- Published: New York : Dutton Children's Books, 2005.
- Year Published: 2005
- Edition: 1st ed.
- Description: 221 p.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Lexile: 930
- 9780142402511 (softcover)
- 0525475060 :
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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.
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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 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/?
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