Debut novelist and NPR commentator Green perfectly captures the intensity of feeling and despair that defines adolescence in this hip, shocking, and emotionally charged work of fiction.”
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--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

John Green is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of several YA novels including THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. He has received numerous accolades including the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor and the Edgar Award. John is also one half of the Vlogbrothers; co-creator, with his brother, Hank, of the popular video blog Brotherhood 2.0, which has been watched more than 30 million times by Nerdfighter fans all over the globe (youtube.com/vlogbrothers).

Join John's 1.2 million followers on Twitter (@realjohngreen) or visit him online at johngreenbooks.com and fishingboatproceeds.tumblr.com. John lives with his wife and son in Indianapolis, Indiana.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good 10 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Very much recommended if you don't mind being the grown man on the train, alone, sobbing quietly in to his kindle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Looking For Alaska 2 Feb 2008
I was casually scanning the books in the Young Adult section at Borders, when a guy who worked there came up to me and reccomended this book. I was a little skeptical - he was about 25 and not really the kind I'd imagine reading books aimed at teens, but the way he talked about this book intrigued me entirely. So, as there wasn't anything else interesting me in the slightest, I though - what the hell? Plus, he said that if I didn't like it I could come back and he'd refund me.

I'm so unbelievably glad that I bought it. Green captures the way a teenagers mind works perfectly - and the way he portrayed Miles being hopelessly in love was perfect. Miles is a young boy who joins Culver Creek boarding school in Alabama and befriends Chip 'Colonel' Martin; a sarcastic, trailor-bred intellectual who teaches Miles the way things work.

Immediately, I was curious with the he set out the chapters; divided into two halves - before and after a defining moment in Mile's life. It wasn't soppy or unrealistic - it's a story about a normal boy falling in love with a girl who - in his eyes - is perfect. The main girl Alaska is an endearing character - the author makes you want to know more about her; she's the epitomy of 'cool', but her underlying story gives her more depth, and you realise that there's a lot more to her and that her smile is a mask for her past. Filled with drinking, pranks and cigarettes - Looking For Alaska gives an insight into what teenage life is all about, and the harrowing reality of how precious life is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One to read in one sitting-absolutely compelling 2 April 2007
I took this book out of the library on a whim one day and I really don't regret it! This book is about friendship and what makes people who they are. Reading this makes you understand that people have so many hidden layers which have been influenced by their past. This book looks at teenage relationships in a way that is remarkably true to life. Most people should be able to identify with the feelings and issues that it deals with. It is also the darker moments in this book that make it such a refreshing, if touching, read.

Looking for Alaska is one of the most well written books that I have read in a long while. One minute it can make you smile the next it can make you feel like crying. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good read 21 Sep 2013
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Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
my 13 year old grand daughter absolutely loved it we bought it after it was recommended by her friend- great
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4.0 out of 5 stars First friend, first girl, last words 20 Nov 2011
Okay, so I heard so much about this book and how it is so similar to "Paper Towns", and many reviewers even rated down "Paper Towns" because they felt like John Green wrote a novel based on the same storyline with minor differences.

Well, I am here to completely disagree.

For starters, yes, this is a book about teenagers and the riot of emotions that one goes through as a teenager, especially when you are living away from your family. And yes, John Green once again portrays those emotions incredibly well, and the depth in his novels - that are aimed at young adults - always astounds me and impresses me as these are novels that can be read by adults as well. However, do I think the storyline is similar? No, not at all.

Yes, Margo - from "Paper Towns" - and Alaska - from "Looking for Alaska" - have similar personality traits in that they are both rebellious, impulsive and independent girls who like to break the rules and break out of the norm. Yes, there's a teenage boy who is in love with these girls in both stories, and yes, there's the regular group of friends who are always hanging out together. But there, the similarities end. So many novels are based on those three main aspects.

I found "Looking for Alaska" to be a lot more serious than "Paper Towns", the theme of the story is so much deeper and so much more grim than any of Green's other novels. Green taps into teens who are self-destructive. He speaks of suicide, life, death - and more importantly - life AFTER death. How teenagers cope with all these emotions of loneliness, despair, depression, independence, rebellion, happiness, love, hate and so much more, and which path they choose to take.

"Looking for Alaska" is an important book for teenagers, but not necessarily a great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 15 May 2011
Being almost 20 i still really enjoyed this book in fact it is now one of my favourite books!! The characters are believable and loveable you can not help but engage with them but you also feel like they are your friends. It took me back to my days at boarding school and reminded me of all the best things about it. It is really heart wrenching but at times makes you laugh out loud. It was nice reading it from a boys perspective and it reminded me of catcher in the rye. A story about friendship love adventure and past secrets. loved it and would urge you to read it. The narrative is descriptive and easy and you really feel like you are in someones head and it is very easy to connect with pudge. Its not just some soppy love story, it has way more to it than that. If you are in your teens and up to 25 or went to boarding school and want to bring those rebeliious school days back this is for you. fab fab fab. You will not put it down.
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Enthralling, "how do we escape the labyrinth of suffering" thus quote spoke to me do much. Highly recommend for you to give it a try! It will be worth while!!
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I loved this story probably my favourite book yet. To be honest I think i prefer this book over 'The fault in out stars'
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