Sixteen year old Miles “Pudge” Halter, who has a talent for remembering famous last words, is in search of the “Great Perhaps.” He is done with his boring, friendless life in Florida and decides to follow in his father’s footsteps by enrolling at the Culver Creek Boarding School. Upon arrival, Miles meets his roommate Chip Martin, known as The Colonel, who is extremely poor, but a genius. The Colonel’s best friend, Alaska Young, lives down the hall and has managed to get almost every one of her male friends to fall in love with her. Alaska is creative, beautiful, and extremely intelligent. The Colonel and Alaska introduce Pudge into the world of smoking and drinking and also show him how to pull off the best pranks. They go to class, cut up, and live life together until tragedy strikes.
As the characters deal with loss (you’ll have to read the book to find out the details), author John Green addresses issues of grief and suffering. While Looking for Alaska does not have the typical happy ending, it is a great book that takes a look into the life of a few teenagers who have to experience some difficult things. As a John Green fan, I definitely recommend this one.
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