Article Title

Looking for Alaska


Abigail Packard


Excellent, Young Adult, John Green, Boarding School, Friendship, Death, Grief, Romance

Document Type

Book Review


Miles “Pudge” Halter enrolls at Culver Creek Boarding School after going through the motions for year after year. It’s here that he meets the Colonel, Takumi, Lara, and Alaska. Despite working hard to get good grades, the group throws themselves into smoking, drinking, and pulling off epic pranks. But as the group grows closer, secrets come out. After a night filled with too much alcohol, Alaska and Miles finally seem to be getting somewhere, but all that comes to a halt when Alaska drives off, drunk, and is killed in a car accident. Miles and his friends can’t seem to function without Alaska’s spunk and leadership, and they can’t understand why such a young and vibrant life could come so haltingly to a close. As the school year finishes up, Miles and his friends work to pull of the most epic prank in honor of Alaska.