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Looking for Alaska by John Green
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Feb 13, 11

bookshelves: young-adult, favorites, re-read
Read in January, 2006 — I own a copy, read count: 4

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 circle: Takumi, a rap-loving Japanese boy, and Alaska, a smart, impulsive girl. The group study, plan pranks, blow off steam, and get into mischief together, all while Miles is falling in love with Alaska, who has a boyfriend. The reader is aware that the students are on the path to something life-changing, as the chapters count down days, “Forty-Six Days Before,” “Three Days Before,” until arriving at “The Last Day” a little over half-way into the book. The chapters then begin to count up, “The Day After,” “Twenty Days After.” Miles and his friends are faced with many questions about just what happened. Could they have prevented what happened, and if so, can they forgive themselves? They try to find the answers to these questions while coming to terms with their loss, grief, guilt, and the need to keep on living.

John Green masterfully handles these big questions without making them heavy-handed. He also delves into philosophy through the students’ religions class. Miles often uses this class, and his favorite famous last words quotes, to try to find the answers to some of life’s big questions. Young adult readers will find it captivating and thought-provoking, without feeling like they are being preached to, or being told that these are the only answers available.
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Quotes Carrie Liked

John Green
“The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.”
John Green, Looking for Alaska

John Green
“Francois Rabelais. He was a poet. And his last words were "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.”
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“And in my classes, I will talk most of the time, and you will listen most of the time. Because you may be smart, but I've been smart longer.”
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John Green
“If drunk were cookies, I'd be Famous Amos”
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“I hated sports. I hated sports, and I hated people who played them, and I hated people who watched them, and I hated people who didn't hate people who watched or played them.”
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“Don't you know who you love, Pudge? You love the girl who makes you laugh and shows you porn and drinks wine with you. You don't love the crazy, sullen bitch.”
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John Green
“I found myself thinking about President William McKinley, the third American president to be assassinated. He lived for several days after he was shot, and towards the end, his wife started crying and screaming, "I want to go too! I want to go too!" And with his last measure of strength, McKinley turned to her and spoke his last words: "We are all going.”
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John Green
“When I look at my room, I see a girl who loves books.”
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John Green
“Have you really read all those books in your room?”

Alaska laughing- “Oh God no. I’ve maybe read a third of ‘em. But I’m going to read them all. I call it my Life’s Library. Every summer since I was little, I’ve gone to garage sales and bought all the books that looked interesting. So I always have something to read.”
John Green, Looking for Alaska

John Green
“Thomas Edison's last words were 'It's very beautiful over there'. I don't know where there is, but I believe it's somewhere, and I hope it's beautiful.”
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John Green
“I am going to take this bucket of water and pour it on the flames of hell, and then I am going to use this torch to burn down the gates of paradise so that people will not love God for want of heaven or fear of hell, but because He is God.”
John Green, Looking for Alaska


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message 1: by Becky (new) - added it

Becky Awesome review. I will defiantly read this book now. Thanks!


Alex Great summary!


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Carly Cox I wanna read this now!


Camila Meireles Loved your review!


message 5: by Katie (new) - added it

Katie Great! I wasnt sure I would like this book so I held off reading it. Reading what you said about it perked up my curiosity. Now I want to read it. Thank you so much.


Marcia I agree that readers will be very captivated by the book; it gives off a teenage vibe. The book also holds a certain mystery to it that you won’t figure out until the very day it happens. I also think the book is very thought provoking, it makes you think about the choices you make and what could happen when you make a bad one.


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