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2006 – Looking for Alaska, by John Green

April 7, 2009

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 (Franois 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, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . . After. Nothing is ever the same.

Post links to reviews of or your thoughts on this book in the comments.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. April 7, 2009 11:42 am

    Here’s my review:
    http://thebluestockings.com/2008/08/looking-for-alaska/
    5 out of 5 stars.

  2. April 8, 2009 1:55 pm

    My review of Looking for Alaska:

    http://blbooks.blogspot.com/2006/09/looking-for-alaskaliterally-and.html

  3. April 12, 2009 6:13 am

    Definitely a 5/5 for me too: Looking for Alaska

  4. April 13, 2009 10:23 pm

    I had a harder time with this one. I’ve copied and pasted my review here (from April 2008), since it’s mixed up with so many other things in my original post:

    I’ve fallen love with this author and his brother through their video blogs, and so I had to see what I thought about this book. And yes, I would have to agree that there is some very controversial stuff discussed in this book, and some pretty harsh language used. I think I won’t be recommending it to my daughter. Yet… at the same time, it is very touching and poignant (don’t you love that word!) and I loved the main character and wanted all the best for him.

    Quick story summary: it’s about this kid who is new at a pretty posh boarding school. He makes some interesting friends, one of them being a girl named Alaska. They pride themselves on being very smart, both in school work, and in tricking the headmaster guy with their sneaking in of banned substances, and in seeing who can pull off the best pranks every year. But this year, something goes wrong!

  5. agirlnamedsara permalink
    April 16, 2009 4:36 pm

    Read this for my adolescent literature class. I enjoyed it! http://yalitgoodbadugly.wordpress.com/2008/10/29/looking-for-alaska-john-green/

  6. May 5, 2009 1:09 pm

    One of my favorite reads last year. Here’s my review.

  7. May 11, 2009 1:47 pm

    Here’s my review.

    Got a literary grade of A.

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