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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (3 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007209258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007209255
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (932 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,797 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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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.

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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful By James Hulse on 10 Jun. 2014
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stacie @ Beautiful Bookish Butterflies on 13 Nov. 2014
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About 5 years ago an ex of mine recommended me this book. Long story short, I didn't read it while we were together or after. The first John Green book I had the pleasure of reading was The Fault in Our Stars, what a beautiful book. And while my laptop was down I read An Abundance of Katherines, which yet again was another beautiful book. This book has been on my to read list for a long time and I'm so thankful I've finally read it.

This book was perfect. From start to finish, I know I seem to say that about all his books (so far) but that's just how I feel. And I've been sitting here for an hour struggling to put how I felt about this book into terms. Not because it was a bad book but because I'm still in awe of it.

I love all the characters. They are such a bunch of lovable misfitsthat they become relatable. From Miles 'Pudge', the skinny shy boy who's obsessed with peoples last words to Chip "The Colonel" Martin (his roommate) a prankster who likes to memorize countries/capitals/states, Takumi a surprisingly gifted MC , Lara a Romanian immigrant who is also Pudges girlfriend for all of a day, and then there's Alaska Young. A wild, self-destructive, beautiful girl who Pudge instantly becomes infatuated with.

This books is set up in two different section. Before and after. In the before section Miles leaves his home and old school behind to attend a boarding school, one his father attended as a kid, and where he hopes to find his Great Perhaps. The school itself is set into a great dived too. The Weekday Warriors, rich kids who live in a well off area and go come on the weekends, hence the name. And the normal people, who are there on scholarship.
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107 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Megan Rae on 2 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 50 REVIEWER on 4 Feb. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
“Looking For Alaska” written by John Green is a novel about several young kids who get into many troubles while doing foolishness only because they are young, a story for teenagers that will appeal to adults as well.

The main character named Miles Halter is an ordinary guy who has unusual trait memorizing the famous last words of known people from the past. Miles will meet girl named Alaska Young who represents the perfect girl of his dreams and together they will embark on journey that starts at Culver Creek Boarding School.
While we follow a group of young people that besides Miles and Alaska include three additional characters named Colonel, Takumi and Lara we are going to pass through a great adventure, although the reader constantly has the feeling that everything is too perfect and that for main characters something bad is awaiting ahead...

For all those that connect term teenage novels with worldwide known famous teen series the good news is that “Looking For Alaska” is not usual teen melodrama; instead John Green tried for his story to be as close to real life and his characters like the kids around us are. Still he manages to create great romantic tension between two main characters while gradually novel is becoming a youthful contemplation on life and death.
Green his story divided into two parts - Before & After - though we will not disclose what separates the story in half so as not to reduce the pleasure of reading though in the end author presented a denouement to which some could complain about.
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