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Looking for Alaska

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Looking for Alaska
By: John Green
Setting
Culver Creek boarding school
Birmingham, Alabama
Characters
a presentation by kaitlin steinfort
Alaska Young- dynamic character

wild, adventurous, mischievous, crazy personality. strong opinions. feelings and emotions change throughout the book.
Miles Halter "Pudge"- dynamic character
starts off sheltered and innocent. changed by Alaska. in love with Alaska. last words.
Chip Martin "the Colonel"- static character
Pudge's roomate. old friend of Alaska and Takumi. stays the same throughout most of the book. minor conflicts. interesting. involved.
Takumi Hikohitoska- flat character
old friend of the Colonel and Alaska. not a focus point. gain more information throughout book. gets interesting.
Lara Buterskaya- flat character
new to culver creek. Pudge's temporary girlfriend. not much change throughout book. used to show some of Pudge's changes.
Summary
Exposition
Miles,"Pudge", moves from Florida to start
attending Culver Creek boarding school. He makes friends and quickly falls in love with Alaska Young.
Rising Action
Alaska changes Pudge the first night they meet. They talk about the labyrinth of suffering.
Pudge starts drinking and smoking
Pudge spends Christmas with Alaska
Alaska hints she has no home
Alaska talks about white flowers in her childhood
prank
Alaska reveals information about her mothers death
Pudge is in love with Alaska(overall)
Conflict
person vs. self- Miles "Pudge" is trying to discover himself. "Pudge" is who he became at Culver Creek, a boy with an adventurous and crazy personality but the old Miles Halter a shy and antisocial boy is still a part of him.
"Pudge" is trying to know and understand Alaska Young.
Climax
Pudge, Alaska and the Colonel hang out.
Alaska and the Colonel are drunk, Pudge is not
Alaska and Pudge play truth or dare
Alaska dares Pudge to kiss her. He does. (strong emotional meaning for Pudge)
Alaska gets a phone call
Alaska freaks out and screams about forgetting something
Alaska tells Pudge and the Colonel that she has to go
Pudge and the Colonel sneak her off campus
the next morning the dean announces that Alaska died in a car crash by hitting a police car driving drunk
Falling Action
the Colonel and Pudge feel guilty
funeral
the Colonel and Pudge start investigating her death
They talk to the cop that was there when she died. He tells them that she didn't swerve at all. He also tells them that he found white flowers in her car.
Pudge and the Colonel consider the fact that it might have been suicide but don't dwell on the idea.
Find flower doodles on payphone.
Writing in the General in his Labyrinth (straight and fast)
Takumi starts helping/ learns the truth
Lara, Takumi, Pudge and the Colonel pull the master prank left by Alaska
Takumi leaves a note saying that he had seen Alaska the night she died
confirms what she forgot
"'Damn it! How will I ever get out of this labyrinth?'"
"So what's the labyrinth?"
"That's the mystery, isn't it? Is the labyrinth living or dying? Which is he trying to escape- the world or the end of it?"

Resolution
Although it is never declared for sure whether or not Alaska was planning to commit suicide on that night it is assummed that she was going to at some point.Pudge forgives Alaska for dying and finally begins to understand the labyrinth of suffering.
Pudge's Personality/ Motives
"...I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.”
“There were so many of us who would have to live with things done and things left undone that day. Things that did not go right, things that seemed okay at the time because we could not see the future. If only we could see the endless string of consequences that result from our smallest actions. But we can’t know better until knowing better is useless.”
John Green
sensitive topics
common pain
real
deep
metaphors and analogies
not terribly hard literature
emotional
characters are often expressive
fights for teenagers
“awful things are survivable, because we are as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be. When adults say, “Teenagers think they are invincible” with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don’t know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old.”
Review
I think this book was very well written. John Green took a sad but common topic and showed it through the eyes of a group that isn't usually regarded in this situation. He didn't glorify or sugarcoat the pain in this type of situation and told the story how it might actually happen. I think this book would be good for people who enjoy reading young adult books and who enjoy characters with very strong and emotional opinions. I enjoyed this book a lot.
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