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Top Teen Title #9

#9 Looking for Alaska by John Green – 2005. Puffin, 2005. ISBN: 9780142402511 ,221  pp.

Publisher’s Description: Miles “Pudge” Halter is abandoning his safe, boring life. Fascinated by the last words of famous people, Pudge leaves for boarding school to seek what a dying Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” Pudge becomes encircled by friends whose lives are everything but safe and boring. Their nucleus is razor-sharp, sexy, and self-destructive Alaska, who has perfected the arts of pranking and evading school rules. Pudge falls in love with her. When tragedy strikes the close-knit group, though, it is only in coming face-to-face with his problems that Pudge discovers the value of living and loving unconditionally. John Green’s stunning debut marks the arrival of a stand-out new voice in young adult fiction.

Quotes from Readers: Has it all, angst, romance, religion, mystery, it’s a life-changing read!

Great for fans of Holden Caulfield :)

I love all of John Green’s books and recommend them regularly. I usually have to hand sell this book, but many teens enjoyed it once they gave it a chance.

Online reviews: Goodreads, LibraryThing, Shelfari, TeenReads, TeensReadToo.

Awards: ALA Printz Award (2006), ALA Teens’ Top Ten (2005), A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year (2005), Booklist Editors’ Choice (2005), NYPL Best Book for the Teen Age, An ALA/YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers (2006),British Fantasy Award for Top Ten (2006), Los Angeles Times Book Prize (2005), Michigan Library Association Thumbs Up! Award Nominee (2006), ALA’s Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults (2006), The Inky Awards for Silver Inky (2007)

Diane’s note: Love this title for older YA readers. I’m such a fan of John Green that I nearly climbed off my down escalator to jump on his up escalator to chat.


  1. Also great for fans of Holden Caulfield:

  2. Yes, yes, yes, this book has hooked many, many 15 -17 year old boys to reading in my library. As soon as I tell them Alaska is a girls name, they are interested. Totally recommended.
    Library Manager, rural New Zealand