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4.00000683069441 out of 54.00000683069441 out of 54.00000683069441 out of 54.00000683069441 out of 54.00000683069441 out of 5 4.00 (146,398 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Green Narrator: Jeff Woodman Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The spirit of Holden Caulfield lives on.”


  • “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 Reviews (starred review)

  • “Miles’s narration is alive with sweet, self-deprecating humor, and his obvious struggle to tell the story truthfully adds to his believability. Like Phineas in John Knowles’s A Separate Peace, Green draws Alaska so lovingly, in self-loathing darkness as well as energetic light, that readers mourn her loss along with her friends.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “What sets this novel apart is the brilliant, insightful, suffering but enduring voice of Miles Halter.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Funny, sad, inspiring, and always compelling.”


  • “Stunning conclusion…One worthy of a book this good.”

    Philadelphia Enquirer

  • “Miles is a witty narrator who manages to be credible as the overlooked kid, but he’s also an articulate spokesperson for the legions of teens searching for life meaning (his taste for famous last words is a believable and entertaining quirk), and the Colonel’s smarts, clannish loyalties, and relentlessly methodological approach to problems make him a true original…There’s a certain recursive fitness here, since this is exactly the kind of book that makes kids like Miles certain that boarding school will bring them their destiny, but perceptive readers may also realize that their own lives await the discovery of meaning even as they vicariously experience Miles’ quest.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2007 Audie Award Finalist
  • Nominated for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award
  • Winner of the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award
  • An ALA Best Book for Young Adults Top 10
  • A 2005 Booklist Editors’ Choice
  • A 2005 School Library Journal Best Book
  • A 2009 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee
  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Teens, 2005
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A New York Public Library Book for Teens
  • A 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Young Adult Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jess | 4/23/2016

    " Loved this book. Laughed and cried. Also liked the main character was male, which is a change from most books I read. Quick book with a lot of memorable moments. Worth a read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Betty Jo Pritchett | 2/15/2014

    " I loved this book. The subject matter was very depressing but I loved the characters and the 'realness' of it all. Devastating things happen. And people are left to deal with them. I was struck by how profound the ending of this book was considering it was about high school students. 'We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken.' and 'If we could only see the endless string of consequences that result from our smallest actions. But we can't know better until knowing better is useless.' Read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tiffany | 2/10/2014

    " I liked this book and yet I was disappointed at the same time. There was something about it that I found unlikable (all the teenage smoking for one) and the main character turned out to be a little too self-involved for my liking in the second half of the book. However I did like the overall storyline with the interesting, yet very flawed Alaska Young and all those around her who are so intrigued by her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rosie Olsen | 2/7/2014

    " I love you John Green. "

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