Looking For Alaska by John Green

Looking For Alaska

By John Green

  • Release Date: 2006-07-03
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
From 561 Ratings
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The unmissable first novel from bestselling and award-winning author of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS and TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN.

“In the dark beside me, she smelled of sweat and sunshine and vanilla and on that thin-mooned night I could see little more than her silhouette, but even in the dark, I could see her eyes – fierce emeralds. And not just beautiful, but hot too.”

BEFORE. Miles Halter’s whole life has been one big non-event until he starts at anything-but-boring Culver Creek Boarding School and meets Alaska Young. Gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, screwed up and utterly fascinating she pulls Miles into her world, launches him into a new life, and steals his heart. But when tragedy strikes, and Miles comes face-to-face with death he discovers the value of living and loving unconditionally.

AFTER: Nothing will ever be the same.

Poignant, funny, heartbreaking and compelling, this novel will stay with you forever.


“Miles's narration is alive with sweet, self-deprecating humor, and his obvious struggle to tell the story truthfully adds to his believability.” School Library Journal

“What sings and soars in this gorgeously told tale is Green's mastery of language and the sweet, rough edges of Pudge's voice. Girls will cry and boys will find love, lust, loss and longing in Alaska's vanilla-and-cigarettes scent.” Kirkus

“This is an amazing first novel by a writer who is young enough to vividly remember his powerful years of high school and he expertly turns remembrance into story.” Children’s Literature

“The novel's chief appeal lies in Miles's well-articulated lust and his initial excitement about being on his own for the first time.” Publishers Weekly

About the author

John Green is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of several YA novels including THE FAULT IN OUR STARS and TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN. He has received numerous accolades including the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor and the Edgar Award. John is also one half of the Vlogbrothers; co-creator, with his brother, Hank, of the popular video blog Brotherhood 2.0, which has been watched more than 30 million times by Nerdfighter fans all over the globe (youtube.com/vlogbrothers).

Join John's 5.3 million followers on Twitter (@johngreen) or visit him online at johngreenbooks.com and probablysignedturtles.com. John lives with his wife and son in Indianapolis, Indiana.


  • Amazing

    By Rya24
    In the beginning it starts really slowly and hardly, but as soon as the actions start to happen, it gets page turner. Really good.
  • Officially the best book ever

    By Flamisc
    I love this book that much that I've been staying up until 12 o'clock at night to finish it this taken me 3 days to read because I couldn't put it down. I've read about just over 200 books in 2013-2015 and this is by far the best i cannot wait until the movie comes out
  • Amazing

    By macie2012
    I love reading! It opens up a whole new world! I don't cry at many books but I blubbered like a baby when I read this! John Green is one of my favourite authors and he reminds me again and again why I love to read! This is defiantly one of my favourite books! And I recommend you all to read it
  • Looking for alaska

    By Ozziewelshis
    I couldn't put it down! Relatable and passionate
  • Love it

    By Jordano.1
    I love this book, it's my favourite! So heartbreaking but yet so exciting, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, it's amazing and you just can't stop reading!
  • 😐

    By Erober99
    This book was well written, but I didn't enjoy the story enough. Probably would relate to a teenager better then me (25)
  • Amazing, i loved it!

    By Nina2791
    This novel is all about living and loving, it is heartbreaking and it will stay with you forever. Definitely recommend you to read it ! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Okay

    By ᗩᗩᒪIYᗩᕼᕼ.
    It's a good book but for me it was a bit boring because it just dragged. I would recommend it.
  • Amazing

    By Ellie!_
    Couldn't put it down!!
  • Looking For Alaska

    By Angelic_Liar
    My Favourite Book Ever. Couldn't Put It Down!!! Never Make This Into A Film. It Will Seriously Ruin It!