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ISBN10: 0525475060
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Staff Pick

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.
Recommended by Suzy, Powell's Books at PDX

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"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.)

Review:

"Green's dialogue is crisp.... The language and sexual situations are aptly and realistically drawn, but sophisticated in nature." School Library Journal, starred review

Synopsis:

The book that inspired the hit film!

 

Sundance U.S. Dramatic Audience Award

Sundance Grand Jury Prize

 

This is the funniest book you’ll ever read about death.

 

It is a universally acknowledged truth that high school sucks. But on the first day of his senior year, Greg Gaines thinks he’s figured it out. The answer to the basic existential question: How is it possible to exist in a place that sucks so bad? His strategy: remain at the periphery at all times. Keep an insanely low profile. Make mediocre films with the one person who is even sort of his friend, Earl.

        This plan works for exactly eight hours. Then Greg’s mom forces him to become friends with a girl who has cancer. This brings about the destruction of Greg’s entire life.

Praise for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

STARRED REVIEW

“One need only look at the chapter titles (“Let’s Just Get This Embarrassing Chapter Out of the Way”) to know that this is one funny book.”

Booklist, starred review

STARRED REVIEW

“A frequently hysterical confessional...Debut novelist Andrews succeeds brilliantly in painting a portrait of a kid whose responses to emotional duress are entirely believable and sympathetic, however fiercely he professes his essential crappiness as a human being. Though this novel begs inevitable thematic comparisons to John Green's The Fault in Our Stars (2011), it stands on its own in inventiveness, humor and heart.”

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“It is sure to be popular with many boys, including reluctant readers, and will not require much selling on the part of the librarian.”

VOYA

"Mr. Andrews' often hilarious teen dialogue is utterly convincing, and his characters are compelling. Greg's random sense of humor, terrible self-esteem and general lack of self-awareness all ring true. Like many YA authors, Mr. Andrews blends humor and pathos with true skill, but he steers clear of tricky resolutions and overt life lessons, favoring incremental understanding and growth."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Awards:

Capitol Choices 2013 - Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens

Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) Choices 2013 list - Young Adult Fiction

YALSA 2013 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

YALSA 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults

YALSA 2014 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

 

Synopsis:

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.

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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joshua.brems, January 11, 2010 (view all comments by joshua.brems)
Having spent many of my early years dealing with heartache, I found this book to be incredibly moving and I really connected with many of Alaska's thoughts. This book has quite literally changed my outlook on life.

Green does an amazing job of embodying thoughts and emotions that we all struggle with at some point in our lives while coupling it with an enthralling plot worthy of endless praise. This book is OUTSTANDING. It is one of a select few "go-to" books that I simply must pick up and reread once in a while, and I will forever hold a special place in my heart.
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evanessense949, January 8, 2007 (view all comments by evanessense949)
I think that this book is great!
As a teen i can really relate to the most obvious problems in this book and the not-so obvious problems.
its a fantastic way to look at the world by another persons prespective.
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MADDI--x, August 4, 2006 (view all comments by MADDI--x)
A great book, that leaves you wanting more
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780525475064
Author:
Green, John
Publisher:
Dutton Books
Author:
Mackler, Carolyn
Author:
Richmond, Peter
Author:
Axelrod, Kate
Author:
Asher, Jay
Author:
Andrews, Jesse
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - Death & Dying
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Social Situations - Dating & Sex
Subject:
School & Education
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Social Issues - Death & Dying
Subject:
Social Issues - Dating & Sex
Subject:
Situations / Dating & Sex
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Situations / Adolescence
Subject:
Situations / Death & Dying
Subject:
Football
Subject:
Situations / Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Edition Description:
Hardcover w/Dust Jacket
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
None
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1 in
Age Level:
13-17

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Product details 304 pages Dutton Books - English 9780525475064 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

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.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.)
"Review" by , "Green's dialogue is crisp.... The language and sexual situations are aptly and realistically drawn, but sophisticated in nature."
"Synopsis" by ,
The book that inspired the hit film!

 

Sundance U.S. Dramatic Audience Award

Sundance Grand Jury Prize

 

This is the funniest book you’ll ever read about death.

 

It is a universally acknowledged truth that high school sucks. But on the first day of his senior year, Greg Gaines thinks he’s figured it out. The answer to the basic existential question: How is it possible to exist in a place that sucks so bad? His strategy: remain at the periphery at all times. Keep an insanely low profile. Make mediocre films with the one person who is even sort of his friend, Earl.

        This plan works for exactly eight hours. Then Greg’s mom forces him to become friends with a girl who has cancer. This brings about the destruction of Greg’s entire life.

Praise for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

STARRED REVIEW

“One need only look at the chapter titles (“Let’s Just Get This Embarrassing Chapter Out of the Way”) to know that this is one funny book.”

Booklist, starred review

STARRED REVIEW

“A frequently hysterical confessional...Debut novelist Andrews succeeds brilliantly in painting a portrait of a kid whose responses to emotional duress are entirely believable and sympathetic, however fiercely he professes his essential crappiness as a human being. Though this novel begs inevitable thematic comparisons to John Green's The Fault in Our Stars (2011), it stands on its own in inventiveness, humor and heart.”

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“It is sure to be popular with many boys, including reluctant readers, and will not require much selling on the part of the librarian.”

VOYA

"Mr. Andrews' often hilarious teen dialogue is utterly convincing, and his characters are compelling. Greg's random sense of humor, terrible self-esteem and general lack of self-awareness all ring true. Like many YA authors, Mr. Andrews blends humor and pathos with true skill, but he steers clear of tricky resolutions and overt life lessons, favoring incremental understanding and growth."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Awards:

Capitol Choices 2013 - Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens

Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) Choices 2013 list - Young Adult Fiction

YALSA 2013 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

YALSA 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults

YALSA 2014 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

 

"Synopsis" by ,
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.

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