Looking for Alaska

by John Green

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  • Item #4236 in BookBeat BookBeat
    • Grades: 9 - 12
    • Ages: 14 - and up
    Award:
    Printz Award
    • Format: Paperback Book
      Paperback Book
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Humor, hip dialogue, and honest emotion hone this award-wining coming-of-age story to a razor-sharp edge!
This title contains mature language and references to sex, drugs, and alcohol and is only recommended for older readers.

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To shake up his play-it-safe, stay-at-home lifestyle, Florida teenager Miles "Pudge" Halter convinces his parents to let him attend a coed boarding school in Alabama. There he becomes instant friends with Chip, his edgy roommate, and with Chip's friend, the sexy, daring, and impossibly beautiful Alaska Young.

Chip and Alaska are the perfect cure for boredom with their wit, pranks, and unpredictable behavior, and they're outcasts like Pudge. Chip is a brilliant scholarship student with a chip on his shoulder when it comes to rich kids who have never had to work for anything. And Alaska is dangerously moody and self-destructive. But how can Pudge resist falling in love with a girl who mesmerizes everyone she meets?

With chapter titles like "one hundred and thirty-six days before" (and, later, "seven days after"), readers know from the start that this spot-on portrait of teen angst and infatuation is on a countdown to tragedy, but that knowledge only makes them hang on every word. In his Printz Award-winning debut novel, John Green has created characters who are sure to haunt readers' memories for years after the last page has been turned.

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Product Details

    • Grades: 9 - 12
    • Ages: 14 - and up
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 221 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/2" x 8 3/16" x 0 11/16"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-142-40251-1