Looking for Alaska


Green, John. Looking for Alaska. New York: Dutton Children’s books, 2005. Print.

Looking for Alaska

Written by : John Green

Reviewed by: Mariana Chavez

Recommended audience: High school

Looking for Alaska is a page turning book that will have readers in tears after finishing the last page. It’s a book that impacts the reader’s outlook on life and really  makes them stop to think about their surroundings. The basic plot of the story is a boy named Miles leaves home to go in search of a “great perhaps.” He is tired of being stuck in a small town in Florida and believes the world has more to offer him than what he has seen throughout his life. He packs up his stuff and moves to Alabama where he attends a boarding school named Culver creek high school. There he befriends the colonel, Takumi, and Alaska Young.

Miles quickly falls in love with Alaska because she is unlike any other girl he has ever met. She is reckless and wild while Miles is reserved and careful. Alaska shows Miles that there is a whole other world out there that he had never known about until he moved to Alabama. The story is filled with pranks and heart break the night that Alaska goes missing. The rest of the book I won’t mention but I definitely recommend this book. It is one of my favorites and I love the way John Green shows the troubles teenagers face in their everyday lives. It a really emotional book that will have the reader hooked from beginning to end.

Author’s Website:http://johngreenbooks.com/looking-for-alaska/

Publishers website:http://www.us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/publishers/yr/dutton.html

John Green talking about the book: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0pz5g5FP0g


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