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Download Looking for Alaska by John Green PDF novel free. Looking for Alaska is the romance, young adult fiction and suspense novel which. Read Looking for Alaska online free from your iPhone, iPad, android, Pc, Mobile. Looking for Alaska is a Young Adult novel by John Green. Looking For Alaska. Page 1 of 88 To my family: Sydney Green, Mike Green, and Hank Green "I have tried so hard to do right." (last words of Alaska.
No matter how old you are or what your life's been like, that's a desire that pretty much anyone can relate to. And Miles doesn't just yearn for adventure—he goes out and gets it—which is a pretty inspirational move to boot. Miles finds adventure, uncertainty, and excitement in spades at Culver Creek, the boarding school he transfers to for his junior year of high school. He gets to be pretty good friends with the Colonel, Takumi, and Alaska through smoking, pranking, and making mischief… and he falls madly in love with Alaska in the process.
Alaska has a boyfriend who's off in college though, and this girl Lara really likes Miles, so there's a love triangle mixed into this book as well. Spoiler alert. No really—this is a pretty major reveal. You definitely want to think twice about reading further if you haven't finished the book yet. Okay, you ready? Don't say we didn't warn you. Alaska dies. And when she does, Miles is consumed with the mystery of her final moments and what her death means to him. I mentioned a particular scene in my first book.
His scene is more central to his book. But even so, yeah. It was kinda like that. Sorry about that. View all 52 comments. Sep 11, karen rated it really liked it Shelves: I did not cry. But, John Green still managed to hit me where it really hurt.
And it was awesome. View all 17 comments. That's me, realizing I was about to give a big one star to a super popular book on Goodreads. It didn't stop me. This book was beyond stupid.
Miles is a little nerd boy from Florida, he is going away to boarding school hoping for a new life or maybe his "Great Perhaps". The Great Perhaps comes from a minute reference to some poet. Thrown in to this book to make it all edgy and shit. Once he gets there his roommate the requisite character that is so poor but super smart befriends him. The That's me, realizing I was about to give a big one star to a super popular book on Goodreads. The Colonel aka Chip takes Miles now known as Pudge under his wing and now he has friends!
Including the super special Alaska, she is the beautiful, cool and allusive girl. She is moody and spontaneous. Of course, the boys all love her milkshake.. That smoking line?
It's from the book. John Green, you have enough dang money that if you are going to write southern characters at least try, TRY!!! You just put every stupid stereotype known into the characters that are southern for this book. You made them all sound stupid.
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If they didn't go to this wonderful boarding school that erased their accent they sounded like ignorant hicks. I hate to tell you honey, but last time I check Florida is also in the south. They have accents too. You lost a star just for not taking the two seconds to research southern speech. I've lived here my whole life and I have never heard someone speak like you had several characters speaking. Anyways, for me. This book glorified the whole "oh I'm so dark" "don't you want to be me" shit.
Here's a message for you. Book source: First, please note there are spoilers.
However, the spoilers aren't really spoilers since it doesn't affect your enjoyment or lack of enjoyment if you know the big secret. Nevertheless, a helpful few have pointed out that I have spoilers and I didn't mark them. So are you happy now?
Ok, now to another criticism. All right I'll bite.
Yes, Alaska is flawed. That is obvious.
Did Mr. Green show how Alaska was flawed and resolve either her flaws or how others deal with her flaws if she chose not to change her ways? Still not downloading my argument?
Let's say for the sake of argument, Alaska was a puppy abuser. She goes around kicking puppies. Is her puppy kicking dealt with?
Do any of the characters say "listen Alaska Darling, you kick one more puppy and I'm kicking your ass"? Ok, maybe that is a bit extreme, how about does Mr. Green have his characters abandon Alaska because she refuses to give up her puppy kicking ways? I know, you are saying, "listen, you stupid idiot, Alaska didn't abuse puppies, she only abused other's people's kindness, took advantage of people, emotionally manipulated people and was an all around piss poor person that used her own poor past to lash out".
Oh, ok, I see what you mean, nope, not a puppy kicker Poor Alaska. She screwed up in her past. She blames herself for something that happened when she was a child.
It caused her to be moody, withdrawn, angry, and unpredictable. The next minute, she was the bitch. Poor, poor Alaska. Give me a break! Alaska acted the way she did because she could. She used her past as an excuse for her destructive behavior. Many people had really shitty childhoods. Many people were physically and mentally abused as children.
Many people were left to survive on their own as children…hungry, dirty and alone. Far from it. I have a ton of compassion.
But being a victim does not excuse your behavior. Being a victim does not justify your behavior. You still have to treat people with kindness, compassion, love, and honesty regardless of what struggles you survived. Get help, and then move on.
If someone is treating you wrong, call them on it. That is BS. If a person is friendly, kind, caring one minute, but then angry, withdrawn the next, THEY have a problem. If a person is drinking too much, partying to hard, ignoring authority, breaking the rules, THEY have a problem. Alaska sucked as a friend and she was a lousy human being, and she took up too much of my time by reading the book. View all 79 comments. Mar 08, Todd rated it did not like it Shelves: I must've skipped a bunch of pages or read the Hebrew translation or was having root canal or something because that was one terrible book.
All those awards-- WHAT??? Such a clumsy story— every move of the author was heavy-handed and so transparent I felt like I was a fly on John Green's ceiling watching him go "Oh that's good-- oh that's just precious" and fall asleep in his soup again. Miles—I mean "Pudge,"as he is deemed within minutes of his arrival at his School of Great Perhaps— may be looking for Alaska throughout this story but I sure knew her right away.
She's the pretty girl who's even prettier because she's a bit damaged and makes you feel like you have a chance with her because she's a flirt. Yes, she's a hopelessly thin character, as are they all with the exception of The Colonel. Lara, Pudge's first girlfriend, is so bland she is given a Russian accent complete with long e's for short i's "I put the stuff een the gel In fact, each character is carefully provided with a shtick, often a savant-like "talent" that would in reality win game shows but is meant to be That Thing That Makes Him Special: The Colonel can remember capitals of countries to the point of extreme autism!
Pudge knows the last words of famous people— only he's so doggone quirky that he reads the biography but not the work of the famous person!
And our precious Alaska? She keeps stacks and stacks of books in her room that she intends to read when she's done selling cigarettes to high school kids, I guess , called her life library or something , but has wrestled with life's Big Questions alongside some very Heavy Thinking Authors, and can recite poetry, of course. Everybody is way too philosophical and literary for their own good, but god forbid the reader is allowed to think. Lest you miss the point, every moment is interpreted for you: I finally understood that day at the Jury: Alaska wanted to show us we could trust her.
Survival at Culver Creek meant loyalty, and she had ignored that. But then she'd shown me the way. She and the Colonel had taken the fall for me to show me how it was done, so I would know what to do when the time came Ok, then—I guess that's what happened, except that's just not the way high school kids work.
Even word choice reveals fear we won't get it; if an author has to tell you FIVE TIMES in the book that the character "deadpanned" instead of "said" the Colonel"deadpanned" three times and Pudge, just a little less dry I guess, "deadpanned" twice then either the dialogue is not written well or the author believes it is not written well.
The former, at least. So just hanging with these kids leaves one searching for a third dimension, but then the story itself pretty much jumps genres halfway through, from slacker-YA-Holden-mentioned-on-the-back-cover to straight mystery.
Why'd she do what she did?
Lest I "spoil" this story for you, I won't go into this part, but suffice it to say the above question is left out in the sun to rot while we are forced to look on, sniffing the decay. The story doesn't work in any genre anyway. I know what the story is supposed to do— make me fall in love with Alaska, feel all warm and cozy when the four friends smoke cigarettes, shoot the breeze, and look out for one another, and care when one of them screams with cosmic agony, but alas.
Maybe if I wasn't basically tapped on the shoulder and demanded these reactions I would be better at having them, but lines fall flat and soggy like cigarettes tossed casually into some cliche prep-school lake: The Colonel let go of my sweater and I reached down and picked up the cigarettes.
Not screaming, not through clenched teeth, not with the veins pulsing in my forehead, but calmly. I looked down at the Colonel and said, "F— you. View all 46 comments. Then we met the Colonel, and I did this because the Colonel is awesome!
Then we met Alaska and I go because, who knows? She's really not that bad. Then we really get to know her and I'm like Then ALL this stuff happens and I don't know what to expect, because now we're at the After part, and I'm excited Then BAM!
And I'm like Then I realize its not a joke, and the waterworks start flowing Then I finally calm down And I'm trying to stay strong and remember it's only a book so I'm like Then I can't help myself and go back to ugly crying Then, after all that, I realize View all 34 comments.
This was the first book I ever read by John Green. It was given to me in when I had no idea who John Green was. I wish this book had been around when I was a teen. I really enjoyed the story, but I think I would have liked it even more if I wasn't already past that point in my life. Even still, I loved this book.
Miles is in search for the great perhaps, and has a fascination with famous last words. He meets Alaska Young who is basically the girl of his dreams.
Their journey together at boar This was the first book I ever read by John Green. Their journey together at boarding school begins and John takes us on an exciting ride in which you constantly feel there is impending doom lurking ahead. I'm going to keep this review short, because so much has been said on this book. The writing is as great as I always expect now from JG, and the story unfolds with a great pace that makes you never want to put the book down.
You will probably feel some excitement, sadness, and maybe even a little anger reading this book, but I think this book will be memorable. This is an outstanding coming-of-age novel that doesn't resort to a "happily ever after" ending, but the characters each seek closure on their own terms. The characters are well drawn, witty, and full of individual quirks. This book also includes some fun pranks, some great humor, and some shocking turns of events. I thought that was a really neat tool that helped build suspense.
Looking For Alaska is a book I still love and recommend years later, and occasionally still think about. It remains my favorite JG book, and I would like to personally thank the person who gave me this book for introducing me to this wonderful writer.
Recommend to everyone, really!
View all 38 comments. This book is incredibly popular, and it's been waiting patiently in my bookshelf for at least two years now. Looking for Alaska was something in between. Miles, the main character, is as interesting and charming as toast. So are his parents, but their lack of character depth is even worse. She is every toast-boy's fantasy, curvy, but also smart, a bookworm and feminist.
What's the plot? Boarding school, pranks, bullies, girls with boobs, alcohol and cigarettes. Way too many cigarettes - which really annoys me. Yeah, teens smoke out of stupidity but why write about it, and, in a way, promote it. Not cool. Listen guys, smoking: I don't get the point. I didn't feel emotionally connected to any of the characters and this lack of feelings took away the sympathy and understanding for them. In a way, it seemed pointless. Not because it's not sad, but more because the whole novel left no impression on me.
The dialogues are okay and the pranks are fun, but I don't feel like this must have been written. Find more of my books on Instagram View all 39 comments. Nov 04, Kat Lost in Neverland rated it really liked it Shelves: First time hearing about this book; Friend online gushes on how amazing and fantabulous this book is. Okay, I'll check it out.
Plus it's cool since I was born in Alaska. The book is about Alaska right? The End. True Story. View all 10 comments. Aug 27, Nick rated it really liked it. My favorite from John Green. This reminds me of high school. View 2 comments.
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May 12, K. Aaron Vincent. I belong to the generation that enjoyed St. That was shown here in the Philippines when I was in my first year of working after college and I was able to relate to many of its characters so I watched it twice or thrice.
Oh well, I was with my girlfriend then and you know how dark and cold were the theatres during those years when they were not yet inside I belong to the generation that enjoyed St. Oh well, I was with my girlfriend then and you know how dark and cold were the theatres during those years when they were not yet inside the malls.
So, now at 47, graying and with joints aching especially during cold mornings, I am just too old to appreciate a story about a bunch of young college kids who get into all troubles precisely because they are young.
They drink booze, smoke, defy school rules, swear, have free sex and, in their attempt to cover their foolishness, do various kinds of franks towards the school authorities. I definitely had my share of foolishness when I was at their age. Last Sunday, my daughter had an outburst inside the car saying that she did not have a friend at school. My daughter who was very active in school leading the Robotics Team, emceeing school programs, leading the daily prayer as one of the school DJs, being class president for at least two years and playing various kinds of sports during annual intramurals.
She said that she felt alone she is an only child and she oftentimes ate lunch alone.
My wife and I felt sad about her revelations. This was something that I and my wife did not experience when we were in high school as we were low-profile people then and even now in our respective life circles. We advised her to just make the most of what can still be done for the rest of the senior year - probably concentrate with a few friends instead of reaching out to all — as it is just 8 months before graduation.
In college, she will probably have a totally new set of friends so she can forge new ties and hope those will be stronger and more lasting. Anyway, friends come and go. Those classmates-friends we had in college tend to stick with us after our school years as we normally land in the same field or industry. Moreover, in the end what really matter are the learnings from each friend we encounter in our lives. Learnings that help us to become better persons as we take our journey in this thing called life.
John Green shows us the generation of today. His characters may not be totally different from the St. However, this is their time.
We had ours. Thanks to Dra. Ranee for lending to me her copy of this book! View all 37 comments. Feb 05, Tricia added it. Did not finish.
This book was just too much--too much smoking, drinking, sex, and foul language. As a teenager, I hated it then and I don't want to rehash it now. I didn't care about any of the characters except Miles and I hated how he just went along with everything thrown in his path without a second thought--the smoking, drinking, porn, etc. Jul 01, Darth J rated it it was ok Shelves: I had been putting off reviewing this book for a while.
It also took me much longer to read than I thought it would. Having read An Abundance of Katherines and Paper Towns first, I can say that Green seems to repeat a lot of the same themes and personalities. This may have been his first book, but it was probably my least favorite of the ones I've already read.
The one thing I did like about this book and saved it from being a 1 star w I had been putting off reviewing this book for a while. The one thing I did like about this book and saved it from being a 1 star was the bufriedo, which is a fried burrito. View all 11 comments. Mar 04, Sarah rated it did not like it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I got 23 pages into this stink-bomb of a novel and had to put it down.
This is exceedingly rare for me, but it's just that bad.
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Our hero, Miles Halter, is a weird, spoiled kid who likes reading the ends of biographies just to get people's last words. He doesn't always even read the whole book, just the ending. Miles thinks this habit makes him deep. Miles is wrong. We know Miles is shallow from page 3. He's leaving his public school for a fancy boarding school, and only two friends, Marie and Will I got 23 pages into this stink-bomb of a novel and had to put it down.
He's leaving his public school for a fancy boarding school, and only two friends, Marie and Will, show up to bid him adieu. Miles does not appreciate this gesture because Marie and Will are dorks, theater geeks, and they like Jesus Christ Superstar , which Miles has somehow never heard of but already knows he doesn't like.
Also, Will is fat. The horror. Luckily for Miles, he is soon to escape this hellish existence of being forced to socialize with overweight people who don't recoil like demons at the name of Jesus. At his fancy-pants school, he meets Chip "The Colonel" his jerk of a roommate, but Chip's alright because he looks like "a scale model of Adonis" and he smokes. Then there's Takumi, who's Asian and talks with his mouth full.
So far, that is all we know about Takumi, and I have a horrible feeling that that is all we will ever know about Takumi. And then there's Alaska Young- "the hottest girl in the world" who introduces herself to Miles by gleefully recounting how she got groped by a random, randy boy over the summer. Alaska is like Miles in that she loves to read a word which here means "parse, but pretend to have read the whole thing" big nonfiction books.
Usually girls who like this kind of reading don't boast about their sexual exploits, because they are mature enough not to have any. They also don't drink, smoke, or partake of drugs. But to paraphrase Gandalf at the edge of Mirkwood, this is the John Green-verse, a world that only appears similar to ours, and we're in for all kinds of fun wherever we go. Chip gives Miles the nickname "Pudge" because Miles is skinny. Green clearly expects us all to be rolling in the aisles over this one.
Green's expectations are way off. The night before school begins, Miles gets abducted from his room while Chip is out. The boys who take him make him a duct tape mummy and throw him in a pond, an ordeal which he miraculously survives. These three guys tried to murder him, but they were thin and attractive and didn't say anything about Jesus, so we're cool. I neither know nor care what happens after this point.
Then Alaska goes drunk-driving and dies, prompting an existential crisis on the part of her friends, who wonder if the car crash was a purposeful suicide. They market this book to kids as young as twelve. John Green is not a particularly good writer, despite what you might have heard. His prose isn't bad, but it's hardly the ambrosial poetry it's been marketed as. The supposedly deep thoughts of the kids are clearly tacked on - it's not natural for Alaska to go from "OMG he honked my boob" her words, not mine to "General Bolivar wondered 'How will I ever get out of this labyrinth?
Nobody on Earth thinks, acts, or talks like this. Green clearly fancies himself a great sage of adolescence, and his characters worthy to keep the company of the best YA protagonists. What he doesn't realize is that the great characters are great because they're not sold to the reader as perfect; rather, they are shown to be real kids with flaws and virtues. A few examples: But unlike them, she learns the value of temperance, sacrifice, and humility.
But unlike Green's nihilistic dramatis personae, Anne believes fervently in Goodness - not just in God, while that's big, but in the inherent potential of every human being.
She also recognizes her mistakes and learns from them. His friends encourage him to smoke and eventually he drinks on campus as well. The Colonel is furious about this, and he and Alaska work on a plan to get back at them. Over time, the group discovers that Kevin and Longwell thought that the Colonel had ratted to the Eagle, the dean of students, about two students named Marya and Paul.
For much of the first semester, how Marya and Paul got expelled is a mystery, but eventually Alaska tells Takumi that she reported them, and Takumi tells Miles. The Eagle caught Alaska breaking the rules and threatened expulsion unless she gave him information about other students. The Colonel is furious when he finds out that Alaska was responsible, because he takes loyalty very seriously.
Alaska and Miles spend Thanksgiving break on campus together, and then everyone goes home for Christmas. Meanwhile, Alaska and the Colonel send fake progress reports with failing grades to a number of Weekday Warrior parents. The next morning the group hangs out and gets drunk in a barn.Books by John Green. Rather, table. The This scholarship demonstrates that the way responsibility of youth, in this model, centers on ac- people experience the time in life commonly referred cepting and abiding by adult-set rules and guidelines to as adolescence varies widely and is generally more and improving the mind and body in the movement dependent upon sociocultural, historical, and ideologi- toward adulthood.
Learnings that help us to become better persons as we take our journey in this thing called life. He had his first smoke and drink among other things after joining the campus. And I loved some of them, like really did. The leading main character is almost always bland and boring, take for example, Paper Towns or this book, Looking for Alaska. View all 25 comments. It's more of a tale of how love isn't as translucent as it seems.
To stories depict not only youth but also the adults in address this gap, our analyses of these two texts em- the novel, considering questions such as: Are youth ploy a distinct critical lens for interpretative examina- presented as fundamentally different from adults, or tions of young adult literature, an approach we term a do some youth and adults share traits?
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