Miles Halter, a sixteen-year-old with a fascination for last words, begins his scholastic adventure at Culver Creek boarding school in Alabama with an introduction to his roommate Chip "Colonel" Martin, a trailer-bred genius. Chip nicknames the skinny Miles "Pudge" and introduces him to Alaska Young, a beautiful, literate and intellectually gifted teenager with a head full of elaborate pranks. Under the tutelage of his new (and real) friends, Miles learns to drink, smoke, escape punishment, and understand people. A few days following a major, adrenaline-pumping prank, Alaska drives insanely drunk, crashes her car and dies instantly.
Miles and Chip, both grieving for their lost friend, wondering if she committed suicide or was killed accidentally, search for evidence of the reasons behind her death. They also feel guilty because they were the last people to see her alive and did not stop her from driving drunk. From his experiences with this loss, Miles learns valuable lessons about loyalty, friendship, and life.
The novel is divided into two sections: "before" and "after". Miles' school year is comprised of exactly 136 days before and after Alaska's death.
The review of this Book prepared by Samantha S.
Kimberly Perales on 10/6/2016 12:51:11 PM says: Have you ever wished you could understand someone who is complex? The book Looking for Alaska by John Green describes the protagonist of the story, Miles “Pudge” Halter as he encounters life at a new school. This book is a young adult fiction novel intended for ages sixteen and up.
Pudge is teenager who is obsessed with famous last words and as he confronts life at his new school he hopes for exciting and eventful adventures. Pudge finds himself four new friends and he becomes extremely close with two of them and together they seek “a Great Perhaps.”
This young adult novel has explicit language and content. The explicit language I feel connects more to teens in a sense that they communicate with their friends with that type of language. This novel describes the temptations and habits teens get when they experiment with alcohol and smoking cigarettes. John Green met my expectations for the book but I think he should have been more clear when he was speaking in Lara's language (Romanian). When you read the novel it makes you wonder what the countdown of days is for but it is answered throughout the reading.. I like the way John Green displays the events in the story because they follow each very well. The ending of the book ended in a good note because Green does not leave you wanting more and all your questions are answered by the end of the book.
Looking for Alaska is worth the two hundred and twenty-one pages. Just one page and you'll be hooked. Read this novel with an open mind to fully understand the novel. Read this novel and join the rest of us in seeking “a Great Perhaps.”