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Publisher's Summary

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.

(P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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A Smart Story of Last Words and Love

Stories that focus on the tumultuous lives of teens can be a tough write for most adult authors, but Green's specialty seems to be with the highly articulate and intelligent segment of that population which lends credibility to the young characters' strikingly thought provoking conversations and upper level reasoning. He makes it work here by creating a setting that wisely bottles the protagonist with a group of other bright 'carpe diem' kids and gives them the freedom to act out their obvious brilliance that is still tinged with the 'I will live forever' mentality.

The performance was impressive, as if the protagonist was himself impersonating the accents that he tried to capture from his friends and associates. Thoroughly enjoyed.

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well...

I didn't love it. The narrator was great, it was the characters for me. I suppose I am still of the mind set that high school is not the place to have sex or drink or smoke or pretend to be adults...I guess I don't think that drinking and smoking makes you an adult as well. So the way the book made or seem so casual, got on my nerves. I loved the theme of the great perhaps, the exploration of the unknown, but it was predictable to me. Not my favorite, or my least.

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The most introspective and the saddest Green book

What did you like best about this story?

The story is very symbolic, and the underlying themes of suffering and purpose in life are present throughout. John Green doesn't sugar coat anything, and this realism peaks at an awkward sex scene. Having watched John Green on the internet a lot, I was surprised. He is very different as an author than as a vlogbrother and crash course host.<br/>One thing that confused me was that the whole first half of the book is setting the stage for what the book is really about, and the second half was much better than the first. Throughout the first half, it is counting down days to an event, and I didn't know what was going to happen until it happened. I'm not sure why the first half needed to be a whole half of the book.<br/>Overall, this is a great book by a great author.

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  • Meryl
  • CUMBERLAND CENTER, MAINE, US
  • 11-15-14

For the Young Adult at Heart

I love the concept of the "Great Perhaps". I'm a young adult at heart. This book worked for me. I would have liked something more or something different as the ending of the book. That's my only complaint. The book kept me totally engaged and was well written. However the book faded in the end. I need a great beginning, middle and end.

I laughed out loud when the author described first sexual encounters. Hysterical. There were unbelievably sad moments in this book as well. I love a book that takes me through a wide emotional gamut.

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This one will stick with you

This was a great book from John Green. I've read Paper Towns and really liked it. I thought this was better. This book clutched at your mind and heart. I did not feel sad at the end, although the book is sad in parts, but I did _feel_ and think. I was invested and I took something with me as we parted ways. To me, this is great praise for a book.

I have seen some reviews criticizing this book as not being appropriate for young adults. I disagree - at least for my definition of 'young adult'. Often these days that moniker includes 'tweens'. And I do not think this book is entirely appropriate for early middle schoolers. But I do think it is appropriate for high schoolers or kids about to go into high school. Yes, there is smoking, drinking and sexual acts in this book. But if you think your high school freshman is not thinking about or doing at least one of those things, you are confused. More importantly, there are consequences for this behavior. This book shows clearly how easily things can get out of control; how a single moment, a single decision, can change your life forever; how your life impacts those around you; and clearly shows how teenagers can have serious issues. All GREAT things for a high schooler to know, in my opinion. I am a mother. My child is not in high school yet. But I am certainly old enough to know good life lessons when I read them.

The narrator was great.

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  • Erin
  • AUSTIN, TX, United States
  • 08-10-14

Unfair comparison

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, I enjoyed the story. It was interesting and well written. Prior to purchasing the book, I read several reviews on audible one of which contained very significant spoiler in the book. I found myself waiting for that moment to happen and couldn't focus on the rest of the story. I'm very surprised that the particular review was allowed to be posted.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Looking for Alaska?

The character development is great, and I really enjoyed their background stories.

What aspect of Jeff Woodman’s performance would you have changed?

I did not like the voice he used for Alaska. It sounded like an old lady that had smoked cigarettes her whole life rather than a high school girl.

Do you think Looking for Alaska needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No.

Any additional comments?

I read The Fault In Our Stars before reading this book so I was expecting something equally amazing. Alaska is good book, but not even in the same league as TFIOS.

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Not sure.

My first thought was how much I enjoyed this book. And I did. Just the more I thought about it after I finished it the more I wasn't sure exactly how much I enjoyed it.

John Green wrote a great book. Characters were great, I had issues with Alaska but part of me thinks that was his plan. Good story + great narrator = great listen

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Great Lessons

This was a really cute book and made me think about my son when he wanted to go to an away school. The things I took away from the book are you can always start over. Miles does not have any friends in his hometown and he wants to make things count. He goes off to his dad's boarding school and actually makes friends, learns about trust, and loyalty. He falls in love with a girl that already has a boyfriend and is emotionally damaged. Then tragedy strikes and you'll have to read it to learn what happens.

Pudge and the Colonel are great for each other as friends and roommates. I loved the the cast of characters and the boarding school pranks they pulled. The Eagle was hilarious and he just added to the wonderful cast of crazy original characters.

I recommend this book for anyone over 16 that likes camaraderie, fun pranks, self discovery, and some sad.

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  • Melissa
  • AUSTIN, TX, United States
  • 08-06-13

Great performance, good enough story

When I first started listening I thought the narrator was going to get on my nerves, but by the end he made this book. He was great at establishing a voice for each character and making them unique throughout the book. Really great job.

I purchased this book after reading several quotes from it that I thought were beautifully written, and every once in a while a line would jump out at me, but as a whole the writing was just OK. The story itself isn't really something most people would relate to (private high school outcasts), and to me it doesn't really capture the angst of high school, but the characters are likeable which overall made it an enjoyable read. I saw what was coming a mile away, yet I admit I did shed a tear at the end. Overall a decent easy read, but nothing that will really stick with you.

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  • Marjorie
  • Santa Rosa, CA, United States
  • 04-27-13

John Green Gets It

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have worked with teens for many years and found Mr. Green's portrayal of teen males at boarding school to be believable and fascinating. The author is able to bring alive his characters. I found myself living the book as though I was a part of those kids' world when I was listening. I felt I knew the two main characters. I don't see where this would be just a teen's book. For an inside look into the minds of teens and the difficult dilemmas they may be facing without a parent's awareness, this book is great. It's good for its own sake too with many an adventure unfolding.

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