John Green’s Looking for Alaska is a coming-of-age story that deals with the intricacies of loss, hope, and the making of one’s way through life.
The story chronicles the junior year of Miles “Pudge” Halter, a boy from Florida obsessed with famous last words. He moves to Culver Creek Preparatory School, Alabama, where he meets his band of haphazard friends: Chip “The Colonel” Martin, Takumi Hikohito, and Alaska Young. Pranks ensue, love blossoms, and life is contemplated as Miles navigates his way through foreign physical and emotional terrain.
Having heavily influenced the characters and settings off of his own high school experience, Green is able create the rich depiction of wanderlust that Looking for Alaska is.
From searching for the “Great Perhaps” to attempting to escape the “labyrinth,” Looking for Alaska leaves the reader a little more content with the inevitability of life.