Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award An ALA Best Book for Young Adults An ALA Quick Pick A Los Angeles Times 2005 Book Prize Finalist A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age A 2005 Booklist Editor’s Choice A 2005 School Library Journal Best Book of the Year Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . . After. Nothing is ever the same.

March 3, 2005  |  254 pages
(Rated on Sep 4, 2013)
Grade: A–    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 60% Literature, 40% Entertainment
Writing Quality:
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Low High
Movie Potential:
Low High

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Sequel Potential:
Low High
John Green's Looking for Alaska is a wonderful start for the author. While it may not resonate with adults as strongly as with its intended audience, it certainly does a marvelous job of telling Miles Halter's coming of age story and his love for the impossible girl that is Alaska Young. She, however, is the weakest point in the book. Green relies heavily on the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope and this book suffers slightly because of that. Overall, though, a fantastic YA novel. Rating: A-  (+8 votes)