Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Length: 221 pages
Audiobook Length: 6 hours and 40 minutes
First Published: 2005
Unpopular at his current school, Miles Halter is ready for adventure when he attends a private boarding school in Alabama. Immediately Miles is nicknamed Pudge and falls head over heels for Alaska Young, a gorgeous, sexy prankster whose reckless behavior changes all their lives forever.
To be honest, I spent the entire first half of Looking for Alaska rolling my eyes at Green’s unrealistic fantasy version of the “cool girl,” who feels more of a stereotype than a reality. (Which Green then went on to replicate in Paper Towns and An Abundance of Katherines.) Although I hated how Green glorifies teen smoking, the twist at the mid-point at least steered the book toward a thoughtful discussion of the consequences of recklessness.
First drink. First prank. First friend. First love.
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 François Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young, who will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.
Quotes from Looking for Alaska
The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.
You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.
Sometimes you lose a battle. But mischief always wins the war
Things never happened the way I imagined them.
TV Trailer for Looking for Alaska (2019)
About John Green
John Green is the bestselling author of several young adult novels, including The Fault in Our Stars, Turtles All the Way Down, Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, and An Abundance of Katherines. John and his brother Hank run the YouTube channel Crash Course. He currently lives in Indianapolis with his family. Visit the author’s website →