Published: New York : Dutton Children's Books, c2005 Edition: [Various editions] Description: 221 p ISBN/ISSN: 0525475060 (hardback), 9780142402511(pbk.), Language: English
Also published: New York : Speak, 2012. 221, , 11 p.
Winner of the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award
Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash
** spoiler alert ** Looking for Alaska is a coming-of-age novel that vividly describes the peaks and valleys of emotions experienced by teens. Miles (aka Pudge), a friendless, last word loving 16 year old, decides to transfer from his Florida high school to a boarding school in Birmingham, AL in search of the "Great Perhaps." He quickly joins his roommate Chip's (aka Colonel) group of friends that includes enigmatic, fun-loving, beautiful Alaska Young. They quickly teach Miles to party and pull off elaborate pranks. The chapters of the novel are represented as days "before" and "after" what turns out to be Alaska's death. Green skillfully describes the reaction to teenage death: denial, blame, cult-like grief, and the search for the reason why. Pudge's first person narration sometimes can be philosophical, but it does not make the novel less realistic.