Get personalized recommendations and earn points toward a free book!
Check Out
The Bestselling Books of All Time
See the List

Looking for Alaska

Best Seller
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Paperback
Dec 28, 2006 | 272 Pages
See All Formats (3) +
  • Paperback $12.99

    Sep 24, 2019 | 272 Pages | Young Adult

  • Paperback $12.99

    Dec 28, 2006 | 272 Pages | Young Adult

  • Hardcover $18.99

    Mar 03, 2005 | 240 Pages | Young Adult

  • Ebook $9.99

    Aug 14, 2008 | 256 Pages | Young Adult

Product Details

Praise

Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award
A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
A New York Times Bestseller • A USA Today Bestseller
NPR’s Top Ten Best-Ever Teen Novels
TIME magazine’s 100 Best Young Adult Novels of All Time
A PBS Great American Read Selection
 
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Top 10 • An ALA Quick Pick • A Booklist Editors’ Choice selection • A Kirkus Best Book of the Year • An SLJ Best Book of the Year • A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best • A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age

“What sets this novel apart is the brilliant, insightful, suffering but enduring voice of Miles Halter.” —Chicago Tribune
 
Looking For Alaska is a showcase to the raw talent John Green has, the kind of talent that can make you close the crisp last page of a novel and come out as a different person….

A gem of modern literature.” —Guardian 
 
★ “What sings and soars in this gorgeously told tale is Green’s mastery of language and the sweet, rough edges of Pudge’s voice.” —Kirkus

★ “Alive with sweet, self-deprecating humor.” SLJ
 
“Funny, sad, inspiring, and always compelling.” Bookpage
 
“The spirit of Holden Caulfield lives on.” Kliatt 
 
“Stunning conclusion . . . one worthy of a book this good.” Philadelphia Inquirer
 

Awards

Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award WINNER

Michael L. Printz Award Winner WINNER 2006

Los Angeles Times Book Prize HONOR 2006

Author Q&A

Grew up in?

Orlando, Florida and Birmingham, Alabama

Childhood ambition?

For a little while, I wanted to be an earthworm scientist. But from about the age of six on, I wanted to write.

Desert island book?

My favorite books _about_ a desert island is “Lord of the Flies.” The book I’d take to a desert island would be “The Collected Works of Shakespeare,” because it is long (and therefore excellent kindling) and can be read again and again.

Favorite city?

Chicago

Favorite movie?

Rushmore

Where do you write?

In a little office off of our bedroom.

What made you decide to write Looking for Alaska?

I always wanted to write a novel, but I guess I started writing that particular one because I was thinking a lot about loss.

What would you like readers to learn from Miles?

I’m not sure I want anyone to learn anything from reading my books necessarily, but I do hope that Miles’ story gets readers thinking seriously about what our values and priorities should be.

What adjectives would you use to describe Looking for Alaska?

Oh jeez. I’ll leave that to the critics. I like it a lot when people call it “salingeresque” and “funny” and “not too long.”

Favorite food?

Sushi

Favorite song?

“New Partner,” by the Palace Brothers

Favorite item of clothing?

My lucky boxers. i was wearing them when I got engaged, when I got married, and when I won the Printz Award. (And no, I do not wear them every day.)

Greatest achievement?

Getting married, I think. Publishing a book is extremely difficult, but getting married is–at least in my experience–even more difficult.

Most embarrassing moment?

One time I got into thee separate car accidents (all minor) with three separate cars during a 12-hour period, and the same police officer showed up at the scene of all three accidents. I was pretty embarrassed when I saw her for the third time in an day.

Smartest thing you ever did?

The smartest thing I ever did was choosing to go to boarding school.

Life motto?

Either: “amor vincit omnia, et nos cedamus amori.” (Love conquers all, and so we shall yield to it.)

Or: “illigitimis non caroborundum” (Don’t let the bastards get you down.)

Or: I go to seek a great perhaps

Back to Top