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Looking for Alaska by John Green
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** spoiler alert ** Michael L. Printz Award 2006 Winner
4Q, 4P, J/S, Ages 12+
Pudge sets off to boarding school in search of a “Great Perhaps.” He finds new friends and new experiences, but none as exciting as fellow classmate Alaska Young. Alaska is beautiful, exciting, moody and unpredictable. She also has a boyfriend, a fact that Pudge continuously regrets. Eventually, he finds a girlfriend (with Alaska’s help) and stays busy with studying and playing pranks on the rich kids and authority figures. However, everything changes when Alaska takes off from campus one night in a drunken fit of hysteria only to die in a car crash. Pudge is shocked and full of guilt at being one of the last people to see her alive and for letting her leave in such a state. The days that follow are filled with solving the mystery of Alaska’s decisions that final night of her life. Eventually, Pudge and his friends track down the reason for her abrupt departure but are never able to conclude whether it was an accident or suicide. John Green explores the meaning of life and death in this touching novel about love and loss. The cover art of a candle going out in the dark offers a quiet symbolism that readers will appreciate as words, in this case, are not enough. Rather than being preachy about teenagers and alcohol use, this novel presents a tragedy that is unique even as it is universal. The whole world will mourn the loss of Alaska Young.
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Finished Reading
January 31, 2014 – Shelved
January 31, 2014 – Shelved as: realistic
December 22, 2015 – Shelved as: good-movie-better-book
June 30, 2017 – Shelved as: books-becoming-movies-in-2017-2018

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