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Looking for Alaska is John Green's first novel, published in March 2005 by Dutton Juvenile. It won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association, and led the association's list of most-challenged books in 2015 due to profanity and sexually explicit scenes. Looking for Alaska is inspired by Green's own experiences as a high school student. The story is told through the first-person narration of teenager Miles "Pudge" Halter, as he enrolls in a boarding school in order to "seek a Great Perhaps", in the words of Fran├žois Rabelais. Pudge meets one student in particular, the erratic Alaska Young, whom he falls in love with as she guides him through his own "labyrinth of suffering" until he is forced to continue this spiritual journey on his own.

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