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Review of LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green

by Becky Laney

Green, John. 2005. LOOKING FOR ALASKA. New York: Dutton. ISBN: 0525475060.

LOOKING FOR ALASKA is a coming-of-age novel starring Miles Halter and his eccentric cast of friends. Miles had always been different from his peers; for years he’d been searching for the “Great Perhaps” but he finally begins to understand the meaning of life when he ventures forth into the great unknown leaving his familiar home and school in Florida for his new life at a boarding school in Alabama.

Miles, like all the characters in LOOKING FOR ALASKA, has his own eccentricities. Mile’s eccentric obsession (besides his love for philosophy) is his fascination with memorizing the last words of famous people. “It was an indulgence, learning last words. Other people had chocolate; I had dying declarations” (11).

Miles, nicknamed, “Pudge,” is soon initiated into a close circle of friends including his roommate Chip Martin (the Colonel) and Alaska Young. It is his relationships with his friends--Alaska in particular--that will change his life forever.

LOOKING FOR ALASKA is well written. It is at times laugh-out-loud funny...and at other times deeply touching. It is an incredible novel that I will not soon forget.

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