Looking for Alaska

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Looking for Alaska is an award-winning young-adult fiction novel by John Green published in 2005. This book follows the story of a boy named Pudge who's obsessed with famous last words and his quirky group of friends. 
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  • Danielle Carpenter
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is an absolutely great novel for young adults! John Green is such an amazing author. This book is very realistic and will keep you reading for more. "
    Emma Rivera
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I always been interested in Alaska. After I looked around I came across this one. It isn;t all about Alaska but John Green writes good books."
  • Carl Dixon
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "My little sister has been reading a lot of romance novels lately and I brought up to my mom that she should really monitor the material at least a little. I helped her find some clean contemporary romance books and Looking for Alaska was one of the first I gave her. My sister said that it was an OK book but she has read better books."
  • Ai Feng
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I read this a few years back and just picked it up again. At the time I wasn't too excited about it but reading it again now that I'm a little older I can really begin to relate to the characters in a way I wasn't able to before. I recommend picking this up if you like young-adult stories, it's really great."
  • Judith Daniels
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Miles Halter found his Great Perhaps and then some when he meets Alaska Young at a co-ed boarding school he enrolls at in Alabama. His claim to fame is memorizing famous peoples last words, which he quotes throughout the book. This is a coming of age novel about how Miles "Pudge" searches for himself and his place in the world, and what his beliefs are and how he comes to find the answer to some of life's most difficult questions that we all have to face. I've had this book on my Kindle for a long time but have been reluctant to read it because I was so disappointed by The Fault in our Stars. Luckily, this was nothing like that, far better and I wish I'd read Looking for Alaska before reading The Fault in our Stars so my opinion of John Green wouldn't have had such an awful first impression (did I mention I didn't like The Fault in Our Stars?). It's a quick read, I used it to break up the Game of Throne and the Outlander series' that I've been reading, needed something different and this was the perfect 2 day break. I give it 5 stars and recommend it to anyone of any age, not just YA. I'm now more optimistic about reading more of Green's books. "
  • Kimberly George
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This book comes highly recommended and has what I think is a very strong quality - the "kids" are not portrayed as 1st graders! I would let an older kid read this book - but because of the subjects and language I would be having some conversations about it. So for me it's not a book I would just hand over. You may want to even read it yourself so that you are kind of treating it like a book club."
  • Ethan Mendoza
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "John Green has always written some amazing books so I was interested in reading Looking for Alaska. It's really no wonder that it won awards because it is absolutely riveting."
  • Ding Yu
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is an award winner no doubt. The main character has really interesting friends and odd obsession. "
  • Johnny Stewart
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Looking for Alaska is a good fiction novel for young adults. I enjoyed reading it myself, as did my teenage son. It has a great setting, and deep, realistic characters that you will really get attached to. In many ways this is a coming of age novel, but has a lot of originality and charm."
  • Raymond Campbell
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I really love the front cover illustration of this book (black background with smoke trailed upwards). You've always heard don't judge a book by its cover, but in this case you can tell the quality of the story within when you look at the illustration on the outside of the book. Great all around. "
  • David Watkins
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Looking for Alaska is is great adventure story. The story is centered around a kid exploring the world around and discovering life. There are many wise and insightful thoughts that he picks up along the way. I loved the perspective in this book and enjoyed it thoroughly."
  • George Russell
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This book won awards for a reason. It was my first John Green book. I couldn't put it down. I found it so easy to relate to Pudge. I don't want to to give away too much, go read it! "
    Adam Andrews
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This coming of age book of Miles "Pudge" is a fantastic read, for young and old adults alike. The character Alaska young is someone that all people can relate to on some level."
    Doris Kelly
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I had to reread Looking for Alaska to understand the story. I'm so glad that I did because I missed out on parts that I see why it was an award winner."
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  • Christina Davidson
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This is among the best young adult novels published in 2005. I like the way the author treats the adolescents. They are complex and intelligent. They are not pretentious or silly. But they have the impulsiveness of youth."
  • Robert Shaw
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Looking for Alaska is an interesting young adult fiction novel where the main character goes through the process of trying to understand mortality, life, death, and moving on. The characters are surprisingly complex, and it's very relateable to teens. Overall I'd recommend if you want to read...it's actually quite good."
    Diana Du
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "John Green wrote Looking for Alaska in his late 20s I think. It's a YA novel, and the book is older, from 2006. He's always been a very talented author and this book was just as good as Our Fault in Our Stars. I finished the book quickly and I like all the characters in the book a lot and I found it very relateable."
    Philip Gardner
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "It's alright. I read it in my late 20s, and I feel like I'd have liked it more if I was younger. Maybe I was expecting too much because the person that told me to read it really loved it. I just don't really care for teen angst stuff. "
    Gerald Robinson
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "John Green is one of the most popular young authors for young folks. In Looking for Alaska, we get a unique perspective on a coming-of-age story. The heartbreak is real and examines how we experience the loss of love. "
    Kyle Diaz
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "While this is a popular book, it isn't written by an author who is under 30. John Green was born in 1977, so he is 40 now."
  • Elizabeth Watson
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "If you like young-adult fiction novels, than you definitely love this book by John Green."
  • Michael Griffin
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Looking for Alaska is a mystery novel, a detective story of sorts. The journey is kinda mind bending as they take you through the last words of various people. The plot is a little far fetched and the end result isn't hard to see coming, but this book is intended for young adults."
    Roger Pearson
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Looking for Alaska really blew me away. I was looking for a novel that would help me to think of some things in a different way, and this one completely delivered. Not only was it entertaining to the max, it helped me out in my personal life. "
  • Donna Ramirez
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Very interesting book about an Alaskan adventure. Not good reading, at all, for young boys. It includes pornography complete with fellatio and worse. VERY detailed. It reads like a "how to enjoy gay sex" novel, leveled at young boys. Should have a warning label."
  • Elizabeth Salazar
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I read this when I was younger and really enjoyed it. I would recommend it a for middle-schoolers too."
  • Andrea Burke
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I couldn't pass this book up when I came across it, as has won awards before. It had a great plot and I found myself not wanting to put it down. I'll look forward to reading more from this author."
  • Larry Kelly
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Looking for Alaska grips my attention so much that i would not like to put it down, except for the moments i need to ponder about the content or catch my breath. it is a great read."
  • Amy Wong
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Looking for Alaska is a dark young adult novel that will keep you turning the pages until the very end. It was a little graphic for a book that stars teenagers, but overall it is a good read."
  • Navya Kapoor
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I love books that evoke emotion, and this book definitely delivered in that department. It is a great read about the lives of young adults. It is a book that most of us can relate to, and involves many layers. "
  • Randy Brewer
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Looking for Alaska is a really amazing book to read. On top of that, the book cover is a very eye-catching black and white with a mixture of a few other colors. It will instantly grab your attention! The story line is absolutely unique and it will leave you wanting more!"
  • Zeng He
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "I like books that present the main character will challenges. This book gave the character many, many challenges. There are places in this book that will literally break your heart. The book is very well written and the author really does a great job of making you feel the emotions from the characters. This is a pretty sad book, only read it if you can handle crying your eyes out in places."
  • Evelyn Mendoza
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "A book that will give you a sense of wonder and amazement, even though it is set in Alabama at a school. It lets your mind wander with the thoughts of how life could have been if you were at a school with just your friends and not going home to your parents every night. A very good read and a great plot."
  • Lauren Lane
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This book may have been banned but it gives a realistic take to the story and gives it a more raw feel than some other books. I would recommend this even though it is a bit vulgar."
  • Johnny Johnson
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This was a very good book. I will probably read it again in the future."
  • Harold Guerrero
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "While Looking for Alaska is a great book it's not what I'm looking for. Unless I missed something while reading it then it's certainly not a psychedelic sci-fi book. "
  • Amber Mendoza
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is the first and only book that I had to read for a class that I was willing to read a second time on my own a few years later. This is such a great book! As a teenager or young adult this needs to be a priority to read this no matter what kind of books you are into. Definitely an eye opener and helped give me a different outlook on life in the here and now."
    Ayaan Kapur
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "A must-have in any collection about issues that are directed towards teens. It's one anyone could enjoy but teens could enjoy it moreso. Great reviews and readily accessible to purchase nearly anywhere."
  • Martha Guerrero
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Looks to be an interesting book with a good story. Has a five star rating. I would be interesting in reading this book."
  • Doris Fox
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This is an amazing book! It deserves all of the awards it has won! Every adolescent should be required to read this book. It offers up a lot of life lessons, but in a way that keeps the reader interested. I have given a copy of this book to all my nieces and nephews, and they have all loved it!!!"
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  • William Hughes
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This book is absolutely destined to be a movie! John Green never fails, especially with Looking for Alaska. Pudge is such an enjoyable character, and his friends dance off the page with their quirks and fun banter. It's witty, edgy, and heartfelt, so I can't wait to see this turned into a movie. "
    Judy Adams
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Terrific book to read. It's won several awards and I can see why. Great character development and great plot."
  • Jeffrey Gonzalez
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "It was a great read. Very well written"

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