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What the community says about Looking for Alaska
- "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. "
- "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."
- "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."
- "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. "
- "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."
- "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."
- "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. "
- "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."
- "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! ""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."
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- "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.""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.""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. ""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. "
- "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."
- "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."
- "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!"
- "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."
- "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."
- "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."
- "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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- "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. "