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2005
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Characters
Miles Halter (Male), Student, Nickname is "Pudge"; leaves home to attend a boarding school; falls in love with Alaska
Alaska (Female), Student, Sexy; self-destructive; prankster
Genre
Fiction
Juvenile
Suspense
Thriller
Topics
First loves
Pranks
Friendship
Tragedy
High school students
Death
Setting
Florida - South (U.S.)
Alabama - South (U.S.)
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  Publishers Weekly Review

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
Summary
The award-winning, genre-defining debut from #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars <br> <br> Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award<br> Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist<br> New York Times bestseller <p><br> First drink<br> First prank<br> First friend<br> First girl<br> Last words<br> <br> Miles "Pudge" Halter is abandoning his safe-okay, boring -life. Fascinated by the last words of famous people, Pudge leaves for boarding school to seek what a dying Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps."<br> Pudge becomes encircled by friends whose lives are everything but safe and boring. Their nucleus is razor-sharp, sexy, and self-destructive Alaska, who has perfected the arts of pranking and evading school rules. Pudge falls impossibly in love. When tragedy strikes the close-knit group, it is only in coming face-to-face with death that Pudge discovers the value of living and loving unconditionally.<br> John Green's stunning debut marks the arrival of a stand-out new voice in young adult fiction.<br>  </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>
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