Looking for AlaskaBook - 2005
From Library Staff
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
This Printz award winner has been removed from curriculum in Tennessee, withdrawn from schools in New York, and challenged in Colorado for offensive language, a sexually explicit scene, and depiction of alcohol use.
Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.
Not quite to the extent of Lois Lowry, but similarly, I have yet to read anything by John Green that wasn't excellent.
JCLBeckyC May 31, 2013
Well written first novel by the creator of the YouTube channels Vlogbrothers and CrashCourse. I'm a forty-something, married mother, not a teenage boarding school student, and yet I got sucked into the story as if I were one of their friends. Recommended for adults who haven't forgotten what it... Read More »
From the critics
AgeAdd Age Suitability
maroon_dog_273 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 25
Erin Elaine McDougall thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over
QuotesAdd a Quote
'"Francois Rabelais. He was a poet. And his last words were, 'I go to seek a Great Perhaps.' That's why I'm going. So I don't have to wait until I die to start seeking a Great Perhaps."'
"So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane."
We need never be without hope because we can never be irreparably broken.
"If people were rain, I was a drizzle and she was a hurricane." - Pudge (Miles)
So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.
“They love their hair because they're not smart enough to love something more interesting.”
Frightening or Intense Scenes: The point of the story could be intense or frightening for some people.
Sexual Content: There are a couple scenes throughout the story that would be catorgized as innapropirate and sexual. There is one scene in particular that is not sutiable for people under the age of 14 at least. I read this when i was about 12 and it wasn't appropriate and I didn't quite understand what was happening.
Sexual Content: a little bit of kissing and one very detailed sex scene
Sexual Content: Consensual, wonderfully awkward and realistically portrayed sex and curiosity.
SummaryAdd a Summary
Miles has just moved to a new boarding school where he meets Chip "The colonel", Takumi the hip hop enthusiast and the gorgeous Alaska. As Miles starts to fall for Alaska and pull pranks with her, something tragic happens that shakes Miles world.
A beautiful novel that is truly indescribable. It's filled with laughter, sadness but also hope. It opens your eyes to see more than what's on the outside. To not just look, but to really see.
Miles "Pudge" Halter goes to Culver Creek boarding school. He meets new friends and discovers life's meaning through his friend, Alaska Young.
Looking for Alaska is really about the great adventure of Miles in a prep school in Albama. Miles is your average kid, with grades, some friends, basically normal in most ways that a 16 year old can be! The thing is Miles, is known for memorizing the last words of famous people, and this search eventually leads him to search for his Great Perhaps, (his real adventure/meaning in life. After moving to the prep school, Miles meets Colonel, Takumi, and the unique Alaska Young! Miles' whole life is turned upside down through his many adventures with this crew.Between life of a pressured 16 year old, and just trying to discover how to "escape from this labyrinth of sufferring" Miles' has his hands full!