Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alaska

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, se...


Details Looking for Alaska

TitleLooking for Alaska
ISBN9780142402511
Author
Release DateDec 28th, 2006
PublisherSpeak
LanguageEnglish
GenreYoung Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Rating

Reviews Looking for Alaska

  • Cristina
    2010-04-01
    I didn't like this book. This is not what I expected to be. I hoped to find a book in the style of Stargirl (or something novel) and what did I find? A bunch of teens who try to ease their anxieties in their not-so-original vices and a sudden drama which leads to nonsense talking. All hiding, of course, in a couple of beautiful quotes that wrap all the 'inspiring-sites' on the internet, the reason I got to the book and I bet that you too.Boring, ...
  • Patrick
    2014-03-30
    My assistant Amanda has been a John Green fan for ages, which is one of the reasons I decided to start giving his stuff a read. I decided to start here because it was one of his first books. After I finished this book, I went to her and asked, "Are all of John Green's books going to leave me feeling like I've had a hole kicked straight through my guts?""Not all of them," she said. "But yeah. Some." I thought about this for a while, then asked her...
  • karen
    2010-09-11
    some people are careless, and in an adrenaline-fueled all-caps teen reviewing frenzy, will inadvertently give a major spoiler for this book.avoid these people, even though ordinarily, they are pretty cool.this is a really well-written teen fiction book. i mean, it won the printz award, i'm not discovering america here. i think i wanted to emphasize that it definitely reads like a book intended for a teen audience. and i think that me as a teen wo...
  • Clair
    2012-07-25
    I did not cry.But, John Green still managed to hit me where it really hurt.And it was awesome.
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    2015-07-22
    That's me, realizing I was about to give a big one star to a super popular book on Goodreads. It didn't stop me. This book was beyond stupid.Miles is a little nerd boy from Florida, he is going away to boarding school hoping for a new life or maybe his "Great Perhaps". The Great Perhaps comes from a minute reference to some poet. Thrown in to this book to make it all edgy and shit. Fail. Once he gets there his roommate (the requisite character th...
  • Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker Queen of the Undead
    2012-02-29
    Update- 4/12/14This review/rant receives more comments than any other book review I have. I decided to reply to a few of the comments in my review because the people that don't like my review/rant don't like it for pretty much the same reasons. First, please note there are spoilers. However, the spoilers aren't really spoilers since it doesn't affect your enjoyment or lack of enjoyment if you know the big secret. Nevertheless, a helpful few have ...
  • Todd
    2010-03-08
    Wow. I must've skipped a bunch of pages or read the Hebrew translation or was having root canal or something because that was one terrible book. All those awards-- WHAT??? Such a clumsy story— every move of the author was heavy-handed and so transparent I felt like I was a fly on John Green's ceiling watching him go "Oh that's good-- oh that's just precious" and fall asleep in his soup again. Miles—I mean "Pudge,"as he is deemed within minute...
  • Megs ♥
    2011-06-28
    This was the first book I ever read by John Green. It was given to me in 2007 when I had no idea who John Green was. I wish this book had been around when I was a teen. I really enjoyed the story, but I think I would have liked it even more if I wasn't already past that point in my life. Even still, I loved this book.Miles is in search for the great perhaps, and has a fascination with famous last words. He meets Alaska Young who is basically the ...
  • Sarah ❤
    2013-01-17
    I'm going to explain my emotions about this book in a billion of gifs because I love this book too much to put into words
  • Kat (Lost in Neverland)
    2012-11-04
    First time hearing about this book;Friend online gushes on how amazing and fantabulous this book is. Me: Okay, I'll check it out. Plus it's cool since I was born in Alaska. The book is about Alaska right?Friend: *laughs*Me: O__o It's not about Alaska?Friend: *still laughing*Me: IT'S NOT ABOUT ALASKA?The End. True Story.
  • K.D. Absolutely
    2011-05-12
    I belong to the generation that enjoyed St. Elmo’s Fire, a 1985 American coming-of-age film that starred the then showbiz newbies, Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andre McCarthy and Demi Moore. That was shown here in the Philippines when I was in my first year of working after college and I was able to relate to many of its characters so I watched it twice or thrice. Oh well, I was with my girlfriend then and you know how dark and cold were the theat...
  • Darth J
    2015-07-01
    I had been putting off reviewing this book for a while. It also took me much longer to read than I thought it would. Having read An Abundance of Katherines and Paper Towns first, I can say that Green seems to repeat a lot of the same themes and personalities. This may have been his first book, but it was probably my least favorite of the ones I've already read. (And no, I will not read The Fault in Our Stars for reasons.)The one thing I did like ...
  • Kai
    2016-10-17
    “We need never be hopeless because we can never be irreperably broken.”Again, I know, I'm late. This book is incredibly popular, and it's been waiting patiently in my bookshelf for at least two years now. I've read Paper Towns (which was boring af) and The Fault In Our Stars (which is one of my favourite books). Looking for Alaska was something in between.Characters:Miles, the main character, is as interesting and charming as toast. So are hi...
  • Fabian
    2015-08-02
    Here's me acknowledging the power of John Green. Hats off!No, this one is not as bittersweet as "The Fault in Our Stars", but still, this is unputdownable supreme! Its the type of literature that gets one excited about reading, about reminiscing about adolescence and school. Because everyone has had a childhood, a first love, a stage of rebellion, this type of book strikes inner chords & you swiftly become infected with the virus of nostalgia. To...
  • Kristalia
    2013-01-13
    Final rating: 4.5/5 stars "Teenagers think they are invincible" with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don't know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are." Loved it! I couldn't put it down - just like i expected. John Green is seriously talented, and even though i don't like this book as much as i love his "The Fault in Our Stars", it was...
  • Lotte
    2014-02-18
    I first read this book in 2008 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 th...
  • Madeline
    2010-06-14
    One day I’m going to put together an anthology of John Green’s three novels, and it will be titled “Hot Bipolar Girls and the Boys Who Worship Them.” This is the third John Green book I’ve read so far, and the patterns are starting to appear. (Less so with An Abundance of Katherines, I must admit, but most of the elements are still there so I’m counting it) In every book (An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska) ou...
  • Kristopher Jansma
    2008-04-26
    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 thesi...
  • Emma
    2012-09-12
    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 par...
  • Christy
    2012-07-31
    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 cha...
  • Jasmine
    2015-06-05
    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 Al...
  • Mariel
    2011-03-18
    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? (I'm emulating Miles here. Wait, I already talk like that!) 1. 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. 2. It was super cheap in the closing local Borders. 3. I'm not that original about selecting books. 4. Wha...
  • Carrie
    2007-07-11
    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 reader gets a glimpse of what Miles’ home life is like at the beginning of the novel when his mother throws a going-away party for him, and only two people show up. Once at boarding school, Miles quickly befriends his roommate, nicknamed The Colonel. The ...
  • Stephanie
    2010-06-10
    This review will be somewhat of a spoiler. Don’t read it unless you’ve read the book or don’t want to. You have been warned.“Poof……….and you’re gone.”This was a line in the book that described death, sudden death in particular. It’s sounds just about right to me. It is exactly that. One moment there was a person, full of life, and then the next moment that person ceases to exist. It’s a difficult thing to wrap your head arou...
  • Franco Santos
    2015-07-11
    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. No le tenía muy buenas expectativas, sin embargo me encontré con una escritura madura, un relato correctamente hilvanado y una trama que abordaba un tema muy delicado como es la muerte. Lo negativo que tiene este libro son el final: muy predecible y absurdo, y los personajes: no m...
  • Laz
    2013-11-16
    “When adults say, "Teenagers think they are invincible" with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don't know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think 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 tha...
  • Tatiana
    2009-04-27
    I love John Green. For me he is one of a very few male YA authors whose writing I really enjoy. His nerd-boy perspective on the world is fresh and interesting. For a change, it's nice to read how boys perceive girls instead of being stuck in boy-obsessed girls' minds portrayed in numerous female-POV YA books so popular these days."Looking For Alaska" is the second John Green's novel that I've read. This book is a Printz Award Winner, and rightful...
  • Liz* Fashionably Late
    2012-12-23
    Beautifully written, unexpectedly painful but in the end I guess just meh.It's my first John Green and okay, the man can write, I'll give you that. And probably I'll be alone on this one but I really can't believe a thing in this story. These kids made me feel stupid. Who talks like that? Are they normal? I was truly on board but ended up with a weird feeling, like fuck this, I'm not crying over unrealistic characters with unrealistic lives.