Summary: A boy named Miles moves from Florida to a boarding school in Alabama, where he meets a boy called the Colonel and a girl named Alaska. The Colonel and Alaska befriend Miles and give him the nickname Pudge. They become a trio of trouble makers and pranksters and introduce Pudge to drinking and alcohol. Alaska disappears after the three were together in the Colonel and Pudge’s dorm room. The Colonel and Pudge then dive into a quest to discover what happened…
Evaluation: A great read, perfect blend of humor, mystery and real-life connections. This book will throw you into the lives of Pudge and the Colonel as they attempt to discover the mysteries of Alaska Young.
Summary: Looking for Alaska is a book about a junior named Miles a.k.a. Pudge. He left his old school where he was a nerd to go to a boarding school called Culver Creek. For the first time Pudge feels like he has real friends. Pudge falls in love with a mysterious girl, Alaska Young. Only a few hours after Pudge and Alaska kiss for the first time she drives away and gets in a terrible accident. Pudge and his closest friends are devistated, and depressed. Pudge and one of his best friends, the Colonel, try to solve the mystery of Alaska. They finally put all the pieces together and it brings them closure and acceptance although they will never meet anyone like Alaska again.
Evaluation: I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s the perfect book for young adults. I was always interested in the book, there were not any dull moments. It really gets you thinking about love and loss and other deep stuff.
Summary: This is a book about a boy named Miles Halter,a.k.a. Pudge, who decides to switch to a boarding school called Culver Creek. Where he goes through changes, emotionally, for the good and bad. (…SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read the rest unless you want to learn the ending of the book!…) With a new group of friends, he goes through travesty with the loss of a dear friend, and love, Alaska. While Pudge and The Colonel try to come to rest with the way Alaska happened to die.
Evaluation: This was truly a fantastic book! One of the best I have read in a long time. I was a little skeptical of the people that were telling me about how good this book was, but it was truly as good as they said. This is a very captivating book, that never would let me lose interest. If you haven’t already, this is a must read. Nobody will regret reading Looking For Alaska.
Summary: Miles leaves his public school in Florida, and heads up to his new boarding school in Alabama. When he gets there he is rooming with a guy who goes by the name of The Colonel. He introduces Miles to his friends, Alaska, Takumi and Lara. Alaska gives Miles the nickname Pudge and goes by that name for the rest of the book. They all become best friends who study, smoke, and drink together all the time. They play pranks and try to avoid the principal, AKA The Eagle. But when Pudge falls head over heels for Alaska, even though everyone knows he has no shot with her, things start to get complicated. Saying “Alaska is one of those complicated girls” is an understatement.
Evaluation: I loved this book. I don’t like reading all that much, so it takes me weeks to finish books. However, it was different with this book. I finished this book within a week. I could not put it down. The book has a before and after part of the book, but I did not like the after part. I feel like too much stuff happened in too short of a time. I felt all the emotions John was trying to have the reader feel. John Green is an awesome author.
Summary: Miles “Pudge” Halter goes to Culver Creek looking for new experinces and a world away from his parents. While there he meets the Colonel and the beautiful and mysterious Alaska, who introduces him to a whole world of adventure. When a death tears through their group, everyone is left struggling to find who she was and who they are without her. Culver Creek is left without answers, and Pudge and his friends soon learn that they have to accept the new reality they live in without their friend.
Evaluation: This book literally changed my life. It helps with the struggle of death by shining the light through those left behind. This poginant search for self in the face of loss during the complicated young adult years is amazing. The struggle for self in loss is something few young adult books tackle, and I think this book deals with that topic beautifully.
Summary: Miles Halter “Pudge” is moving to a boarding school named Culver Creek in search of fun and adventure. Which is exactly what he finds. Her name is Alaska Young and the most beautiful girl Miles had ever seen. During the semester they go on crazy adventures with the Colonel, Takumi, and Lara pulling major pranks and drinking and smoking all the while. But then a sudden death shakes Miles and his friends, and they are on a search for the reason behind the death as well as the way out of their own Ladybrith.
Evaluation: This book was really well thought out though a little bit boring in some spots. It was not as good as some people said it would be, but I was not disappointed. They way that John Green wrote about Miles’ love for Alaska was heart-felt and real. He really spoke on the fact that life happens and you have to get through it just like everybody else. This book is a really good life-lesson.
Recommendations: Along For the Ride, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Altar of Bones
Miles Halter, who recites famous last words, is inspired by a poet to find his “Great Perhaps.” In doing so, Miles moves to Culver Creek Boarding School where he is nicknamed “Pudge” by his new friends: The Colonel, Takumi, and Alaska. After a semester of school and mischief, Alaska suddenly leaves in the middle of the night. The new semester is spent looking for her and trying to understand her reasons for leaving. For semester finals, Pudge must answer Alaska’s long-pondered question, “How will we ever get out of this labyrinth of suffering?”
At first I didn’t understand the title of this book, but now I do. I like how there were sections entitled “Before” and “After.” Before Takumi revealed what he knew, I was thinking to myself that there was no way to figure out the big mystery. This book was basically a young adult novel and a mystery. At first, it wasn’t apparent that the storyline would turn into a mystery, but that just made the novel more intriguing.
Summary: Miles “Pudge” Halter decides to go to Culver Creek Boarding School in hopes of turning his “nonevent” life around. He gets introduced to a whole new world of risks, girls, and very well-executed pranks. “Pudge” experiences more with his new friends in those few months at Culver Creek than he ever has in his life. But when an unexpected death falls upon the boarding school, the tone of excitement and adventure in completely shifted. Miles and his roommate investigate to find out exactly how this person died, and when they finally come up with an answer, the only thing that’s changed is a sense of closure. Overall Miles gets the ultimate experience in going to Culver Creek and is changed forever because of it.
Evaluation: This is a really amazing book. There was a perfect blend of excitement, humor, tragedy, adventure, romance, and real-life teenage struggles as well as death. While reading Looking for Alaska, you’ll find yourself considering really heavy and psychological concepts even after you put down the book. I read it all so fast because it was impossible to stop reading. This is definitely one of my favorites, and it’s also one of those books that you actually learn a lot about yourself in reading it. I would definitely recommend it.
Recommendations: Paper Towns, Please Ignore Vera Deetz, Hotel On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Summary: A boy named Miles Halter, also known as Pudge, decides to attend Culver Creek Boarding school in Alabama. While attending, he meets his soon to be best friends, The Colonel, Alaska, Takumi, and Lara. They all do tons of crazy stuff together and Pudge is having a great time. But a sudden death rips all that fun apart and makes everyone within the friendship extremely sad, guilty, and depressed. Pudge and The Colonel try solving the death just out of their own curiosity, and finally come up with a verdict. They all cope as well as they can, but the experience of going to Culver Creek was both the worst and best things they had all ever done.
Evaluation: This book had been recommended to me numerous times, and I didn’t think it would be as good as some people said, but it was as good, if not better. It was never boring at all. It had everything in it: sadness, humor, happiness, and even a little sexual content. I read it all in one night, from start to finish, just because I couldn’t put it down. It was the best book I’ve read and got me thinking about a larger variety of psychological concepts and conflicts. I strongly recommend it, especially to someone around the same age as me.
Summary: When Miles’ parents send him off to boarding school, he doesn’t know what to expect. What he finds is drugs, alcohol, a few odd friends, and a new reason for existence: Alaska Young, prankster extrordanaire. Her death sends him into a quest to discover who she really was and the secrets behind her death.
Evaluation: I really enjoyed this book and could hardly stand putting it down. It was a perfect mix of adventure, humor, and bitter-sweet moments. Well worth the read.
Recommendation: The Help, Scarlet Feather, The Lake House