Miles Halter leaves his parents’ home in Florida to attend Culver Creek Preparatory High School in Alabama and find the “Great Perhaps”. He never has had friends and spends most of his time memorizing famous people’s last words. At Culver Creek he quickly falls into a group many would consider the wrong crowd. Miles’ roommate, Chip Martin, nicknames him Pudge on account of his slender build, and together they befriend a completely unstable girl named Alaska Young. A few more deviants are added to the group and they open Miles’ eyes to drinking, drugs, sex and school pranks. After some of their poor choices play out, they learn that their junior year will never be the same.
Looking for Alaska has a ton of potential — it has great characters that are just quirky enough to be really likable. Sadly, though, there is so much muck in this book and it takes away from the story.
Rated: DIRT due to well over 50 swear words. (At least 17 of which are the f-word.) There also are two detailed sex scenes when Miles loses his virginity and when he watches his first pornographic film. This book is not appropriate for its intended young adult audience.