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For ages 14 and up
The award-winning, genre-defining debut from #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars
Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award
Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
New York Times bestseller
Miles "Pudge" Halter is abandoning his safe-okay, boring-life. Fascinated by the last words of famous people, Pudge leaves for boarding school to seek what a dying Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps."
Pudge becomes encircled by friends whose lives are everything but safe and boring. Their nucleus is razor-sharp, sexy, and self-destructive Alaska, who has perfected the arts of pranking and evading school rules. Pudge falls impossibly in love. When tragedy strikes the close-knit group, it is only in coming face-to-face with death that Pudge discovers the value of living and loving unconditionally.
Looking for Alaska is the heartwarming and heartbreaking story of Miles Halter’s unique boarding school experience. Throughout the novel, Green’s hilarious and engaging style describes his life in a delightful and totally relatable way. The story opens as he leaves his mundane Florida life to seek a “Great Perhaps” by attending Culver Creek High. Upon his arrival, Miles meets his roommate, Chip “The Colonel” Martin. The Colonel introduces him to the “hottest girl in all of human history” - Alaska, whose moody, reckless, and exciting personality captures his heart. During Miles’ very first year at Culver Creek, he and this new clan - the Colonel, Alaska, and another friend named Takumi - embark on countless adventures. Together, the group of friends participate in some pleasant (and some unpleasant) encounters with other people, prank the principal, and secretly break school rules. Until one night, when a tragedy occurs, and none of their lives are ever the same again. - Emily