Looking for Alaska is John Green's first novel, published in March by Dutton Juvenile. John Green discussed at a book talk at Rivermont Collegiate on October 19, that he got the idea of Takumi's "fox hat" from a Filipino friend who. Looking for Alaska book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at h. It helps middle and high school students understand John Green's literary Based on this, Looking for Alaska sounds like a pretty great young adult book, right?.

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ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST-LOVED NOVELS IN THE PBS GREAT AMERICAN READ - The award-winning, genre-defining debut from John Green, the #1. Green was awarded the Michael L. Printz Award for Looking for Alaska. If you've read the book and are completely prepared for spoilers, visit the. John Green's The Fault in Our Stars was what won me over. He was different, fresh and knew how to put a new spin on books based on.

We look back to the most important moment in our history, and that becomes the dividing line between what we were and what we are now. So I wanted to reflect on the way we measure and think of time. And also, for the characters in Alaska, there is a moment that changes their lives forever, and that redefines their understanding of the world.

Chip i. It means listening. Listening is a very rare skill, and in these noisy times, it is more and more valuable. Did you have a teacher like Dr. I feel like I should reward your perseverance with a fuller answer. I had several teachers who inspired me the way Dr. Hyde inspires Miles. But as a character, he is based on three particular teachers.

In high school, I had a history teacher named Dr. And then in college, my religion professor Donald Rogan and my writing professor P. Kluge both had a lot of Dr. Hyde in them. I stole lines from all three teachers, but particularly from Rogan. Miles learns to take religion seriously. Did you? And, if so, do you still take it seriously? I did learn to take religion seriously, and in much the same way that Miles does: Donald Rogan was an excellent teacher.

He was obviously smarter than me, and he found religion interesting, so I came to find it interesting also. Religion concerns itself with the same existential questions that I find interesting and important. I think I probably prefer the study of religion to the practice of it, though. That said, I do consider myself religious now. In high school, I had a classmate who attended a Southern Baptist church, and he was a nice guy, but he would always ask me questions about religion that I felt invaded my privacy.

In many ways, it was a before-and-after moment in my own life. And who are some people whom you regard as geniuses? But I think there are mathematical and scientific geniuses, too.

I think that genius can come and go. Mark Twain wrote my favorite American novel, but he also wrote the awful Joan of Arc. Unless you are Shakespeare. Do you, now, as an adult? I was aware as a teenager of the fact that I might die, and it scared me a little. But I never felt like dying would affect my overall invincibility, if that makes sense. After the fight, which Ali won, Ali said that he thought at times that Frazier might kill him.

I would have been the first dead heavyweight champion of the world. I feel a little more fragile now. Were you ever tempted to censor yourself when you were writing the novel? It never even occurred to me that it might be a problem while I was writing it. I got nervous when the book came closer to publication, though. I have to give full credit to my editor, Julie Strauss-Gabel.

And are there ever any truly last words? But, she was still loveable. She didn't even glance at me. She just smiled toward the television and said, 'You never get me. That's the whole point. My fox hat. Some people say that the best years of our lives are when we are young, when we are teens, when we are in college When we are with friends But some stories finish before we even blink.

View all 47 comments. Aug 22, kat rated it really liked it. View all 8 comments. Jun 14, Madeline rated it it was amazing Shelves: He meets a girl, who is your typical Manic Pixie Dream Girl, except on crack.

Boy obsesses over Girl, Girl does not give much of a damn. Girl is impulsive and difficult to understand and shows many signs of being mentally unbalanced, but Boy does not care because she is hot. Story continues in this vein for a while, and then Girl does something that causes all hell to break loose, goes totally off the rails, and Boy is left to pick up the pieces and continue worshipping Girl, although not quite in the same way he did before.

Katherine I is mostly normal, although still a constant source of mystery and worship. Margot Roth Speigleman is Alaska Young on medication. And Alaska Young is Remember the mermaids? But the second you get close to them, they grab you and drag you under the water and drown you. Alaska Young is a mermaid. He falls, hard, for Alaska and bravely endures her ups and downs, and he suffers for it along with everyone else who was foolish enough to fall in love with her.

She stubbornly remains a mystery throughout the book, refusing to explain her actions or moods, and this continues to the moment when she drives off campus, drunk and raging, and ends up driving her car straight into a police car the siren was on, the lights flashing that was parked on the highway at an accident site.

She is killed instantly, and even after her death Miles and his friends continue to be consumed by her. The thing I love about John Green and the reason this gets five stars, despite my griping is the way he writes about emotions. I cannot stop thinking that she is dead, and I cannot stop thinking that she cannot possibly be dead. People do not just die. It is so cold today — literally freezing — and I imagine running to the creek and diving in headfirst, the creek so shallow that my hands scrape against the rocks, and my body slides into the cold water, the shock of the cold giving way to numbness, and I would stay there In all the Before sections, it just felt like the characters were stalling for time, waiting for that inevitable disaster to happen.

Once it does, I suddenly became completely invested in the book and decided that I needed to give it five stars. And if Alaska took her own life, that is the hope I wish I could have given her. Forgetting her mother, forgetting her friends and herself — those are awful things, but she did not need to fold into herself and self-destruct.

Those awful things are survivable, because we are as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be. We thinks that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail.

I think she did it on purpose. I think she meant to do it. Whilst dicking around on tumblr, I found a snippet of a poem by Warsan Shire and I had to post it at the end of this review, because I think it perfectly expresses what Alaska would say if she were allowed to tell this story in her own words, and it also illustrates what John Green fails to understand about his Manic Pixie Dream Girl obsession: View all 26 comments.

I first read this book in when I was 14 and it turned out to be the book that sparked my love for literature. I've always loved reading, but before that I only read for the sake of entertainment. Looking for Alaska was the first book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading, but that simultaneously and more importantly, made me think about greater issues in life for a long time after I had finished reading.

Now that I'm 21, I understand that while this remains to be a highly philosophical book, it's I first read this book in when I was 14 and it turned out to be the book that sparked my love for literature. Now that I'm 21, I understand that while this remains to be a highly philosophical book, it's not the "deepest" and most perfect book ever.

However, it still means the world to me and I'll always be thankful for John Green for writing it.

Looking for Alaska by John Green - review

Apr 26, Kristopher Jansma rated it liked it Shelves: I've been getting in touch with my inner Young Adult this week, in preparation for yet another final rewrite on my own YA book. This has, for the most part, amounted to listening to Death Cab for Cutie and reading Looking for Alaska - a book that I have been actively avoiding.

The story of this is long and somewhat personal, so feel free to skip this part if you just want to know if the book is good. I first heard of Looking for Alaska in my thesis workshop, when a girl very snidely told me I'd h I've been getting in touch with my inner Young Adult this week, in preparation for yet another final rewrite on my own YA book.

I first heard of Looking for Alaska in my thesis workshop, when a girl very snidely told me I'd have to take out part of my own book because it sounded very similar to this book she'd heard about on NPR, which had not even come yet out at that point. Stubbornly I refused to cut the section and even read it at my thesis reading and when Alaska finally did come out, I flipped through just enough of it to decide my book was way better and then abandoned it.

Sadly, Alaska has dogged me ever since. Agents and editors alike have told me that my book is too similar to it - which is apparently not a good thing - despite Alaska having won a number of awards and such.

Anyway, sour grapes aside, I decided that if the comparisons are inevitable, I might as well know what I'm being held up against. So what do the young adults of this world really want? Sex, apparently. And a stiff drink or twelve. Looking for Alaska is about normal, skinny Miles Halter, quickly nicknamed Pudge, who gets into Culver Creek Boarding School and leaves in search of something more interesting. His quirky personality trait is that he memorizes the famous last words of various historical figures - a party trick that he uses to successfully get in with his roommate, who goes by "the Colonel" and the smoky little sexpot down the hall, Alaska Young.

Wait, you might be saying, what's with all these funny nicknames? Well, Alaska turns out to be nearly the only name in the book that isn't a nickname - though we do find out that her parents decided to let her name herself at the age of 5.

Try as I might I can't recall a lot of excessive nicknaming in my youth. I suppose there were a few guys I knew who pretty much went by their last names, when there were too many Adams or Brians in the bunch. I had one friend who referred to himself as the Emperor Anyway, I digress.

All I will say is that the structure and the subject matter reminded me immensely of The Secret History by Donna Tartt which incidentally was my main inspiration as well But just as I felt that the second half of History sags, Alaska does too.

It's hard to talk about why without spoiling the twist, so I'll focus my energy on the Before section, which will give you the gist. As I said earlier, Pudge loves Famous Last Words, this is actually the facet that the snarky workshop girl told me was too close to my own book and I expected to hate this quirk - but in fact it grew on me.

The whole book grew on me - the romantic tension between him and Alaska is perfect, and there are an awful lot of incredibly poignant moments as Pudge grows accustomed to the school and it's strange rules and rhythms. Ultimately the book becomes a youthful meditation on life and death, which made me realize part of the joy of YA writing - just as in the Death Cab songs, the emotions can be laid much barer than in more serious literary works where things always seem to have to stay sort of ambiguous and sophisticated.

Teenagers are supposed to be a little melodramatic, and that's sort of the joy of it. Badly done, you get Gossip Girl style antics, a lot of who-cheated-on-whom-with-whomever-else.

But rightly done, you get something like the better parts of Looking for Alaska. So what's leftover? A lot of ridiculous stuff. The Colonel and Alaska are more or less perpetually drunk she buries wine bottles in the woods and there's a good deal of cigarette smoking going on as well - for which they are occasionally punished. Fellatio is simulated on a tube of toothpaste then performed in real life.

Alaska's big hunky boyfriend from another school comes by frequently and everyone talks racily about how much sex they seem to have and just how much Alaska loves it. Worse than anything, when the characters are good and drunk which is often they will break out in absurd, spontaneous, freestyle rapping. In between all the genuine, poignant moments of the book, are a million moments where they're all so jaded and edgy and wacky you almost wish you could reach in and smack all their heads together.

Maybe that's just me. A friend of mine who actually went to boarding school observed to me the other day that none of the boarding school books she's ever read including Alaska, which she did not like give any realistic idea of the sheer volume of WORK that needs to be done.

There's essentially no time leftover to get up to any trouble, she said.

At any rate, Culver seems to be a somewhat less romanticised boarding school than the Exeters and Andovers of the world. It's in Alabama for one thing. Most of the rich kids head home on the weekends leaving only our protagonists to get up to trouble. There's very little sense that any of them feel pressure to do well or accomplish anything extraordinary in life.

The overriding question of the book is how one can escape the constant sufferings of life - not suffering like having to work hard or being humiliated or anything - think more like a teenager - it is the suffering of unrequited love, parents that just don't get it, the fear of getting expelled for one's various illicit pleasures, the embarrassment of puking on a girl Ultimately the book hinges on a more deeply serious moment - the sort that makes this philosophical question really important for them, and puts their previous, childish problems in perspective.

However, as I said earlier, this moment comes halfway through, making the final half of the book one very tedious denouement. Ultimately, the good in this book will stick in my mind far more than the bad. The character's absurdities and the shaky structure are both quickly forgotten upon putting the book down. I'm genuinely glad that I read it, and not only because now I have a better idea of what to avoid with my own book. Alaska is a great character, when she's not a little bit over the top.

And maybe that's just what being a teenager is all about. View all 16 comments. I was recommended this by a good friend and I was really looking forward to it. I love the vlogbrothers videos and the first chapter really made me want to read it and find out more but it didn't live up to the expectation that the first few chapters set up.

My main problem with the book was the characters. It wasn't even that they were underdeveloped. Alaska and Miles just pissed me off. I let some of it slide by because I understand certain parts were intentional but Miles was just so whiny. I I was recommended this by a good friend and I was really looking forward to it. I couldn't handle it. By the time I got to the "After" section of the book I was going through the motions; counting pages, skipping whole paragraphs that seemed unimportant and screaming internally at my book.

The took so long to figure out the great mystery of the incident that is didn't seem plausible for a group of teenagers who are supposed to be smart. I have since read another John Green book and I truly loved it. His writing is excellent and it is so refreshing to see a YA novel with a male voice. I also rather liked that they actually did homework and went to classes. So, please, go and but another of his books and truly enjoy the author that is John Green.

View all 21 comments. Aug 22, emily rated it it was ok. The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive. John Green has established himself a very large fan base of readers, who are very fond of his work and writing.

Unfortunately, after reading a lot of his work, I can't say that I belong to that fanbase. Neither his characters nor writing nor plot make me swoon. Alright, that was a very formal way of saying that his books are not for me. Now, let's cut to the chase, shall we? Everybody loves to read a good, ol' raging review about a con The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive. Everybody loves to read a good, ol' raging review about a controversial book.

But I'll try to keep this one civil. I can understand why Green's books are so popular, even though I don't personally find them anything spectacular. First of all, I noticed a trend in some of his stories.

The leading main character is almost always bland and boring, take for example, Paper Towns or this book, Looking for Alaska. Now, I'm not being a bully here and saying that Green is the only one who follows this trope - but, it's just a little observation of mine.

You don't have to agree with me. Following that observation, have you realized that similarly in a few cases, the female is always portrayed as this 'mysterious, untouchable' goddess of some sort? The normal, grey-little-piece-of-paper bloke and the otherworldly queen. I get that when people, especially teenagers, fall in love, they idealize their crush, looking past all their imperfections This trope is overwhelmingly popular in YA.

Okay, now think about this. Imagine a bucket full of paper cards with plot twists, character traits, character interests, events, etc. Now, the way I see it, most of Green's books feel like these little cards have been pulled out at random, and the story was based upon them.

It's ridiculous, I know. But, that's just how I feel, okay? Now, let's get to the actual book. Looking for Alaska. If I could describe this book in a few random words, it would be: Apart from Chip.


I liked Chip. You rock, Chip. I highly appreciate that Green was trying to touch on some important matters. But, I don't think this book did them justice. Let's start. This book was entertaining to read, in the way that it's wasn't boring, even though it pretty much had no plot. I won't lie. You fly through it. I can't say that I didn't necessarily enjoy reading it - it was chaotic, and crazy and full of that 'teenage rebellion' jazz.

I felt very little towards any of the characters, especially Alaska. The amount of times her body was described is literally insane - like, Miles, get a grip, stop being fickle. I understand that he thought her personality was brilliant too and at that age, teenage hormones go on a raging rampage, but, enough is enough. Even towards the end, I couldn't bring myself to feel any sympathy for either of them.

At one point, sure, I felt a little bleak, but no tears were shed. The writing wasn't bad. It was very simple and bland, and full of vulgar language, but it wasn't something terrible. As usual, it had that 'philosophical' undertone - when young people try to sound all wise - which drives me crazy.

I'm not saying that teenagers are stupid, because as a teenager myself, I think that is the most inaccurate, insulting accusation one can make. But, there's a huge disparity between wisdom and intelligence. Okay, now, I'd like to touch on another matter. I'm not going to hide it. Teenagers smoke, and that's something that was and most likely always will be part of our society. That's okay. That's life. Lots of my friends smoke, and whilst it's not something that I want to take part in, as an athlete saying athlete, I don't mean I'm a professional, or anything , I under where its popularity comes from.

Really, I do. The characters in this book smoke.

Looking for Alaska

A lot. That's fine, because it makes the book seem realistic. Damn it, I'm fifteen and I know people my age and younger who smoke.

And, truthfully, that's not something society can magically eradicate. But, the way it was depicted in the book made me mad. Not whilst reading it. But looking back at it now If you have the opportunity to write a book aimed towards a younger audience, wouldn't you want to make a positive impact?

Teach them something. But, in this book, smoking was deemed in my opinion 'cool' and, honestly, that was something that infuriated me. The characters smoked so much, and nothing happened to them.

They were healthy, and didn't cough at all. No effects, whatsoever. Literally, as though smoking was a chill, harmless activity - not full of nicotine and tobacco. Smoking is life threatening.

Looking for Alaska by John Green - review

Why glorify it in a book? This whole theme should have been handled differently, in my opinion. It should have pushed people away from smoking. Writers can create magic through words. As the saying goes, words have the power to change minds. John Green has a huge amount of fans, spread all around the world, and he obviously must have a talent in writing.

If you happen to possess two of these things, why not use them to your advantage? Through a beautiful paragraph, people could feel at least feel some distaste towards smoking. It just should have had a better moral; a better message towards readers. A more constructive message, in my opinion. I understand that these teenagers want to experiment, want to try new things, but come on, there's boundaries that shouldn't be crossed. And, when an author touches upon life threatening, addictive substances, I think it would be only fair if he portrayed the action, as dangerous.

Overall, I didn't enjoy this book. Sadly, it just wasn't one for me. How did you find it? Jun 05, Jasmine rated it it was amazing Shelves: If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane. Throughout the book, extremely loud and incredibly close soundtrack came to my mind the whole time. The melody fits the story so well. I never thought Miles "Pudge" Halter's turning point in life would be like that.

Absolutely, totally, completely life-changing difference before and after. It's like, well, experiencing a heartbroken and mysterious loss at school. Ironically, he went to Alabama in search of his so-called "Great Perhaps" If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane. Ironically, he went to Alabama in search of his so-called "Great Perhaps" and that was the way he found out the way out of labyrinth of suffering.

It's a come-of-age book about life and death, mortality and immortality, faith and despair. Highly recommend to everyone since it's inevitable for us to face the miseries and important for us to learn how to deal with them. We'd failed, maybe, but some mysteries aren't meant to be solved. I'd like to share my thoughts for some of the intentionally vague and broad discussion questions below.

Do you like Alaska? Do you think it's important to like people you read about? My answer is yes and no. Yes, I like Alaska Young in the book because she was portrayed as a witty, humorous, sexy, but self-destructive and always felt screwed up everything in her life.

She was an interesting character for me, and I like that she changed Pudge entirely after they met.

On the contrary, no, I don't like her. She was capricious sometimes, and I didn't get her actually.

One minute she was still having fun when drinking heavily plus smoking to death , and within a blink of eye, she was freaked out and started blaming herself without clear reasons or maybe she did have a reason and just nobody knew why. She didn't leave me enough to discover her, but she left me enough to rediscover the Great Perhaps. Is forgiveness universal? Speaking of forgiveness, I'm not sure whether this is a coincidence or not.

Yesterday morning, I got a phone call from my friend and shocked enough to be informed of my best friend's death because of the failure after 20 days of his emergency treatment. I met him three years ago in a summer camp and later became good friends. Never did I expect that he was one of the victims in the dust explosion in that party. Even though in the instant moment I knew how badly he was injured, I had a bad feeling that there was a slim chance for his survival, I still held some hope for him because he was a strong guy I used to know.

As for me, I was too scared to visit him so I didn't have the chance to say goodbye. I don't even know his last words. Everything that comes together falls apart. Sometimes it's really hard to swallow the fact that my best friend is dead , like "Poof" and gone.

I have no way to fulfill my promise to him anymore but when I know that once the doctor took off his ECMO extracorporeal membrane oxygenation , he had let out his last breath and he'd no longer feel the excruciating pain, I was kind of relieved. I think he'll forgive me in the heaven as long as he knows what I'm thinking and how his friends are feeling for him.

So yes, forgiveness is universal, no matter the circumstances and it's possible for the dead to forgive the living, and vise versa. Tears in heaven by Eric Clapton is the song in memorial to him, and he'll be in our hearts forever. In my opinion, when we lose someone we love, or someone we happened to encounter with in the seemingly short life, all we can do instead of lamenting our losses is change the state of mind.

That's the best solution for us, I suppose. Just as the old saying goes, "Time will heal all wounds. View all 42 comments. Jul 31, Christy rated it really liked it. Looking for Alaska is my second John Green book. Even though it was very different than TFiOS, it was still emotional, moving and just quirky enough to make me smile and laugh.

Miles Halter's moves to Alabama to go to boarding school. This is his big adventure. A chance to make some friends, live a life bigger than the one he's been living in Florida.

On his first day there, he becomes friends with his roommate, my favorite and most memorable character, Chip aka the Colonel. He also meets a gir Looking for Alaska is my second John Green book.

He also meets a girl that enamors him. Alaska Young. What I can say is that John Green's characters are relatable and easy to love. There are so many great quotes and moments in this story. It's one I very much enjoyed listening to. Love, friendship, life, death, before, after, finding meaning in life and learning to forgive. That is what Looking for Alaska is all about.

View all 44 comments. No es una mala novela. Lo popular no siempre es malo. No es el tipo de novelas que suelo leer, pero quise darle una oportunidad a esta historia.

Fue una gran sorpresa. Lo negativo que tiene este libro son el final: Asimismo, sus formas de hablar y de comportarse son irreales y presuntuosas.

En suma, es buena obra, que recomiendo. Mar 18, Mariel rated it liked it Recommends it for: I'm emulating Miles here. Wait, I already talk like that! I disliked it enough to feel mean and want to give John Green another shot before writing him off forever as a potential book friend. It was super cheap in the closing local Borders.

I'm not that original about selecting books. What else are the late hours of the night for if not What was I doing reading John Green's Looking for Alaska when I famously coughs despised large parts of the author's An Abundance of Katherines?

What else are the late hours of the night for if not reading? I wasn't liking much the books I was plumbing through.

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Looking for Alaska is, if nothing else, readable. Not so much. Noooo, Mariel, don't! You'll end up having to read another Maberry book. I definitely do not want to read another Maberry book.

The John Green formula is this is first book? I'm too lazy to look it up is at play: Colin from 'Katherines' had his "eureka" moments modelled after geniuses in history. Miles favors last words of famous dead people. It was a bit too cutesy for me that he ALSO wanted a "great perhaps". Too much emulating, for me. A boy comes to life realizations after a series of events that bring together and then drive apart the young characters. The formula isn't needed for a hook to get into that.

I like looking into stories about lives because of last words. It didn't really have much to do with Miles's relationships with his friends, though.

I guess it was like the comic relief in a Disney film? It's there in case the parents are getting bored Colin got under my skin. It depressed me that the whole point was being better than everyone else. Miles and his friends are looking for distraction in each other. Solace, yeah, but mostly distraction. Making shit happen so they won't have to think about what they are really doing or not doing.

It IS a boarding school story. I've been coming across a few of these lately. Not that I blame them. I adore Clementine. What Clementine had, and Alaska didn't, is enough of a life outside Miles's perspective. Green didn't quite make it there. I appreciated the sentiments, though. It's like watching a funeral of someone you don't know, to me. It sucks that they are dead. I could probably make up a story to myself about what they were like.

I could pull it from abstract sources and get carried away with it. How much of it would be based on me? He's kinda generic teen boy. Maybe that's good for the teens who feel this kinda mutual solace in each other for experiencing those teen things. I don't remember feeling part of a larger group.

It was a long time ago, though. Nice sentiments though. Dreaming of the future to escape the present? Good one, Alaska. I remember thinking those same things about people being energy that just changes form when I was Miles's age.

That's the most religious I ever got. I'm sure I felt smart at the time. It was cool that Alaska said she smoked to die. Morrissey nod! Okay, if I'm being honest I did feel an extra dab of sympathy for Miles being a Floridian who moves to Alabama.

That was me, once. I'll probably not read another John Green book. I don't need the distraction of hijinks right now maybe some other night. It's hard enough going through life trying to patch together some feeling of humankind by wondering what other people go through. I take it on faith that this shit is hard. Now, what the hell was Alaska really thinking? Because I loved her when she didn't want to answer the whats, whens, whys, hows.

Me too. I'm glad that John Green wrote about people who cared about being people for something worth more than being better than other people. It wasn't a waste of time being around them even if I didn't get past the surface we're all in this together stuff. Sentiments are better than beat downs. John Green probably loves the film Real Genius. I always used it to embarass my dog. I have no business picking on this stuff Jul 11, Carrie rated it it was amazing Shelves: In Looking For Alaska, John Green tells the story of Miles, a smart, skinny teen who decides to go to the same boarding school his father attended in the hopes of finding a different life.

Once at boarding school, Miles quickly befriends his roommate, nicknamed The Colonel. The Colonel introduces him to the rest of his inner circ In Looking For Alaska, John Green tells the story of Miles, a smart, skinny teen who decides to go to the same boarding school his father attended in the hopes of finding a different life.

The Colonel introduces him to the rest of his inner circle: Takumi, a rap-loving Japanese boy, and Alaska, a smart, impulsive girl. The group study, plan pranks, blow off steam, and get into mischief together, all while Miles is falling in love with Alaska, who has a boyfriend. Could they have prevented what happened, and if so, can they forgive themselves? They try to find the answers to these questions while coming to terms with their loss, grief, guilt, and the need to keep on living.

John Green masterfully handles these big questions without making them heavy-handed. Young adult readers will find it captivating and thought-provoking, without feeling like they are being preached to, or being told that these are the only answers available. View all 7 comments. This review will be somewhat of a spoiler. You have been warned. It is exactly that.

One moment there was a person, full of life, and then the next moment that person ceases to exist. In Looking for Alaska there is a sudden, stupid death and I thought J This review will be somewhat of a spoiler.

In Looking for Alaska there is a sudden, stupid death and I thought John Green told that story perfectly. The reactions of the characters were spot on. Shock, horror, disbelief, anger all come first, mostly its disbelief.

In fact, so spot on that it took me right back to a time when this happened to me. It felt like John grabbed a hold of my shoulders and pushed me back in time twenty years. Shit like that will change a person.

I am not the same person I was before that moment, that girl is dead and gone. A big piece of me is missing……. But then again, it makes for a better book, having things happen. Overall, this is a very good book and I recommend it to everyone.

View all 12 comments. Looking for Alaska by John Green 3. Readers also enjoyed. Young Adult. About John Green. John Green. Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. In January , his most recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars , was met with wide critical acclaim, unprecedented in Green's career. The film rights for all his books, with the exception of Will Grayson Will Grayson , have been optioned to major Hollywood Studios.

In , John and his brother Hank were the hosts of a popular internet blog, " Brotherhood 2. They still keep a video blog, now called "The Vlog Brothers," which can be found on the Nerdfighters website, or a direct link here. Books by John Green. Trivia About Looking for Alaska. Quotes from Looking for Alaska. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail. Welcome back.

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Do you think Alaska's death was suicide or not?She screwed up in her past. I think that genius can come and go. For the first half at least, readers will be grinning all the way -- and in the end, they will be moved, maybe even to tears. John Green masterfully handles these big questions without making them heavy-handed.

They were healthy, and didn't cough at all. View all 16 comments. What professions do you suppose they might choose? LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

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