Looking For Alaska

von John Green 
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Looking For Alaska
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Habe auch die deutsche Version im Bücherregal stehen, das Original ist mir jedoch trotzdem lieber. Ein tolles Buch!

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Viele Klischees und sehr vorhersehbar, mit ein paar ganz guten Gedanken.

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The author’s definitive edition of this bestselling and award-winning debut novel. Contains: • a brand-new introduction from John Green • never-before-seen passages from original manuscript • a Q&A with the author, responding to fans’ favourite questions Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words – and tired of his safe, boring and rather lonely life at home. He leaves for boarding school filled with cautious optimism, to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps. Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. It is poignant, funny, heartbreaking and compelling.


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    JosBuecherblogs avatar
    JosBuecherblogvor 9 Monaten
    Kurzmeinung: Mein liebstes Buch von John Green. Durch die englische Sprache bekommt man noch einmal einen ganz anderen Eindruck von seinem Schreibstil
    Philosophisch, traurig und wunderschön

    Ich habe zwar noch nicht so viel von John Green gelesen, aber er ist definitiv schon jetzt einer meiner Lieblingsautoren. Eine wie Alaska habe ich bereits auf Deutsch gelesen, allerdings finde ich die englischen Bücher oft besser, als die deutschen Übersetzungen, da diese ja übersetzt worden sind. Wenn man die Bücher auf ihrer Orginalsprache liest, verbreitet es oft ein ganz anderes Gefühl, da man so den wirklich Schreibstil des Autors entdecken kann. Und genau das habe ich bei diesem Buch so geliebt.
    Es gibt ja viele Ausgaben mit unterschiedlichen Covers, aber ich habe mich bewusst für dieses Cover entschieden, weil ich es einfach wunderschön finde. Die weiße Blume hat ja ihre ganz eigene Bedeutung im Buch und auch ihr abfallendes Blütenblatt symbolisiert die Art des Buches. Dabei wird ja auch auf ein bestimmtes Ereignis „heruntergezählt“. Diese Art von Kapiteleinteilung finde ich sehr gelungen, da man einen klaren Zeitüberblick hat und dieses Herunterzählen zusätzlich Spannung aufbaut, da man sich die ganze Zeit fragt, was an diesem Tag Null passiert.
    Die Charaktere haben mir alle auch sehr gut gefallen. Jeder hatte eine eigene Geschichte, die meist viel tiefer ging, als man zuerst dachte. Miles Begeisterung für letzte Worte hat mir ebenfalls sehr gefallen, da ich diesen Aspekt sehr interessant fand und mir durchaus ein paar merken werde.
    Dieses Buch quillt allgemein sowieso über mit tollen Zitaten. Diese schwirren mir die ganze Zeit im Kopf herum, da sie mich einfach so berühren.
    Dieses Buch sollte man absolut gelesen haben! Es bringt so viele tolle Werte, Lebensweisheiten und auch viel Humor mit sich, so dass man sich gleichzeitig amüsiert, aber auch etwas zum Nachdenken anregt wird.

    PS: Mir gefällt es lieber auf Englisch, aber das ist jedem selbst überlassen ;)

    Nikjess avatar
    Nikjesvor einem Jahr
    Sufferig is unpredictable

    Miles Halter is a really shy guy who hasn`t any friends to come to his going away party organised by his parents. He wants to sart a new life at  boarding school where he finds some nice friends. Expecially with Alaska Young, a really attractive Girl he makes first experiences in drinking, smoking and kissing. His most striking feature is his interest in biografies and the interest in answering the question, how somebody can get a way out of his Labyrinth of suffering. He becomes kind of mischief and organises pranks with his friends. He enjoys his time....until the bad accident changes his whole life. Alaska is died. He can´t accept this destiny and wants to get to know how this could happen. But till the end he finds peace and believes in god and a better place over there. The last prank the friends are organising is the final prank to remember Alaska.

    JustMes avatar
    JustMevor einem Jahr
    Kurzmeinung: Beautifully shows how different teenagers can deal with grief and other struggles of live.
    Teenage struggles

    What I realized while reading this book was, that I rarely read stories written in the perspective of a guy. Especially teenage (love)  novels tend to be narrated by girls. So it was nice to be a teenage boy for a change.

    And in the end it feels like we all have the same struggles. What I enjoyed about this book that it was more than a struggle to find love or wanting to be a famous actor or musician.

    Pudge was looking for meaning in his life. Trying to find answers in the last sentences of dead people or really caring about the answers of different religions.

    Mix that with a bunch of friends who are more the alternative group than your usual populars and are dealing with their own problems and it makes for some good stories.

    Of course, since this is a boarding school book, there are some epic pranks played as well and a 'rivaling' group of rich kids.

    I enjoyed reading the story. I feel like you have to be okay with not expecting a 'normal' love story narrative, but enjoying the weird places the thoughts of lost teenagers can go. And you'll enjoy this story as well.

    MrsFrasers avatar
    MrsFraservor einem Jahr
    Kurzmeinung: Unterhaltsames Jugendbuch mit ernsten Tönen. Sein lockerer Schreibstil lässt sich leicht lesen.
    Humorous, universal Coming-of-Age-Story

    John Green, of whom this was my first book, obviously excels in writing for young adults, in an age-appropriate language, dealing with serious topics like illness and death. Some of his books also made it into films, e.g. 'The Fault in our Stars' ('Das Schicksal ist ein mieser Verräter').

    In 'Looking for Alaska' Miles switches from his normal school, where he is but invisible, to a private boarding school. There he is, luckily, quickly adopted into a mixed clique by his roommate and some of his friends, one of them the erratically cranky Alaska. The kids do what kids do - they test boundaries. Of school rules and personal tolerance (not only alcohol-wise). Then something happens, which changes how Miles sees the world. Even more than before he now searches for the 'Great Perhaps', a reason or sense of being. Is there a way for each of us to get out of the 'Labyrinth' of personal suffering?

    A interesting stylistic device Green uses is the division of the book in two parts - Before/After. The chapters are, like a countdown, counting towards the central event and then measure the time passed after it happened. I like this, because each of us makes certain experiences in life which change our view of things and our values for ever. The light, humorous speech makes the book easy to read, nevertheless Green interlaces many moving sentences which are dead-on and hold some philosophical truths about (not only teenage) life.

    I think the book is great for young adults, pupils, because it hits topics they probably have not dealt with in real life themselves. I would like to compare Green's style with Nick Hornby who also writes ironically humorous about growing up. What lets me personally tend rather to Hornby than Green then are the edgy, non-standard themes and characters I have not necessarily yet encountered myself, where Greens message is so universal each one us beyond 30 should surely have made it on their own already.

    Steffi_2511s avatar
    Steffi_2511vor einem Jahr
    Not your typical teenage novel

    Summary: Teenager Miles, the opposite of popular at his high school, decides to attend Culver Creek boarding school to seek his 'great perhaps' - something special in his life. There, he befriends the Colonel, Takumi, Lara and Alaska. Miles not only takes part in social life for the first time but also falls in love with Alaska, an outgoing girl with a darker side. When tragedy strikes, the teenagers have to deal with grief, guilt and the realization that life has to go on.

    Review: The novel is devided in two parts: before and after. That automatically creates suspense because you want to know what the special event is. The captions help a great deal with that. In my opinion, the story alone cannot accomplish that.  Green sets the climax in the middle of the novel. That may seem unconventional but works here perfectly. For me, the really climatic events happen in the second part when the teenagers have to deal with the death of Alaska.
    All in all, I am not really sure what to think of "Looking for Alaska". There are certainly great parts in it, especially Miles' final exam in his religion class, that makes you think. I also like Green's language and the fact, that it is not your typical teenage lovestory. And the characters all have a certain depth when you look closely. But on the other side, the story just floats along, pranks, smoking, school, pranks. Which, by the way, seem to crass. Does this really happen at boarding schools? Than I certainly missed out at a regular school.
    So in my opinion, "Looking for Alaska" is definitely worth reading, but I cannot fully understand the hype about the novel itself and John Green. I read Papertowns too and had the same feelings there.

    Sakukos avatar
    Sakukovor einem Jahr
    Kurzmeinung: Has decent parts and boring parts. Soap Opera at times. Didn't care for the main character, but the clique is awesome.
    The big MEH.

    Pudge is not quite satisfied with his uneventful live at home and decides to follow into his dads footsteps and go to a boarding school in Alabama to find, as he calls it, "the Great Perhaps".
    In his new school he becomes fast friends with his room mate Colonel, a poor scholarship kid with a big personality, and Alaska, a lively but moody girl he immediately develops a crush on.  Learning, drinking, smoking and pranks characterize the school days until one big event throws everything off course.

    This book has strength and it's weaknesses for me.
    The beginning feels very underwhelming. Pudge never becomes a very sympathetic character for me and I can't quite identify with him. He's a very beta person, letting his friends just pull him along as they want to. He starts smoking and drinking with them, even though he shows no inclination for it.
    I can't stand Alaska either. She's very quirky, loud, obnoxious at times, very secretive. And she changes her moods in a flash. Pudge falls for her in an instant.
    The book develops a soap opera kind of routine. I very much enjoy the Colonel and Takumi, even Lara. The pranks are fun at times, the snooping and the kids backstories, too. It has some funny moments, but it doesn't feel very deep or meaningful.

    Then the book very suddenly shifts into serious mode. I thought some parts of it seemed well written, while others felt very much over the top, dramatized. The end then fades again into a very boring not much at all. There's some philosophical thinking, that I though was pretty expected and not exactly big revelations, but maybe it works better for teens.
     The characters get distant again, just Pudge remaining, and as I said, I don't much care for him.

    The book certainly is well written, but I didn't care for the up and down in lightheartedness and seriousness and the muddle of teenage drama.

    StefanieFreigerichts avatar
    StefanieFreigerichtvor einem Jahr
    Kurzmeinung: Teenager-Buch - sollte nicht nur an Teenager verschwendet werden, sorry ;-) über Liebe, Verlust, den Sinn von allem, Freundschaft, Vertrauen
    The Great Perhaps

    A book that should not be “wasted“ (sorry) only on teenagers…

    Miles Halter is sixteen when he succeeds in persuading his parents to send him to Culver Creek, the boarding school that is a tradition in his dad’s family. He hopes for…well, more: Something of a loner, with no real friends at his old school, his hobby is reading biographies – and collecting famous persons‘ last words on their dying beds.He argues with his parents: “I go to seek a Great Perhaps“. p. 8, PERHAPS not what he is living with now.

    Miles‘ start in Birmingham, Alabama, comes with roommate ‘The Colonel‘ – and a very pretty girl named Alaska who offers more than just a little danger to the peace of mind. Well, Miles might collect last words – but moody and somewhat unpredictable Alaska is an avid reader and soon challenges him: on death, life, pulling of a prank, the sense of everything. Something of the trouble raiser she is, she pulls him into her world, „Sometimes you lose a battle. But mischief always wins the war.“ p. 71, Miles still feels deeply attracted. Or, as the Colonel puts it: „I just did some calculations, and I’ve been able to determine that you’re full of shit.“ p. 98

    Both, his teachers, the school and his new friends prove to be demanding for Miles, and his former attitude of shrugging everything off and rather living a lonely life where nothing might really matter. Things do begin to matter, though, and Miles and his friends do have to make up their minds as they will be forever shaken by what happens.

    The tone is light, the book is an easy read – but it comes up with a good set of intelligent questions on life, death, loyalty, meaning, loss, and friendship – without giving too easy answers but rather offering a guideline along the way. Clearly dedicated for teens, I still found it enjoyable even as a grown-up (somewhat to my surprise, I did not like teen lit much even when I was a teen). One might find some persons lacking more detail – but then, just as they are, I guess they offer better potential for simply more identification, so – I liked the book as it is! Author John Green does not shy of really getting to the matter – may it be teenage drinking, smoking, loss, death, or first sexual experiences. I will never ever look at my tooth paste innocently again!

    Recommendation – particularly for the 10th anniversary edition. Not only does it look sophisticated (and that coming from me, I HATE cover shopping) with its gold and black and white style, the metallic look and the slight embossing of details, gorgeous with its black edge and black flyleaf/endpaper (yes!). It also comes with an extra introduction and an attachment which will help you better understand the story and its making.

    Follow up:
    Movie: Harvey (deutsch: Mein Freund Harvey) James Stewart. No other version allowed.
    Book: Colin Higgins: „Harold and Maud“ (Harold und Maud…). There also is a decent movie for it, the book goes slightly deeper, the movie has got very apt music. Deuce.

    Or, as Alaska would recommend: Gabriel Garçia Marques "The General in His Labyrinth"

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    Dreamcatcher13vor 2 Jahren
    Kurze, kurze Rezension

    Toller Schreibstil, bunte Charaktere, lustige Dialoge und einfach diese jugendliche Lässigkeit mit der John Green schreibt machen dieses Buch lesenswert. Ein wirklich schönes, trauriges, witziges und weises Buch.

    marlene1999vor 2 Jahren
    Kurzmeinung: Erste Liebe, hurmorvoll, traurig
    Looking for Alaska

    John Green kann sich in die Lage der Personen perfekt hineinversetzen. Das Buch ist ihm sehr gut gelungen! Es ist lustig, schön, und unendlich traurig! Man würde am liebsten selbst Alaska sein.......

    Evangeline2233s avatar
    Evangeline2233vor 2 Jahren
    Mein erster John Green.

    Das war das erste Buch, das ich von John Green gelesen habe und es hat sich stark von dem unterschieden, was ich sonst lese. Es war in zwei Teile aufgeteilt: Before und After.
    Vor allem der Before-Teil war sehr interessant geschrieben und hatte kaum Längen. Durch den Aufbau des Buches hat man immer darauf gewartet, dass etwas passiert. Der After-Teil zog sich stellenweise etwas und es gab keine richtigen Höhepunkte mehr.
    Das Thema hat mich aber angesprochen und ich fand die Geschichte durchaus sinnvoll und nachvollziehbar. Das war ein Buch, in dem es nur so von tollen Zitaten wimmelte und über das man auch nach der letzten Seite noch einige Zeit nachdenkt.


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    TanjaMaFis avatar

    "How will I ever get out of the labyrinth?"

    Arguably, John Green is one of the masters of teen fiction. His novels have been translated into numerous languages and sold millions of copies worldwide. This month's bookclub will address John Green's debut novel Looking for Alaska.

    Looking for Alaska is the heartbreakingly beautiful story of Miles who never fit in anywhere, his boarding school friends Colonel and Takumi and the somewhat mysterious Alaska. It also shows how just one mistake, one oversight can change everything ... Discover John Green's debut with us! 

    Join our  Let's Read in English book club and discuss great novels each month. Usually, there won't be any free books but you are welcome to discuss every book at your own convenience. If you participate actively (around 5 substantial posts), you can also earn a lottery ticket for the raffle at the end of the year! 

    More about the book 
    Before . Miles "Pudge" Halter's whole life has been one big non-event. Then he heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-butboring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into a new life, and steals his heart.
    After. Nothing is ever the same. 

    More about the author
    John Green was born in 1977 and initially became famous as a vlogger along with his brother Hank Green. His debut novel Looking for Alaska was awarded with the Michael L. Printz Award. The German edition was nominated for the Jungedliteraturpreis. His most famous novel is The Fault in Our Stars which was, like Paper Towns, also made into a movie.

    That sounds like a novel you'd enjoy? Great, come and join our book discussion. I'm looking forward to a great book club in May with you! 

    You are welcome to discuss the book in English. If you feel more comfortable doing it in German - no problem! Please feel free to use whatever language you are most comfortable with. 

    You love to read in English? Perfect! You can now join the Let's Read in English Challenge 2017 to read and discuss books with other readers.
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