Looking for Alaska is John Green’s first novel, published in March by Dutton Juvenile. It won the Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library. Buy Cercando Alaska by John Green, L. Celi from Amazon’s Fiction Books Store. Everyday low prices on a huge range of new releases and classic fiction. Buy Cercando Alaska by John Green, L. Celi (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.
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It won the Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association and led the association’s list of most-challenged books in due to profanity and sexually explicit scenes. The novel is heavily based off John Green’s early life. As he explains, “I myself was once a guy from Florida who was obsessed with the dying words of famous people and then left home to attend a boarding school in Alabama. From the smoking hole to the swing Pudge and Alaska sat on, John Green based the entire setting off of his high school.
Greeen are loosely based on his high school experiences, including smoking cigarettes in cercndo woods instead of going to class. John Green discussed at a book talk in Rivermont Collegiate on October 19, that he got the idea of Takumi’s “fox hat” from a Filipino joohn who wore a similar hat while playing pranks at Indian Springs School. From the same book talk, Green also stated that the possessed swan in Culver Creek came from his student life at Indian Springs School as well, where there was also a swan of similar nature on the campus.
The two pranks that occur in the book are apaska to pranks that Green pulled at his high school. During the week of July 29,Looking for Alaska broke into the New York Times best seller list at number ten in Children’s Paperback, weeks more than seven years after it was released.
How will I ever get out of this labyrinth! Alaska sets Pudge up with a Romanian classmate, Lara. Unfortunately, Pudge and Lara have a disastrous date, ending with a concussed Pudge throwing up on Lara.
Alaska and Pudge grow closer and he begins to fall in love with her, although she insists on keeping their relationship platonic because she has a boyfriend that she insists she loves. On his first night at Culver Creek, Pudge is kidnapped and thrown into a lake by the “Weekday Warriors,” rich schoolmates who blame the Colonel and his friends for the expulsion of their friend, Paul.
There is much tension between Pudge’s friends and the Weekday Warriors because of Paul’s expulsion. Takumi claims that they are innocent because their friend Marya was also expelled during the incident. However, Alaska later admits that she told on Marya and Paul to the dean, Mr. Starnes, to save herself from being punished. The gang celebrates a series of pranks by drinking and partying, and an inebriated Alaska confides about her mother’s death from an aneurysm when she was eight years old.
Although she didn’t understand at the time, she feels guilty for not calling Pudge figures that her mother’s death made Alaska impulsive and rash. He concludes that the labyrinth was a person’s suffering and that humans must try to find their way out.
Afterwards, Pudge grows closer to Lara, and they start dating. A week later, after another ‘celebration’, an intoxicated Alaska and Pudge spend the night in each other’s presence, when suddenly Alaska receives a phone call which causes her to go into hysterics. Insisting that she has to leave, Alaska drives away while drunk with Pudge and the Colonel distracting Mr. They later learn that Alaska has crashed her car and died. The Colonel and Pudge are devastated and blame themselves, wondering about her reasons for undertaking the urgent drive and even contemplating that she might have deliberately killed herself.
The Colonel insists on questioning Jake, her boyfriend, but Pudge cerando, fearing that he might learn that Alaska never loved him.
They argue and the Colonel accuses Pudge of only loving an idealized Alaska that Pudge made up in his head. Pudge realizes the gresn of this and reconciles with the Colonel.
The whole school finds it hilarious; Mr. Starnes even acknowledges how clever it was. Pudge finds Alaska’s copy of The General in His Labyrinth with the labyrinth quote underlined and notices the words “straight and fast” written in the margins. He remembers Alaska died on the morning after the anniversary of her mother’s uohn and concludes that Alaska felt guilty for not visiting her mother’s grave and, in her rush, might have been trying to reach the cemetery. On the last day of school, Takumi confesses in a note that he was the last person to see Alaska, and he let her go as well.
Pudge realizes that letting her go doesn’t matter as much anymore. He forgives Alaska for dying, as he knows Alaska would forgive him for letting her go. After Alaska’s death, Pudge and Colonel investigate the circumstances surrounding the traumatic event. While looking aoaska answers, the boys are subconsciously dealing with their grief, and their obsession over these answers transforms into a search for meaning. Pudge and Colonel want to find out the answers to certain questions surrounding Alaska’s death, but in reality, they are enduring their own labyrinths of suffering, a concept central to the novel.
When their theology teacher Mr. Hyde poses a question to his class about the meaning of life, Pudge takes this opportunity to write about it as a labyrinth of suffering. He accepts that it exists and admits that even though the tragic loss of Alaska created his own labyrinth of suffering, he continues to have faith in the “Great Perhaps,'” meaning that Pudge must search for meaning in his life through inevitable grief and suffering.
Literary scholar Barb Dean analyzes Pudge and the Colonel’s quest for answers as they venture greeb finding deeper meaning in life. Because this investigation turns into something that is used to deal with the harsh reality of losing Alaska, it leads to Pudge finding his way through his own personal fercando of suffering greeh finding deeper meaning to his life.
When Alaska dies unexpectedly, the repercussions in the lives of her jjohn are significant, especially for Pudge and the Colonel.
Scholar Barb Dean concludes that it is normal to seek answers about what happened and why. She also points out that in writing Looking for AlaskaJohn Green wished to dive deeper into the grieving process by asking the question “how does one rationalize the harshness and messiness of life when one has, through stupid, thoughtless, and very human actions, contributed to that very harshness? Because of this, their grieving process consists of seeking answers surrounding her death since they feel that they are responsible.
Ultimately, Miles is able to come to the conclusion that Alaska would forgive him for any fault of his in her death and thus his grief is resolved in a healthy way. Throughout the book, the events that Miles and other characters experience are typical coming-of-age situations. By the end of the book, it is clear that Miles has grown throughout the year.
Book reviews often note this theme, bringing up the instances in the book such as grief that cause the characters to look at life from a cercabdo and more mature perspective.
The theme of hope plays a major role in Looking for Alaska. Even though some of the novel’s prominent themes are about death, grief and loss, John Green ties hope into the end of the novel to solve Pudge’s internal conflict brought on by Alaska’s death.
In Barb Cercanro chapter about the novel, she takes a closer look into Mr. Hyde’s theology class where he discusses the similarity of the idea of hope between the founding figures of Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism. Hyde also gfeen the class what their call for hope is, and Pudge decides his is his escape of his personal labyrinth of suffering. For Pudge, his call for hope is understanding the reality of suffering while also acknowledging that things like friendship and forgiveness can help diminish this suffering.
Dean notes that Green has said that he writes fiction in order to “‘keep that fragile strand of radical hope [alive], to build a fire in the darkness.
Reviews of Looking for Alaska are generally positive. Many comment on the relatable high school characters and situations as well as more complex ideas such as how topics like grief are handled.
Overall, many reviewers agree that this is a coming of age story that is appealing to both older and younger readers. Parents and school administrators have questioned the novel’s language, sexual content, and depiction of tobacco and alcohol use.
Printz award in and ecrcando also won praise from organizations such as the American Library Association, School Library Journal, and the Los Angeles Times alasska others. In in Marion County, Kentucky, parents have urged schools to drop it from the curriculum, referring to it as influencing students “to joh with pornography, sex, drugs, alcohol and profanity.
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After the challenge, students were given an alternate book for any parents who were not comfortable with their children reading the book. One parent still insisted on getting the book banned and filed a Request for Reconsideration on the basis that Looking For Alaska would tempt students to experiment with drugs, alcohol, and sex despite the decisions made after the challenge.
Looking For Alaska was challenged by parents for its sexual content and moral disagreements with the novel. Despite the teachers providing an alternate book, parents still argued for it to be removed from curriculum due to its inappropriate content such as offensive language, sexually explicit content, including a scene described as “pornographic”, and references to homosexuality, drugs, alcohol, and smoking.
The book was ultimately kept in the curriculum by the school board after a unanimous school board vote with the stipulation that the teachers of the 11th grade class give the parents a decision to have their children read an alternate book. Looking for Alaska was defended by the school district because they felt it dealt with themes relevant to students of this age, such as death, drinking and driving, and peer pressure.
In MarchThe Knoxville Journal reported that a parent of a year-old Karns High School student objected to the book’s placement on the Honors and Advanced Placement classes’ required reading lists for Knox County high schools on the grounds that its sex scene and its use of profanity rendered it pornography.
The school’s spokesman argued that two pages of the novel included enough explicit content to ban the novel. Further controversy came from the cover art. In AugustGreen acknowledged that the extinguished candle on the cover leads to “an improbable amount of smoke”, and explained that the initial cover design did not feature the candle. Green said that certain book chains were uncomfortable with displaying or selling a book with a cover that featured cigarette smoke, so the candle was added beneath the smoke.
Further paperback releases of the book also have the candle removed. Green defended his book in his vlogVlogbrothers. Green defends the inclusion of the oral sex scene in Looking for Alaska stating, “The whole reason that scene in question exists in Looking for Alaska is because I wanted to draw a contrast between that scene, when there is a lot of physical intimacy, but it is ultimately very emotionally empty, and the scene that immediately follows it, when there is not a serious physical interaction, but there’s this intense emotional connection.
He also condemns the way that groups of parents underestimate the intelligence of teenagers and their ability to analyze literature. He ends with encouraging his viewers to attend the Depew School Board hearing to defend the choice of parents, students, and teachers to have Looking for Alaska included in public schools. The film rights to the novel were acquired by Paramount Pictures in The screenplay was potentially going to be written and directed by Josh Schwartz creator of The O.
Weberscreenwriters for Temple Hill Entertainment who had worked on adaptations for The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Townswould be writing and executive producing for the film. Later inJohn Green announced in a Vlogbrother’s video and on social media that the film adaption has once again been shelved indefinitely.
On May 9,it was announced that Hulu would be adapting the novel into an 8-episode limited series. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Looking for Alaska Looking for Alaska first edition cover. Printz Winners and Honor Books”. Archived from the original on Questions about Writing and Inspiration”. Retrieved 14 May Retrieved 15 September The New York Times. Journal of Intellectual Freedom Blog. Retrieved 7 December Penguin Young Readers Group.