Looking For Alaska

Alyson Riley, Staff Writer

John Green is one of those authors that understands teenagers without actually having been one for the past 15 years, a quality that he proves in his debut novel, Looking for Alaska, which won the 2006 Michael L. Printz award and hit the New York Times bestseller list in July 2012

This book, which first hit the shelves in 2005, tells the story of Miles “Pudge” Halter, an ironically skinny 17-year-old boy who is fascinated with final words. In order to escape his uneventful home life, he leaves for Culver Creek boarding school, where he hopes to discover what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called “the Great Perhaps.” At Culver Creek, he meets Alaska Young, the beautiful, funny, screwed-up girl who teaches him things about life and about himself that he never knew.

Green accurately captures the essence of the teenage mind and tells a beautiful story of love, life and death in this masterpiece. Looking for Alaska is poignant and compelling; it will leave you laughing, crying and wanting to search for your own “Great Perhaps.”