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I absolutely loved this book! I have been wanting to read it for about 6 months before I actually bought it and when I finally did I found it as such a great read. I really recommend for just about any young adult unless you have a problem with curse words then you should probably steer away form it. But if you can handle curse words then you should definitely go check it out! 

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This book is by far one of the best books I have read not only by John Green but out of all the books I have read. I recommend this book to everyone. It has a bunch of funny characters that keep the story going, making you not want to stop reading it. I do wish the book was longer and had more details about Alaska's history. 

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Had the book saved for months and didn't know what to do with it. It didn't really interest me at first. I didn't understand the cover at first, but reading the book things start to make more sense.
Miles's point of view is what defined the book. Most books have a girl's point of view of the story, so we don't get to feel the boy's feelings. I liked his obsession with people's last words, it made him unique compared to all the other characters. People say to stay away from bad influences, but John Green has made a point in understanding
why they are that was and it's not always bad (but it isn't exactly good). What I didn't like about Miles is that he gave aways and started doing what his friends always did. I would have accepted him sometimes smoking or drinking, it's normal, but he wasn't suppose to do it always. He never had a good reason to do it except being accepted.
My favorite character is definitely Alaska. Not because she was Mile's love, but because she was always unpredictable. She did everything that one would have thought that that was not her style. She stood up for women's rights and was against of sexism. Not like many girls, she didn't grow up in a happy family, she was somehow scared of going back. To the whole world she was another. Despite her smoking and drinking, she was always there for the people she cared of, after realizing an error she shouldn't have made. But sometimes she was just a b****. I accept this because sometimes it's what we tend to be without realizing (not all).
Part of the book I liked the most was the Best/Worst Day game during camping because I got to know more about the characters and how they came to the boarding school. Otherwise, the characters where to empty because they didn't have their own story and I couldn't understand their way of being. Worst part was the After part because Miles and Colonel (his roommate) felt guilty and Miles didn't want to know where it was all real or fake with Alaska.
I thought I had this book figured out, and like the summary said ... 'after: nothing is never the same'. I just wasn't ready for this. And when it finished, it was like 'POOF. And you're gone.'. I gave it 4/5 rating because I hated the ending. It was just not a good way to end it in an essay. Miles didn't really get past the whole situation. And nothing had a concrete ending. It sounded like a to be continued and there isn't going to be one. Otherwise the story was intriguing. I don't read stand alone novels quite often and it didn't dissapoint me. Recommended if you liked TFIOS by John Green and you all who would like to change a bit from normal reading.
 

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John Green has written The Fault in Our Stars, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, and Let it Snow along with Looking for Alaska. I choose to read the book Looking for Alaska because I had read a couple of paragraphs from this book before hand and thought it sounded very interesting. This book is mainly about finding the meaning of life and about making every day count because you don’t know when it could be your last.I loved this book very much. I think it has the perfect amount of teen love and the tiniest bit of action involved in it, it’s perfect. For me, it was a pretty easy read. I read it in the amount of two days and it didn’t take long in those two days at all. I would recommend this book for most teenagers. I think it could be good for a boy or girl. It is from a boys point of view so I think that could attract the male readers but it is a book about love so therefore it would be good for a female as well.  

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Aysha Mahmood
Mrs.Wilner
English 10
30 April 2014
Looking for Alaska, by John Green, The Penguin Group (USA) LLC, 375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014, 2005, 221 pages. Reviewed by Aysha Mahmood.
Looking For Alaska
“If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.”(88 Green). The author of this book who is John Green has written many novels such as The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, An abundance of Katherines, Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and many more. Green was also included in the top 100 of the most influential people in Time magazine. I had chosen this book because John Green is one of my favorite authors by far. I had been wanting to read this book for the longest time and now I had gotten the chance to read it. I had expected to learn about the life of Pudge at boarding school which he had chosen to go to at a late age. Pudge had wanted to seek a great perhaps which he quoted from Francis Rabelais last words “ I go to see a Great Perhaps.” His roommate named Chip Martin who is nicknamed “The Colonel” who had nicknamed Pudge. Pudges real name is Miles Halter. Pudge had been introduced to Alaska a girl that The Colonel had been close friends with. The Colonel and Alaska had always played pranks around the school. One night Alaska, The Colonel and Pudge had went off to celebrate their prank and Alaska had gotten so drunk that night. Alaska had drove home knowing she was intoxicated and it was the anniversary of her mothers death. She had died crashing into a police car. Pudge and The Colonel found out the next day. As a way to celebrate Alaskas life they pull the prank that she had came up with. I think the message of this story is there’s always more to life than what you think of it.
“Before I got here, I thought for a long time that the way out of the labyrinth was to pretend that it did not exist, to build a small, self-sufficient world in a back corner of the endless maze and to pretend that I was not lost, but home. But that only led to a lonely life accompanied only by the last words of the already-dead, so I came here looking for a Great Perhaps, for a real friends and a more-than-minor life.” (219 Green) This quote from the book explain the message or theme such as Pudge (Miles) could not make his life as what he wanted until he had met The Colonel and Alaska. He had found purpose to make something of himself when Alaska was alive and even after she passed away. But after she had passed soon after he realised the he had lost all hope. He felt that it was all his fault. He knew that everything would just slowly fall apart and slowly and eventually everything will be lost between him, The Colonel, Alaska and Takumi. Another quote from the book that supports the message “You can't just make yourself matter and then die, Alaska, because now I am irretrievably different, and I'm sorry I let you go, yes, but you made the choice. You left me Perhapsless, stuck in your goddamned labyrinth. And now I don't even know if you chose the straight and fast way out, if you left me like this on purpose. And so I never knew you, did I? I can't remember, because I never knew.” (172 Green) Pudge had felt that he had made Alaska feel purpose and when she had died all the purpose was just stupid and useless. Pudge wanted answers about why Alaska had left him there, alone, in the labyrinth alone. With no place to go. He was lost.
The authors attitude towards the characters is positive. He puts kind of both negative and positive vibes in the characters based on the events that happen. All the character in this story are all dynamic. Throughout the story the characters seem to grow by each others presence. The major theme in this book is to there is more than life than what you make of it. They are revealed and developed by Pudge helping Alaska to have purpose in life. The introduction and climax, etc. are handled very well. The transitions throughout the story are very well played out. The element of mystery
 

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best book ive read so far! The way John Green makes Alaska's character is -there is no word for this feeling- amazing. I fell in love with both main characters Alaska & Pudge <3

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Best book I've read in a long time absolutely loved it

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Before reading this book know who you are as a person. Have your own set morals and thinking abou the purpose of life. Because if you don't this book will do it for you.
Awesomely well done John Green

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I thought this book was AMAZING. It left me with tears because it was just written so beautifully

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