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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  571,176 ratings  ·  36,468 reviews
Miles Halter a seize ans et n'a pas l'impression d'avoir vécu. Assoiffé d'expériences, il décide de quitter le petit cocon familial pour partir loin, en Alabama, au pensionnat de Culver Creek.

Ce sera le lieu de tous les possibles. Et de toutes les premières fois. C'est là aussi, qu'il rencontre Alaska. La troublante, l'insaisissable et insoumise, drôle, intelligente et fol
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Paperback, 364 pages
Published 2007 by Gallimard jeunesse (first published 2005)
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Sara I think it depends on your maturity. I'm fourteen and I felt very well reading this book, maybe because of my liberal education. But I've seen older…moreI think it depends on your maturity. I'm fourteen and I felt very well reading this book, maybe because of my liberal education. But I've seen older people telling that it felt uncomfortable to read it.
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Cristina
I didn't like this book.

This is not what I expected to be. I hoped to find a book in the style of Stargirl (or something novel) and what did I find? A bunch of teens who try to ease their anxieties in their not-so-original vices and a sudden drama which leads to nonsense talking. All hiding, of course, in a couple of beautiful quotes that wrap all the 'inspiring-sites' on the internet, the reason I got to the book and I bet that you too.

Boring, it was so so boring.

I didn't like the characters.
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Patrick
My assistant Amanda has been a John Green fan for ages, which is one of the reasons I decided to start giving his stuff a read.

I decided to start here because it was one of his first books.

After I finished this book, I went to her and asked, "Are all of John Green's books going to leave me feeling like I've had a hole kicked straight through my guts?"

"Not all of them," she said. "But yeah. Some."

I thought about this for a while, then asked her. "In Name of the Wind, when X happens, did it fee
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karen

some people are careless, and in an adrenaline-fueled all-caps teen reviewing frenzy, will inadvertently give a major spoiler for this book.

avoid these people, even though ordinarily, they are pretty cool.

this is a really well-written teen fiction book. i mean, it won the printz award, i'm not discovering america here. i think i wanted to emphasize that it definitely reads like a book intended for a teen audience. and i think that me as a teen would have numbered this among my very favorite book
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Vanessa
I did not cry.

But, John Green still managed to hit me where it really hurt.

And it was awesome.
Meg ♥
This was the first book I ever read by John Green. It was given to me in 2007 when I had no idea who John Green was. I wish this book had been around when I was a teen. I really enjoyed the story, but I think I would have liked it even more if I wasn't already past that point in my life. Even still, I loved this book.

Miles is in search for the great perhaps, and has a fascination with famous last words. He meets Alaska Young who is basically the girl of his dreams. Their journey together at boar
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Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Update- 4/12/14

This review/rant receives more comments than any other book review I have. I decided to reply to a few of the comments in my review because the people that don't like my review/rant don't like it for pretty much the same reasons. First, please note there are spoilers. However, the spoilers aren't really spoilers since it doesn't affect your enjoyment or lack of enjoyment if you know the big secret. Nevertheless, a helpful few have pointed out that I have spoilers and I didn't mark
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Todd
Wow. I must've skipped a bunch of pages or read the Hebrew translation or was having root canal or something because that was one terrible book. All those awards-- WHAT??? Such a clumsy story— every move of the author was heavy-handed and so transparent I felt like I was a fly on John Green's ceiling watching him go "Oh that's good-- oh that's just precious" and fall asleep in his soup again.
Miles—I mean "Pudge,"as he is deemed within minutes of his arrival at his School of Great Perhaps— may b
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K.D. Absolutely
Aug 04, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Aaron Vincent
Shelves: ya, borrowed
I belong to the generation that enjoyed St. Elmo’s Fire, a 1985 American coming-of-age film that starred the then showbiz newbies, Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andre McCarthy and Demi Moore. That was shown here in the Philippines when I was in my first year of working after college and I was able to relate to many of its characters so I watched it twice or thrice. Oh well, I was with my girlfriend then and you know how dark and cold were the theatres during those years when they were not yet inside ...more
Kristalia
Final rating: /

"Teenagers think they are invincible" with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don't know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are."


Loved it! I couldn't put it down - just like i expected. John Green is seriously talented, and even though i don't like this book as much as i love his "The Fault in Our Stars", it was still wonderful book.

I have to admit that i was on verge o
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Kat (Lost in Neverland)

First time hearing about this book;

Friend online gushes on how amazing and fantabulous this book is.

Me: Okay, I'll check it out. Plus it's cool since I was born in Alaska. The book is about Alaska right?

Friend: *laughs*

Me: O__o It's not about Alaska?

Friend: *still laughing*

Me: IT'S NOT ABOUT ALASKA?


The End.

True Story.
Sarah Angell ❤❤
I'm going to explain my emotions about this book in a billion of gifs because I love this book to much to put into words <3

So first I was like...

because Pudge was pretty cool.

Then we met the Colonel, and I did this

because the Colonel is awesome! and he got my approval.

Then we met Alaska and I go

because, who knows? She's really not that bad.

Then we really get to know her and I'm like



Then ALL this stuff happens and I don't know what to expect, because now we're at the After part, and I'm excit
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Raeleen Lemay
I already own this book but I just HAD to get this special edition because it's one of my babies.

it's also in desperate need of a re-read.
Tricia
Did not finish.

This book was just too much--too much smoking, drinking, sex, and foul language. As a teenager, I hated it then and I don't want to rehash it now. I didn't care about any of the characters except Miles and I hated how he just went along with everything thrown in his path without a second thought--the smoking, drinking, porn, etc.
Kristopher Jansma
I've been getting in touch with my inner Young Adult this week, in preparation for yet another final rewrite on my own YA book. This has, for the most part, amounted to listening to Death Cab for Cutie and reading Looking for Alaska - a book that I have been actively avoiding. The story of this is long and somewhat personal, so feel free to skip this part if you just want to know if the book is good.

I first heard of Looking for Alaska in my thesis workshop, when a girl very snidely told me I'd h
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Joel
You would've thought that after Alaska has a party with a bunch of fabulous monkeys there would be 100 pages of the main characters being shocked and disgusted. But John Green managed to make it interesting and made you want to keep reading on and on. I really liked this book... happy now?
Madeline
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Carrie
In Looking For Alaska, John Green tells the story of Miles, a smart, skinny teen who decides to go to the same boarding school his father attended in the hopes of finding a different life. The reader gets a glimpse of what Miles’ home life is like at the beginning of the novel when his mother throws a going-away party for him, and only two people show up. Once at boarding school, Miles quickly befriends his roommate, nicknamed The Colonel. The Colonel introduces him to the rest of his inner circ ...more
Mariel
Apr 05, 2011 Mariel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: workin' on leavin' the livin'
Recommended to Mariel by: exit does not exist
What was I doing reading John Green's Looking for Alaska when I famously (coughs) despised large parts of the author's An Abundance of Katherines? (I'm emulating Miles here. Wait, I already talk like that!) 1. I disliked it enough to feel mean and want to give John Green another shot before writing him off forever as a potential book friend. 2. It was super cheap in the closing local Borders. 3. I'm not that original about selecting books. 4. What else are the late hours of the night for if not ...more
Christy
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Looking for Alaska is my second John Green book. Even though it was very different than TFiOS, it was still emotional, moving and just quirky enough to make me smile and laugh.

Miles Halter's moves to Alabama to go to boarding school. This is his big adventure. A chance to make some friends, live a life bigger than the one he's been living in Florida. On his first day there, he becomes friends with his roommate, my favorite and most memorable character, Chip aka the Colonel. He also meets a gir
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Emma
I was recommended this by a good friend and I was really looking forward to it. I love the vlogbrothers videos and the first chapter really made me want to read it and find out more but it didn't live up to the expectation that the first few chapters set up.

My main problem with the book was the characters. It wasn't even that they were underdeveloped. Alaska and Miles just pissed me off. I let some of it slide by because I understand certain parts were intentional but Miles was just so whiny. I
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Stephanie
This review will be somewhat of a spoiler. Don’t read it unless you’ve read the book or don’t want to. You have been warned.


“Poof……….and you’re gone.”

This was a line in the book that described death, sudden death in particular. It’s sounds just about right to me. It is exactly that. One moment there was a person, full of life, and then the next moment that person ceases to exist. It’s a difficult thing to wrap your head around.

In Looking for Alaska there is a sudden, stupid death and I thought J
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Leslie
This is a decent book. I pretty much devoured it despite a big qualm. Perhaps it's sour grapes but why perpetuate the age-old idea that hot teen girls who are emotionally tore up = glittery/alluring? What about girls with tore-up physiques AND tore-up emotions? Oh, silly me. They’re repugnant.
Laz
Jan 28, 2015 Laz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, every one
“When adults say, "Teenagers think they are invincible" with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don't know how right they are. 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, and 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 cann
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♡ Gela Pineapplez ♡
Yips and Yays for all the symbolism in this book! Woohooo
Tatiana
Oct 04, 2009 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Tatiana by: Heather
Shelves: 2009, ya, ala-ya-2006, printz
I love John Green. For me he is one of a very few male YA authors whose writing I really enjoy. His nerd-boy perspective on the world is fresh and interesting. For a change, it's nice to read how boys perceive girls instead of being stuck in boy-obsessed girls' minds portrayed in numerous female-POV YA books so popular these days.

"Looking For Alaska" is the second John Green's novel that I've read. This book is a Printz Award Winner, and rightfully so. The story is funny and sad, profound and si
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Ariel
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Isamlq
I was looking through reviews of Looking for Alaska to see if I was the only one who thought it awesomely hilarious and touching. As well as to see exactly where to start my review: a quote perhaps? Nah. A synopsis was a given, but I just couldn't reduce Looking into a paragraph or two without oversimplifying it. Then I came across this, "Inane, juvenile story about teenagers going to private school in Alabama. Meandering, silly, vapid, pointless, etc.”

My reaction? Ouch. Ouch and ouch some mor
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Martha
I feel slightly unworthy of reviewing this book.
That is the feel I get whenever I read a book that is so phenomenal I couldn't even begin to describe it.

So...

Awkward...

I guess all I'll say is read it.
Read it.
Just do yourself a favour.
Sarah

“’I go to seek a great perhaps.’ That’s why I’m going. So I don’t have to wait until I die to start seeking a great perhaps.”




This was a slightly strange story about a boy who goes to boarding school, and it changes his life forever.

Miles/Pudge (awful nickname) was an okay character, and it was clear that he cared greatly about his friends, especially Alaska. I felt really sorry for him when he was nearly killed on his first day of school. Those kids who hazed him were so irresponsible!

“You co
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rachel
Before I head to book club tomorrow night to share my feelings about this book with a group of girls whose opinions of John Green range from indifferent to love, I’m going to try to explain here why I’m not a fan of the whole John Green thing -- Looking For Alaska being in one big way indistinguishable from the other two books of his that I’ve read and in another way, refreshingly different.

Whether or not you love John Green depends heavily, I think, on whether or not you like his main characte
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John Green's first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New
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“When adults say, "Teenagers think they are invincible" with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don't know how right they are. 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, and 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.” 12750 likes
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