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Looking For Alaska Paperback – 28 Feb 2013
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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
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The unmissable first novel from bestselling and award-winning author of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS.
'Looking for Alaska' brilliantly captures the exquisite painful joy of living and loving. Poignant, funny, heartbreaking and compelling, this novel will stay with you forever.
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EDIT, Jan 2017: I recently purchased the 10th Anniversary edition as a gift for myself, and I cannot recommend it enough. The additional notes from John in the back of the book are amazingly insightful, and a wonderful edition for anyone who feels attached to the book.
This short novel, about a group of teenagers at boarding school, is divided into two halves; the first, measured in days before a pivotal event (no details to avoid spoilers), and the second in the days following it. The group are very much into practical jokes, which feature prominently in the plot (and are pretty far-fetched, especially the-near drowning of one character). The story is told in the first person by Miles (aka "Pudge"), who like some of his colleagues is obsessed with the beautiful and enigmatic girl Alaska of the title. What happens to Alaska is central to the plot.
I found this novel slow-moving and unconvincing, and while it is well-written, it didn't hold my attention. The behaviour of the students seemed unlikely, and the plot thin. I believe the book was aimed at teens upwards, but I'm afraid I wouldn't really recommend it to anyone.
I have purposely not mentioned anything that happens in the book, for I would not want to ruin it for anyone looking to read it. As a rule I only read a book once, never more. However, this one will keep a special place on my bookshelf and I will reach for it time and time again.
I’ll say no more, but whatever you do - buy it right now and read it!
I don't want to say too much about the actual story, as I don't wish to commit the spoiler sin. Suffice to say, this is not a love story. But it is definitely a life story. A book that will appeal to teens and adults alike. A book to make you think. The plot, pacing and character development were excellently done. With one exception ... with regards to a certain funeral ... and a certain character not attending ... it's like--why? There would be no good reason for said person not to go. There, hope I've said enough without spoiling. There are some minor typos and such, but not enough to complain about. I give 'Looking for Alaska' a strong 4 out of 5 stars, and will be buying more of John Green's books
Alaska is the impitimy of the ubah cool but messed up teenage girl who everybody loves but is always getting herself into trouble. While Chip is the chilled intellectual boy who was raised in a Trailor Park by his mum and has got the nickname of the colonel because of his ability to plan pranks with military precision.
I would and will recommend this book to friends and family. I bought the book as an ebook.