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Title: Looking for Alaska
Author: John Green
Genre: Contemporary, (Young-Adult)
Published by: Speak
First Published: March 3rd 2005
Source: Personal Purchase
Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.
After. Nothing is ever the same.
Nerdy, not-very-social 16 year-old Miles Halter decides to go to a boarding school in pursue something more. In pursue of the Great Perhaps.
“So this guy,” I said, standing in the doorway of the living room. “François Rabelais. He was this poet. And his last words were ‘I go to seek a Great Perhaps.’ That’s why I’m going. So I don’t have to wait until I die to start seeking a Great Perhaps.”
At the Culver Creek, the boarding school, Mile’s is introduced to a whole new life: friends, love, loyalty, booze, and cigarettes. He learns and does so many foreign things to him all while searching for this Great Perhaps. His life will never be the same.