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Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter's whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the ...more
Paperback, 221 pages
Published December 28th 2006 by Speak (first published March 3rd 2005)
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Cristina
Jan 13, 2014 Cristina rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2010
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
Mar 30, 2014 Patrick rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 03, 2013 Vanessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves, reviewed, fiction
I did not cry.

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

And it was awesome.
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*


That's me, realizing I was about to give a big one star to a super popular book on Goodreads.

It didn't stop me. This book was beyond stupid.

Miles is a little nerd boy from Florida, he is going away to boarding school hoping for a new life or maybe his "Great Perhaps". The Great Perhaps comes from a minute reference to some poet. Thrown in to this book to make it all edgy and shit. Fail.



Once he gets there his roommate (the requisite character that is so poor but super smart) befriends him. The
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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
Apr 24, 2014 Todd rated it did not like it
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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Meg ♥
Feb 06, 2012 Meg ♥ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, favs
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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K.D. Absolutely
Aug 04, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  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
Sarah ❤
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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Kat (Lost in Neverland)
Mar 17, 2013 Kat (Lost in Neverland) rated it really liked it

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.
Darth J
Aug 27, 2015 Darth J rated it it was ok
Shelves: disappointing

I had been putting off reviewing this book for a while. It also took me much longer to read than I thought it would. Having read An Abundance of Katherines and Paper Towns first, I can say that Green seems to repeat a lot of the same themes and personalities. This may have been his first book, but it was probably my least favorite of the ones I've already read. (And no, I will not read The Fault in Our Stars for reasons.)

The one thing I did like about this book and saved it from being a 1 star w
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Kristalia
Final rating: 4.5/5 stars

"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 o
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Tricia
Feb 05, 2009 Tricia added it
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
Apr 26, 2008 Kristopher Jansma rated it liked it
Shelves: bookblog
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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Madeline
Apr 03, 2014 Madeline rated it it was amazing
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Emma
Apr 29, 2013 Emma rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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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✔Jasmine✔
If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.

Throughout the book, extremely loud and incredibly close soundtrack came to my mind the whole time. The melody fits the story so well.

I never thought Miles "Pudge" Halter's turning point in life would be like that. Absolutely, totally, completely life-changing difference before and after. It's like, well, experiencing a heartbroken and mysterious loss at school. Ironically, he went to Alabama in search of his so-called "Great Perhaps"
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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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Mariel
Apr 05, 2011 Mariel rated it liked it
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
Carrie
Feb 13, 2011 Carrie rated it it was amazing
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
Stephanie
Mar 24, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, 2012
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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Laz
Jan 28, 2015 Laz rated it it was amazing  ·  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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Franco  Santos
Jul 12, 2015 Franco Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No siempre lo popular es malo. No siempre lo sobrevalorado es simple.

No es el tipo de novelas que suelo leer, pero quise darle una oportunidad a esta historia. Fue una gran sorpresa. No le tenía muy buenas expectativas, sin embargo me encontré con una escritura madura, un relato correctamente hilvanado y una trama que abordaba un tema muy delicado como es la muerte.

Lo negativo que tiene este libro es el final: muy predecible, y los personajes: no me sentí identificado con ninguno; Green general
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Leslie
Apr 27, 2016 Leslie added it
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.
Tatiana
Oct 04, 2009 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  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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Gela & Pineapplez ♡
Mar 12, 2015 Gela & Pineapplez ♡ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: febuary, 2015
Yips and Yays for all the symbolism in this book! Woohooo
Ariel
Oct 16, 2011 Ariel rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Isamlq
Apr 11, 2013 Isamlq rated it really liked it
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.
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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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