By John Green
Published by Penguin Group, 2006
256 pages (paperback)
Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy 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. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . . After. Nothing is ever the same. (from barnesandnoble.com)
[Looking for Alaska] had many action filled moments. It was a great book because it showed what it was like to grieve. I don’t think that Lara was a necessary character. No [I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it to middle schoolers], because it is sometimes inappropriate for kids.