Looking for Alaska

By John Green
(Dutton Books, Hardcover, 9780525475064, 221pp.)

Publication Date: March 2005

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The award-winning, genre-defining debut from #1 bestselling author of "The Fault in Our Stars"
Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award
"Los Angeles Times "Book Prize Finalist
"New York Times "bestseller


First drink
First prank
First friend
First girl
Last words
Miles "Pudge" Halter is abandoning his safe-okay, "boring"-life. Fascinated by the last words of famous people, Pudge leaves for boarding school to seek what a dying Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps."
Pudge becomes encircled by friends whose lives are everything but safe and boring. Their nucleus is razor-sharp, sexy, and self-destructive Alaska, who has perfected the arts of pranking and evading school rules. Pudge falls impossibly in love. When tragedy strikes the close-knit group, it is only in coming face-to-face with death that Pudge discovers the value of living and loving unconditionally.
John Green's stunning debut marks the arrival of a stand-out new voice in young adult fiction.




About the Author
John Green attended a boarding school in Alabama not unlike Alaska's Culver Creek. After graduating from college in 2000, he worked as a chaplain at a children's hospital. His experiences with patients and their families during intense crises solidified his desire to write for teens and inspired him to bring his comic sensibility to a candid novel about the excitement of breaking the rules and the challenge of confronting loss. John now writes for several national magazines, both print and Web-based. He is also a commentator for National Public Radio's afternoon newsmagazine, "All Things Considered," and Chicago's "NPR" affiliate, WBEZ.
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