Miles “Pudge” Halter, 16, is tired of his lonely, boring life. Instead of moping about in misery, he goes in search of the “Great Perhaps” by talking his parents into letting him attend a boarding school in Alabama. There he meets a group of unusual friends, Colonel his roommate; Alaska the hottest and smartest girl he has ever met and Takumi. Together they forge an intense bond of friendship that changes each one of them.
This slim novel is full of the rich intimacy that seems to only come in teenage friendships. Told with humor and compassion, ‘ Looking for Alaska’ is not an easy read-it will challenge and evoke emotions that you are not expecting from a young adult novel. Intense, well-developed characters become good friends by the end of the novel. The boarding school setting is integral to the plot development and the overall tone of the book-teenagers experimenting, loving and struggling to discover their true identity in an environment of strict social class, rules and regulations. 2005, 221 pages.
2006 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature winner.