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Looking for Alaska
by John Green
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 14-18
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 930L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Speak
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2005
NO. PAGES: 160
GENRE{S}: Realistic Fiction, Literary Fiction
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Male
AWARD{S}:
Michael L. Printz Award
Kirkus Reviews - Best Children or Starred Review
ISBN: 014241221X
READ & REVIEWED BY: Shannon - StorySnoop


The Story
Looking for Alaska—Book Review

When sixteen-year-old Miles goes off to his first year of boarding school, he is anxious to have some real life experiences. He makes his first real friends, among them, the larger than life Alaska Young. Enchanted by her, he is swept into the roller coaster ride that is Alaska's life, until tragedy strikes and he is left looking for answers about life....and death.
The Scoop
Looking for Alaska—Book Review
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This highly decorated book is fast-paced and intelligently written. Readers will relate to Miles' typical teen feelings of wanting to belong, falling in love, and loyalty to his friends. Parents and teachers are all good role models. Although these characters are not perfect (they sneak out of their boarding school, smoke, drink, fool around, and one character experiences oral sex.), they are human and lovable with good morals. Much is made about their academic smarts. When a main character dies, some interesting themes are examined: grief, coping, and exploring the world's religions to find answers about life and death.
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by harrypotter28 {YOUTH}
on Thursday, August 5th, 2010 07:59:15 PM

This book has made me almost cry. After reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson (also by John Green) and Looking for Alaska, I continue to think how John Green is a masterful storyteller in the way he always manages to strike at his readers' hearts.
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