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Looking for Alaska: A Novelby John Green
For his junior year, Miles makes the bold decision to transfer to Culver Creek boarding school. This leap of faith opens opportunities for new journeys in friendship, romance, personal philosophy, and mischief. Green's pitch-perfect narrative explores the unknown — and the unknowable — in a thoughtful, profound, and moving manner. An intelligent, intense coming-of-age story from a talented new author.
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Miles "Pudge" Halter is abandoning his safe-okay, boring-life. Fascinated by the last words of famous people, Pudge leaves for boarding school to seek what a dying Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps."
Pudge becomes encircled by friends whose lives are everything but safe and boring. Their nucleus is razor-sharp, sexy, and self-destructive Alaska, who has perfected the arts of pranking and evading school rules. Pudge falls impossibly in love. When tragedy strikes the close-knit group, it is only in coming face-to-face with death that Pudge discovers the value of living and loving unconditionally.
"This ambitious first novel introduces 16-year-old Miles Halter, whose hobby is memorizing famous people's last words. When he chucks his boring existence in Florida to begin this chronicle of his first year at an Alabama boarding school, he recalls the poet Rabelais on his deathbed who said, 'I go to seek a Great Perhaps.' Miles's roommate, the 'Colonel,' has an interest in drinking and elaborate pranks — pursuits shared by his best friend, Alaska, a bookworm who is also 'the hottest girl in all of human history.' Alaska has a boyfriend at Vanderbilt, but Miles falls in love with her anyway. Other than her occasional hollow, feminist diatribes, Alaska is mostly male fantasy — a curvy babe who loves sex and can drink guys under the table. Readers may pick up on clues that she is also doomed. Green replaces conventional chapter headings with a foreboding countdown — 'ninety-eight days before,' 'fifty days before' — and Alaska foreshadows her own death twice ('I may die young,' she says, 'but at least I'll die smart'). After Alaska drives drunk and plows into a police car, Miles and the Colonel puzzle over whether or not she killed herself. Theological questions from their religion class add some introspective gloss. But 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. Readers will only hope that this is not the last word from this promising new author. Ages 14-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Green's dialogue is crisp.... The language and sexual situations are aptly and realistically drawn, but sophisticated in nature." School Library Journal, starred review
Discover #1 New York Times bestselling author John Green from the beginning with four critically acclaimed, award-winning modern classics, including Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, and The Fault in Our Stars, now a major motion picture.
This complete collection includes paperback editions of John Greens award-winning books in a stunning case. The perfect introduction to John Green or addition to any fans collection.
To commemorate 10 years in print, John Greens Printz Awardwinning debut novel has been reissued in hardcover with a stunning new jacket by Rodrigo Corral and 50 pages of all-new exclusive content, including:
- An introduction by John Green
- Extensive Q&A: John Green answers readers most frequently asked questions
- Deleted scenes from the original manuscript
Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award
A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
A New York Times Bestseller
A USA Today Bestseller
Top Ten, NPRs 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels
Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words—and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called The Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young, who will pull Miles inter her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.
Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. A modern classic, this stunning debut marked #1 bestselling author John Greens arrival as a groundbreaking new voice in contemporary fiction.
About the Author
John Green attended a boarding school in Alabama not unlike Alaska's Culver Creek. After graduating from college in 2000, he worked as a chaplain at a children's hospital. His experiences with patients and their families during intense crises solidified his desire to write for teens and inspired him to bring his comic sensibility to a candid novel about the excitement of breaking the rules and the challenge of confronting loss. John now writes for several national magazines, both print and Web-based. He is also a commentator for National Public Radio's afternoon newsmagazine, All Things Considered, and Chicago's NPR affiliate, WBEZ. This is his first novel.
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