Looking for Alaska
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
Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .
After. Nothing is ever the same.
This right here, her acknowledgment, is the one thing in the whole book she
couldn't edit, and I think we can agree it suffered as a result. Third, that Donna
Brooks believed in this story from the beginning and did much to shape it. I'm also
indebted to Margaret Woollatt of Dutton, whose name contains too many
consonants but who is a really top-notch person. And thanks as well to the
talented Sarah Shumway, whose careful reading and astute comments were a
blessing to me. Fourth ...
So you're used to the heat.” “I wouldn't be used to this heat if I were from Hades,” I
'd joke. I'd make a good first impression. Oh, he's funny. That guy Miles is a riot.
That didn't happen, of course. Things never happened like I imagined them.
Bored, I went back inside, took off my shirt, lay down on the heat-soaked vinyl of
the lower bunk mattress, and closed my eyes. I'd never been born again with the
baptism and weeping and all that, but it couldn't feel much better than being born
Lying in bed and reading felt pleasantly familiar. I decided to heed what I'm sure
would have been my mother's advice and get a good night's sleep before my first
day of classes. French II started at 8:10, and figuring it couldn't take more than
eight minutes to put on some clothes and walk to the classrooms, I set my alarm
for 8:02. I took a shower, and then lay in bed waiting for sleep to save me from the
heat. Around 11:00, I realized that the tiny fan clipped to my bunk might make
“I couldn't just swim out,” I said softly, pulling on a pair of jean shorts beneath my
towel. “They duct-taped me. I couldn't even move, really.” “Wait. Wait,” he said,
and hopped out of his bunk, staring at me through the darkness. “They taped you
? How?” And I showed him: I stood like a mummy, with my feet together and my
hands at my sides, and showed him how they'd wrapped me up. And then I
plopped down onto the couch. “Christ! You could have drowned! They're just
supposed to ...
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You can definitely vicariously live out your wildest teenage dreams and fantasies with Miles, the 16-year-old narrator in Looking for Alaska, and also wrestle the hard truths of life. I loved the ... Read full review
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Wow. I started reading this book thinking it was actually another book that someone had told me about and I AM SO GLAD I MADE THAT MISTAKE! This book spoke to me in a way that a teen book has not done ... Read full review