Green's first novel, and proof that he's had a knack for thoughtful, funny and wrenching stories from the beginning. He writes intelligent, realistic teenagers and does not condescend to his audience. Alaska will have you laughing through "Before" and crying through "After," and it speaks to the importance of friendship and forgiveness. — Paige Mushaw
“I go to seek a great perhaps,” were the poet Francois Rabelaix’s last words. This story’s main character, Miles “Pudge” Halter is obsessed with both last words and “the great perhaps.” As he enters a private boarding school, his dull life is transformed by his new friends, including the mysterious Alaska Young. — Bonnie Winchester
A stunning debut novel that unflinchingly delves into the lives of boarding school teens. For Ages 14 & up. — Jessica Wood
One of my long standing favorites about adventurous teens with simultaneously too much and not enough freedom. I expected it to be a light read while traveling and was surprised by the very real message and story. It was beautifully dark and moving and has yet to be surpassed as my favorite book. — Molly Halpin
Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award • A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist • A New York Times Bestseller • A USA Today Bestseller • NPR’s Top Ten Best-Ever Teen Novels • TIME magazine’s 100 Best Young Adult Novels of All Time • A PBS Great American Read Selection • Millions of copies sold!
First drink. First prank. First friend. First love.
Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words—and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet François Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young, who will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.
Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. A modern classic, this stunning debut marked #1 bestselling author John Green’s arrival as a groundbreaking new voice in contemporary fiction.
Newly updated edition includes a brand-new Readers' Guide featuring a Q&A with author John Green
Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award
A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
A New York Times Bestseller • A USA Today Bestseller
NPR’s Top Ten Best-Ever Teen Novels
TIME magazine’s 100 Best Young Adult Novels of All Time
A PBS Great American Read Selection
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Top 10 • An ALA Quick Pick • A Booklist Editors’ Choice selection • A Kirkus Best Book of the Year • An SLJ Best Book of the Year • A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best • A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
“What sets this novel apart is the brilliant, insightful, suffering but enduring voice of Miles Halter.” —Chicago Tribune
“Looking For Alaska is a showcase to the raw talent John Green has, the kind of talent that can make you close the crisp last page of a novel and come out as a different person....
A gem of modern literature." —Guardian
★ “What sings and soars in this gorgeously told tale is Green’s mastery of language and the sweet, rough edges of Pudge’s voice.” —Kirkus
★ “Alive with sweet, self-deprecating humor.” —SLJ
“Funny, sad, inspiring, and always compelling.” —Bookpage
“The spirit of Holden Caulfield lives on.” —Kliatt
“Stunning conclusion . . . one worthy of a book this good.” —Philadelphia Inquirer