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.
Green's debut YA novel follows a year in the life of high school junior Miles Halter, a friendless Floridian who begged his parents to enroll him in the Culver Creek boarding school. Miles dreams of starting anew at his elite Alabama prep school, of finding Francois Rabelais's "The Great Perhaps." At school, he falls in with a prankster of a roommate, the Colonel, and the sassy, sexy, messed-up Alaska Young. For an unforgettable 128 days, Miles learns life lessons in love, loyalty, friendship, literature, and poetry, as well as experiences the thrill of a first girlfriend. When tragedy strikes Culver Creek, Miles is forced to undertake an even closer examination of his own character and relationship with his friends.
This is an outstanding coming-of-age novel that has already proved to be a favorite teen read. It doesn't resort to a cop out of a "happily ever after" ending, but the characters each seek closure on their own terms. The characters are well-drawn, witty, and full of individual quirks and spunk. Green even manages to bring in the reality of cigarettes and alcohol without a preachy or over-glorifying tone. This novel has won the Teen's Top 10 award as well as the Printz Award, and Green is well on his way to YA superstardom. I'm looking forward to his next novel.
I've heard so many good things about this book and the author John Green that it fell a little short of my (admittedly high) expectations. Nevertheless, it's still a good read about love, life, death, and friendship. The emotional scenes were pretty evocative; I actually shed a few tears. At the very least, this book has pushed me to check out all of John Green's other works!
Looking for Alaska was a really moving, and emotional story as it is about a boy who gets stuck in boarding school and falls in love with a girl, named Alaska, who drinks excessively and smokes cigarettes. The story is pretty explicit but conveys a positive message nonetheless.
I was waiting for this for weeks, and when I finally got it I was so excited I wanted to read it right away. Actually, I got it on audiobook first, which I had to give back to my cousin. The audiobook reader was AMAZING, and perhaps I would have liked it better if I had kept reading it on audiobook.
Anyhow, it's a story about-a-guy-who-falls-in-love. Her name is Alaska. They drink a lot of wine. and rum. And milk. and combinations of that. Anyhow, then she -incredibly major spoiler- dies. In a car crash.
The author really doesn't pull it off well after that. Oooh, we can't start this assembly without Alaska here, gasp, gasp, she's dead. Oh, maybe she killed herself -- which gets the book another twenty pages or so, and then a nicely-written prank scene at the end, then it ends. Dun dun dun.
Not particularly well-written. Also, the Printz award usually gets marketed towards 12-15 year olds, and there's sex scenes in here. D'you /really/ want your twelve-year-old reading /that/?