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“John Green is ridiculously good. Looking for Alaska is his first book, and people shouldn’t be allowed to write this well when they’re just starting out. He finds this way to make characters engaging in a way that makes you care about these people even though they’re teens (I didn’t even like teenagers when I was one!) With this book in particular, I love the way that its structured with a mysterious countdown at the top of every chapter. You’re just sitting in anticipation to find out what big thing is going to happen that changes this kid’s life forever.”
The award-winning debut from John Green, the #1 international bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down and The Fault in Our Stars
First drink. First prank. First friend. First love.
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 François Rabelais called “The Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young, who will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.
About the Author
John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), The Fault in Our Stars, and Turtles All the Way Down. His many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. John has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers and co-created the online educational series CrashCourse. You can join the millions who follow him on Twitter @johngreen and Instagram @johngreenwritesbooks or visit him online at johngreenbooks.com. John lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award • A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist • A New York Times Bestseller • A USA Today Bestseller • NPR’s Top Ten Best-Ever Teen Novels • TIME magazine’s 100 Best Young Adult Novels of All Time • A PBS Great American Read Selection
“What sets this novel apart is the brilliant, insightful, suffering but enduring voice of Miles Halter.” —Chicago Tribune “Looking For Alaska is a showcase to the raw talent John Green has, the kind of talent that can make you close the crisp last page of a novel and come out as a different person.... A gem of modern literature." —Guardian
★ “What sings and soars in this gorgeously told tale is Green’s mastery of language and the sweet, rough edges of Pudge’s voice.” —Kirkus
★ “Alive with sweet, self-deprecating humor.” —SLJ
“Funny, sad, inspiring, and always compelling.” —Bookpage
“The spirit of Holden Caulfield lives on.” —Kliatt
“Stunning conclusion . . . one worthy of a book this good.” —Philadelphia Inquirer