To shake up his play-it-safe, stay-at-home lifestyle, Florida teenager Miles "Pudge" Halter convinces his parents to let him attend a coed boarding school in Alabama. There he becomes instant friends with Chip, his edgy roommate, and with Chip's friend, the sexy, daring, and impossibly beautiful Alaska Young. Chip and Alaska are the perfect cure for boredom with their wit, pranks, and unpredictable behavior, and they're outcasts like Pudge. Chip is a brilliant scholarship student with a chip on his shoulder when it comes to rich kids who have never had to work for anything. And Alaska is dangerously moody and self-destructive. But how can Pudge resist falling in love with a girl who mesmerizes everyone she meets?
With chapter titles like "one hundred and thirty-six days before" (and, later, "seven days after"), readers know from the start that this spot-on portrait of teen angst and infatuation is on a countdown to tragedy, but that knowledge only makes them hang on every word. In his Printz Award-winning debut novel, John Green has created characters who are sure to haunt readers' memories for years after the last page has been turned.
Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award An ALA Best Book for Young Adults An ALA Quick Pick A Los Angeles Times 2005 Book Prize Finalist A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age A 2005 Booklist Editors Choice< A 2005 School Library Journal Best Book of the Year