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Looking for Alaska

Green, John, 1977- (Paperback - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Looking for Alaska
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Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.
Authors: Green, John, 1977-
Statement of Responsibility: John Green
Title: Looking for Alaska
Publisher: New York : Speak, 2007, c2005
Characteristics: 221, 11 p. ; 21 cm.
Notes: Originally published: New York : Dutton Children's Books, 2005
Includes an excerpt of author's "An Abundance or Katherines."
Summary: Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.
Subject Headings: Boarding schools Fiction Schools Fiction Death Fiction Interpersonal relations Fiction
Topical Term: Boarding schools
Schools
Death
Interpersonal relations
ISBN: 0142402516
9780142402511
Branch Call Number: FIC G
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Looking For Alaska, written by John Green, follows the story of Miles Halter and his life as he begins attending a boarding school in search of what he calls “The Great Perhaps.” Along the way, Miles meets a wide variety of individuals, including Alaska, The Colonial, Takumi, and Lara, all of which shape him in life changing ways. The life style he is now exposed to is anything but safe, especially when disaster strikes. The before aspect of the novel describes carefree teenage life as they have always known it to be, the after aspect is what throws Miles and his new found friends not only towards “The Great Perhaps,” but also towards Alaska’s “Labyrinth of Suffering.”

The name “Looking For Alaska” describes what one does when one loses someone close to them. You attempt to search for every ounce of information to fully locate them and understand them. The characters, who are desperately “looking” learn just how destructive this can be. The act of “looking” for someone ultimately leads to one coming to terms with the situation and being able to let go of each other once and for all.

Once again, John Green has been able to leave readers with a wondrous story and a vast amount of knowledge about a subject many fear the most. The novel, while containing more explicit content including drinking and smoking, focuses more on the act of moving on. The characters have an unsolved question they truly want to be answered, but the real question is whether or not they will live without knowing and continue on. Truly a question we all must ask ourselves in a time of confusion and curiosity.

Jul 17, 2014
  • susienor rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

To say that John Green's language is beautiful, is quite surprising. Just check some of the quotes and you will realize this is definitely not a book for minors. That it is in areas of libraries that minors can reach is very shocking. With so many laws protecting minors--low speed zones around schools, abuse laws, etc--it is very strange that librarians are allowed to expose minors to this kind of filth. (If you censor this review, I will appeal to Bibliocommons to restore it. After all, "Intellectual Freedom" is not only for the ones who agree with librarians... or is it?!)

Jul 16, 2014
  • NinaP608 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love John Green.. even though he's like a 30 year old man he writes books in the eyes of a teen. This is a book that I will most likely reread because it was just that good.

Jul 14, 2014
  • Holly2001 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I think this book was amazing and I loved how there was a before and after section

Jul 11, 2014
  • ehuang0811 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

THIS IS SUCH A GOOD BOOK. John green used very graphic image to tell the story. So people younger than 13 should not read it. However the meaning in it is so valuable and moving. The way he told the story added a great contemporary feel to it. SO TOUCHING! PREPARE TO CRY...

Jul 08, 2014
  • VioletParade rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A novel by John Green, what do you expect. John Green is known for writing heart-wrenching love stories that are guaranteed to make you cry buckets and buckets until you can't cry anymore. This story is no exception. A story of a boy that goes to a boarding school and joins the "wrong crowd" as he states in the beginning of the story. In the story, he begins as an outsider, alone and obsessed with famous last words. He finishes the story an outsider, obsessed with famous last words, but less alone. He faces death, lust, love, jealousy, and guilt. He faces growing up, and all the troubles that come along for the ride. An interesting story that starts out a bit slow, but turns into a page turner. A read for older audiences due to the subject matter.

Jul 08, 2014
  • blue_cat_48432244 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Looking for Alaska has to be my favorite book. The book takes the reader through the eyes of a typical teenager which not all books do. I recommend this book.

Jul 07, 2014
  • julietteferrars rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Amazing book, amazing author.

Jul 01, 2014
  • Music_Hermione_Books rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Looking for Alaska is an amazing book that I loved reading. It takes the reader on a journey through the life of Alaska Young through the eyes of someone else.

Jun 28, 2014
  • Green_Penguin_47 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book really made me doubt myself, I was always on the edge. Yes it does include sexual content and curses every now and then, but this is still a wonderful book to read. It makes you think, and gives you new points of views, you may never have looked at. We all look for our own Alaska.

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Jul 11, 2014
  • ehuang0811 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

ehuang0811 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Jun 30, 2014
  • magkeller99 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

magkeller99 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Jun 28, 2014
  • lucypeterson rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

lucypeterson thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Jun 26, 2014
  • Elizabeth Neilson rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Elizabeth Neilson thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Jun 11, 2014
  • jboyland rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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belledog thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 17 and 30

May 31, 2014
  • rieder4 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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Apr 18, 2014
  • violet_ladybug_383 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 29, 2013
  • rock_on_4ever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Miles "Pudge" Halter goes to Culver Creek boarding school. He meets new friends and discovers life's meaning through his friend, Alaska Young.

Looking for Alaska is really about the great adventure of Miles in a prep school in Albama. Miles is your average kid, with grades, some friends, basically normal in most ways that a 16 year old can be! The thing is Miles, is known for memorizing the last words of famous people, and this search eventually leads him to search for his Great Perhaps, (his real adventure/meaning in life. After moving to the prep school, Miles meets Colonel, Takumi, and the unique Alaska Young! Miles' whole life is turned upside down through his many adventures with this crew.Between life of a pressured 16 year old, and just trying to discover how to "escape from this labyrinth of sufferring" Miles' has his hands full!

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Dec 31, 2013
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: "Consensual" sex between minor children!

Sexual Content: a little bit of kissing and one very detailed sex scene

Aug 16, 2013
  • bambi13 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains sexual content

Aug 16, 2013
  • bambi13 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Lots of coarse words

Feb 22, 2013
  • AliReads rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Consensual, wonderfully awkward and realistically portrayed sex and curiosity.

Jul 01, 2012
  • Mee2 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: There are descriptions of porno videos and even oral sex (among teens), which makes this book inappropriate for minors.

Jul 01, 2012
  • Mee2 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Lots of it, making this book inappropriate for minors.

Jul 28, 2011
  • Mysticara7 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Note: I would say that there is no graphic violence in this book, though there is some mischief and a bit of morbidity. There is mild sexual content. Also, if you care about the notices, you should watch the videos as well, because they are pretty much on the subject of the notices.

Jan 28, 2011
  • dracolikesfire rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Oral sex - brief, non-descript

Jan 28, 2011
  • dracolikesfire rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Jul 21, 2014
  • frinkerbell rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"I may die young, but at least i'll die smart."

Jul 14, 2014
  • Holly2001 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If people were rain, I'd be a drizzle and she a hurricane

Jul 09, 2014
  • SongsRemain rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"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, 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 that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail."

Dec 31, 2013
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

[Alaska and I] watched the movie. It opened with a woman standing on a bridge with her legs spread while a guy knelt in front of her, giving her oral sex. [The] woman crouched on her hands and knees while a guy knelt behind her."

Jul 09, 2013
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

[…] Lara randomly asked me, "Have you ever gotten a blow job?" […] "I've just never geeven one […]. I think I want to," she said, and we kissed a little, and then […] Lara unbuttoned my pants and pulled my boxers down a little and pulled out my p*nis. - - So we […] asked [her]. [Alaska] walked into the bathroom, returned with a tube of toothpaste, and showed us. In detail. […] Lara and I went back to her room, where she did exactly what Alaska told her to do, and I did exactly what Alaska said I would do […]. It was my first orgasm with a girl […]."

Jun 29, 2013
  • rock_on_4ever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"How will I ever get out of this Labyrinth!"

Jun 12, 2013
  • bambi13 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

"Maybe the only way to survive this labryrinth of suffering is to forgive" Pudge, "Looking for Alaska"

Jun 12, 2013
  • bambi13 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

"I go to seek a Great Perhaps"

Mar 01, 2013
  • book_worm_kitten rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Oh s*** did you just diss the feminine gender / I'll pummel your a** then stick you in a blender / you think I like Tori and Ani so I can't rhyme / but I got flow like Ghostbusters got slime / objectify women and it's f*****' on / you'll be dead and gone like ancient Babylon. --Alaska <3

"I go to seek a Great Perhaps."

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I am not a pornographer

John Green's response to aparental challenge against his book

Jun 25, 2014
  • miztasha rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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