Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award An ALA Best Book for Young Adults An ALA Quick Pick A Los Angeles Times 2005 Book Prize Finalist A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age A 2005 Booklist Editor’s Choice A 2005 School Library Journal Best Book of the Year 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.
LOOKING FOR ALASKA
I went into this book knowing nothing about it. The other day I saw the audio was on sale and I grabbed it. I figured this would be a story about someone looking for the state of Alaska. As I began listening to the audio I kept waiting for how “Alaska” was going to play into the story and then I met Alaska. Alaska isn’t a place but instead a teenage girl.
Looking for Alaska is a heavier teen novel. One where kids are in a boarding school learning to survive without a lot of adult supervision. As a result of no parental involvement these teens spend their free time partaking in recreational smoking and drinking.
Maybe going into this book blind is the best way to digest it. Just knowing the basics of it is all you need to start reading it… it’s done as 2 parts – a BEFORE and an AFTER which revolves around an incident that happens at school. How the story got to the before and how the story deals with the aftermath is the journey the reader takes with the kids at Culver Creek Boarding School.
White tulips play a role in this story and after I finished the audio I looked up the meaning of them. They express an apology which totally fits this story. The underlying significance for both an apology needed and one offered is HUGE. *zipping my lips before I reveal more of the story*
But before I go… I’m going to leave you with a funny interaction between 2 characters in the book because it has my name in it: FOX.
“What the hell is that?”
“It’s my fox hat.”
“Your fox hat?”
“Yeah, Pudge. My fox hat.”
“Why are you wearing your fox hat?”
“Because no one can catch the motherfucking fox.”
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