Miles is obsessed with famous last words, and it is Francois Rabelais' last word which inspire him to convince his parents to send him to a boarding school in Alabama; in search of "the Great Perhaps." There Miles quickly makes friends with his new roommate, Colonel, and another group of students including Alaska Young. Miles bonds with his new friends by participating in traditional pranks against another clique in the school. Along the way he is captivated by Alaska's free and wild nature, but their reckless behavior does not come without consequences.
John Green effectively creates characters that his young adult readers will be able to identify themselves with. This book provides an excellent opportunity of adults and teens to break down the barriers of communication to discuss teen behaviors, relationships, guilt, and loss.
Green, J. (2005). Looking for Alaska. NY: Dutton