Summary

Featured title in the 2018 PBS Great American Reads
Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words - and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.  
Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. A stunning debut, it marks John Green's arrival as an important new voice in contemporary fiction.
©2005 John Green (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 22-09-17

Great Coming of Age Story

looking for Alaska was well written. relatable yet y laughably fun, but by my definition, real

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2 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 05-03-18

OK story, not so good reading

Started reading the books several years ago, it was good, but not captivating. Also found the characters a bit primitive. The reader worsened the experience, so I left it unfinished. Probably not coming back to it.

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4 out of 5 stars
By RaisinNut on 14-10-12

Decidedly adult content...

This is the story of Miles, a young man who moves into a boarding school in Alabama where he meets beautiful, brilliant, but deeply troubled Alaska Young. It is the story of Miles' friendship with Alaska from beginning to end.

Looking for Alaska is a coming of age story with decidedly adult content - drinking, smoking, sex, love, friendship and death. John Green creates an interesting cast of young characters and catapults them into very adult situations. He is not afraid to make his young characters face death in all of its complexity.

Parts of the book are humorous, parts are heartbreaking. At times the book seems to move a little slowly, and you can tune out then tune back in to find you really haven't missed much. The narrator does an excellent job with the male characters, but his rendition of Alaska leaves a bit to be desired. Frankly, he makes her sound at times like an empty-headed redneck.

Overall this book carries a message of hope. It reminds us of people who have impacted our lives profoundly, leaving deep imprints upon our hearts. It also foreshadows a certain peace in death, suggesting that where we are going may be more beautiful than where we are.

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5 out of 5 stars
By FanB14 on 24-05-12

Humorous YA for Adults

Where does Looking for Alaska rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the YA realm, this is one of my top 7 favorites.

What did you like best about this story?

John Greene's sense of humor is delightfully sarcastic. The characters were well written and I felt like I was at the school, in the barn, at the basketball games, etc. with them.

Have you listened to any of Jeff Woodman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. I enjoy Jeff's performances. I didn't "love" his Alaska voice, but it didn't detract from the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I didn't cry, but found it humorous and marginally sad at the end. Alaska was a little too self-absorbed and I didn't care as much about her charcacter's sudden ending.

Any additional comments?

I wouldn't want my younger daughter to read this due to the continuous drinking, smoking, and mischief. However, I enjoyed it as an adult.

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