The unmissable first novel from bestselling and award-winning author of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. "In the dark beside me, she smelled of sweat and sunshine and vanilla and on that thin-mooned night I could see little more than her silhouette, but even in the dark, I could see her eyes - fierce emeralds. And not just beautiful, but hot too." BEFORE. ...Read MoreThe unmissable first novel from bestselling and award-winning author of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. "In the dark beside me, she smelled of sweat and sunshine and vanilla and on that thin-mooned night I could see little more than her silhouette, but even in the dark, I could see her eyes - fierce emeralds. And not just beautiful, but hot too." BEFORE. Miles Halter's whole life has been one big non-event until he starts at anything-but-boring Culver Creek Boarding School and meets Alaska Young. Gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, screwed up and utterly fascinating she pulls Miles into her world, launches him into a new life, and steals his heart. But when tragedy strikes, and Miles comes face-to-face with death he discovers the value of living and loving unconditionally. AFTER: Nothing will ever be the same. Poignant, funny, heartbreaking and compelling, this novel will stay with you forever.Read Less
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This book was the third that I'd read by John Green and I had no idea what to expect at first.
However, once I started reading I couldn't stop. The plot of the book took such a massive turn that even in the middle when I was already hooked, it pulled me along even farther as the plot thickened. I would definitely recommend reading this book if you enjoyed any of John Green's other books or if you want a nice read.
Sep 27, 2009
When first introduced to Alaska Young in the novel, I saw a mirror image of myself: books stacked on every free space of the room because of an inbred fear that I will one day not have anything to read. Albeit our liknesses strayed after that initial point, I am still very fond of Alaska as a character and have put her on my favorites list of strong female characters. A must-read for any young adult.
Mar 18, 2008
This book makes you think
As a young adult reader, I feel that this work widely appeals to today's contemporary society. What young adult hasn't felt the angst of everyday life, hasn't planned the perfect senior prank, hasn't experienced the difficulties of school? As a novel that deals head on with these topics, I think its success is clear. The novel also poses some interesting concepts designed to make the reader ponder these things long after finishing the last chapter. The topics are current, the questions are real, and the plot is easy to relate to. One of the best novels ever, in my opinion!
Jan 31, 2008
A powerful book by one of my favorite young adult authors. I enjoy well-written quirky characters, and the main three in this book fit the bill perfectly. I don't want to ruin the twist in the middle, because the shock is a large part of what made the book for me, but I will say that I was far more affected than I would have predicted. I love the unresolved ending, and I have my own idea as to what happened (as, I'm sure, does everyone who's read the book). I enjoyed Green's An Abundance of Katherines more, but that might have something to do with my overwhelming love of footnotes. This one isn't as funny, but it's a more resonating story.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-02-07 This ambitious first novel introduces 16-year-old Miles Halter, whose hobby is memorizing famous people's last words. When he chucks his boring existence in Florida to begin this chronicle of his first year at an Alabama boarding school, he recalls the poet Rabelais on his deathbed who said, "I go to seek a Great Perhaps." Miles's roommate, the "Colonel," has an interest in drinking and elaborate pranks-pursuits shared by his best friend, Alaska, a bookworm who is also "the hottest girl in all of human history." Alaska has a boyfriend at Vanderbilt, but Miles falls in love with her anyway. Other than her occasional hollow, feminist diatribes, Alaska is mostly male fantasy-a curvy babe who loves sex and can drink guys under the table. Readers may pick up on clues that she is also doomed. Green replaces conventional chapter headings with a foreboding countdown-"ninety-eight days before," "fifty days before"-and Alaska foreshadows her own death twice ("I may die young," she says, "but at least I'll die smart"). After Alaska drives drunk and plows into a police car, Miles and the Colonel puzzle over whether or not she killed herself. Theological questions from their religion class add some introspective gloss. But the novel's chief appeal lies in Miles's well-articulated lust and his initial excitement about being on his own for the first time. Readers will only hope that this is not the last word from this promising new author. Ages 14-up. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2007-01-22 Teenager Miles chronicles his first year at boarding school. According to PW, "The novel's chief appeal lies in Miles's well-articulated lust (for Alaska, the title girl) and his initial excitement about being on his own for the first time." Ages 14-up. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2006-11-13 Green's young adult novel debut won him many admirers in its 2005 print incarnation, and that success is likely to be repeated with this admirable audio version-impeccably read by Jeff Woodman, a veteran actor with more than 200 audiobooks to his credit as well as lots of stage and television work. Woodman is especially good at quickly bringing to life three very different characters: Miles, a 16-year-old from a safe, middle-class Florida home; his new boarding school roommate, the angry, brilliant Chip, a scholarship student from a poor family; and most intriguing of all, the beautiful Alaska Young, a smart and funny breaker of hearts who carries some psychic scars of her own. Thanks to Woodman's skill at subtly capturing the energy, hopes and pain of these young people without resorting to vocal gimmicks, Green's insights into the impact they have on each other come across with full artistic strength. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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