Observation: when pudgie pulls his prank he realizes that he dosnt have as much of a crush on Alaska then he did before
Hypothosis: Everything will go wrong and the Colonel will get in trouble with all that he has done with the Eagle 105
Why does it matter that they all go at different times to check back in with the Eagle?
I don't think that Lara and Pudgie will last because I think that he still has feelings for Alaska
They are very excited about how they were able to accomplish the prank (129)
Why did they let Alaska borrow the car so late that night? (133)
Because she wanted to go visit her moms grave (133)
Why does Pidgie denie that Akaska is not dead if inside he know that she really is dead?
Because he wants to think that she is always there with him
While they look through her room they are making themselfs feel worse (157)
Because they want to keep something to make sure that they remembered her always
People lie to become the people they want to be like but never will be like (159)
I think that they will never figure it out because they can not talk face to face to her again until they are in heaven with her (188)
Still,my mother perserved, awash in the delusion that I had kept my popularity secret from her all these years. (3 & 4)
I like how the author builds suspense thought the transition from day to day and still gives information by saying it was a number of days before a certain date. "One hundred thirty-six days before" (3).
I like the authors thorough description of the forest. "The ground was thick with fallen branches, decaying pine needles, and brambly green bushes; the path wound past pine trees..." (41).
I like how the author leaves you hanging at a place that is not suspenseful, like authors usually do. He leaves you at a part that makes you question the character you thought you knew rather than what was going to happen next. "'Y'all smoke to enjoy it. I smoke to die.'" (44).
I like how the author showed Alaska's thoughts on the situation with a metaphor. "Sometimes you lose a battle. But mischief always wins the war." (56).
I like how the author shows how much Pudge likes Alaska, he does this by showing he would do something risky he wouldn't normally do, just because Alaska told him to. "I worried about it for a moment... but I wanted to trust her, and so I did." (81).
John Greene shows how Pudge starts to get attached to the Creek in a subtle way. "I sat in the hatchback on the drive home- and that is how I thought of it: home-..." (93).
I like how Pudge described why religions created afterlives and how John Greene incorporated some philosophical thinking into his story and still stayed on topic. (100)
"The only thing worse than having a party that no one attends is having a party attended by only by twp vastly, deeply uninteresting people"pg (5). I feel like the main character is more worried about fitting in with the crowd who is popular and judging people. She is scared about being seen with people who don't matter in the world of any high school or middle school.
"I knew I ought to to cry, but I lived with my parents for sixteen years, and a trial separation seemed overdue" pg(7). This stood to me because I know a bunch of young girls who left their families would be sad and actually cry but I don't know why she isn't that way. Maybe there is something that nobody knows but her that happened in the house regarding her family.
I think it is interesting how John Greene expresses how often Pudge thinks about Alaska by incorporating her into his thoughts about unrelated things. (111)
John Greene helps you further understand what is really important to the Colonel and how hard life was for him before the Creek. He has the Colonel describe his best day as a the day where he buys his mom a house while everybody else's best days were about themselves.
he fact that John Greene left this major information about Alaska unknown until it was reavealed so soon before "after", makes me Think that Alaska's mother's death will have to do with after. (119).
"Still, my mother persevered, awash in the delusion that I had kept my popularity secret from her all these years" (3).
"But each time I took those few steps to and from the car to unload... the sun burned through my clothes and into my skin with a vicious ferocity that made me genuinely fear hellfire" (6).
The boy, Miles, expected the dorm room at his school to look way differently than it did. (6)
" If you had one to private school your freakin shorts would fit" pg (13). This stood out to me because I thought it was funny but it makes it seem like Chip thinks the only people who have money are the ones who go to private schools and the ones who go to public don't. Which isn't true maybe Chip is going through family problems at home
"Now, let's get some cigarettes and start this year off right" pg (14). This stood out because I remmeber the father saying to Mills to not get caught up with these things like he did when he was younger but I feel like Colonel will be like your not cool to hang out with me then.
"He blew a thin stream of smoke forcefully toward the lake" pg(17). This made me have an hypthesis because I feel like stress is at home and that sometimes when people smoke they are stressed out. Colonel is a smoking fiend because of the possibiliies of things that are going on at home.
"When your walking home at night, do you ever get creeped out do you ever want to run home" pg(21). This stood out me so much because I do that at night when im getting something out my kitchen and I turn off all the lights, I then run up the stairs. I feel like the author is doing a great job by bringing in the reader. John Green used such eloquence writing in this book that drawn the reader in to feel the same way as Alaska a girl in the book.
" You shouldn't hangout with that ********. Then they taped me up and hurled me in the water" pg (25). I want to know what did Colonel is doing to people that make them want to kill Pudge, do they think that Pudge will be like Colonel. Or is it that Alaska, is part of making Colonel the way he is now.
" I felt my whole body start to roll, and on the long list of unpleasent ways to die" pg (26). Pudge or also known as Miles his character is the type of person who would go through something and make a little smart joke about it and move on.
"They will regret messing with my friends" pg (28). I now know that Colonel doesn't want anybody messing with Pudge but he is here for him even if he just met him. Plus for someone to be called Colonel's friend you have to mean something to him because he seems like the type of person to keep things to himself.
" Last night I think before they woke you up, I guess- they pissed in my shoe" pg( 29). The guys in the beginning trying to throw Miles in the water taped up was crazy but now they pissed in his shoe, this was just superfluous.
"I should have felt a gooey,sentimental sadness, perhaps. But mostly I just wanted to cool off..." (7).
...I saw a short, muscular guy with a shock of brown hair....He stood five feet and nothing, but well built...and with him arrived the stink of stale cigarette smoke" (9).
I like how John Greene expresses the difference between the Colonel's and Pudge's personalities by showing how they react to Alaska's death.
I like how John Greene subtly incorporates how much Alaska's death affected her friends, like including the fact that Pudge, who normally does well in school, got a very bad grade on major test. (191).
The way the author only discusses the Old Man and his class, I think he will play a part in figuring out Alaska's death. (198)
"...3. Alaska had cigarettes, although the colonel neglected to to ask whether 4. I smoked, which 5. I didn't" (14).
"Be present in this class. And then, when it's over, be present out there" pg (50). For me this quote seems so strong and made me think of how deep thinking John Green is actually. This made it seems strong because to go out into the real world or outside in this case, you have to know what is ahead of you or our past. Dr. Hyde is trying to say first understand things or try to understand them and you will get it later on.
"By happy coincidence, a cute sophmore named Laura ended up sitting on my lap" pg (51). I think that the girl that Alaska promised to get Miles a girl is the new girl with a cute accent. But she isn't probably going to be Miles type she is going to be someone who just wants to be sexualy active more than getting to know him. Maybe the way Alaska makes him feel.
"So I have something to read. But there is so much to do: cigarettes to smoke, sex to have, swings to swing on. I'll have more time to read when I'm old and boring" (20).
"Sinking. Sinking...But then the great miracle of the human species---Our buoyancy---came through, and I felt myself floating toward the surface,...I wasn't dead and wasn't going to die"(26).
"Jesus, I'm not going to be one of those people who sit's around talking about what are they going to do. I'm just going to do it" pg (54). I noticed that the character Alaska thinks ahead of herself and doesn't want to live her life thinking what she could have done, but actually doing something about it.
People at the school told Miles not to be friends with the Colonel. (25)
"They taped you?...They're just supposed to throw you in the water in your underwear and run!" (28).
"Stay dry" pg (70). This reminded me of the book The Outsiders had said the same stay gold. Stay dry is being known in this case to be inside from all the rain and staying gold is not forgetiing who you are because that's the part of you that shines the most.
"Why do good people have lots in their life" pg (70). This caught my attention because good people go through so much more than other people. The bad people seem to have life going perfect for them and makes people want to change who they are.
"I can't believe those guys flooded Alaska's room" pg(72). I feel like now the boys who are be friending Pudge are going a little over board with trying to kill or hurt anybody he is close to.
"You guys are like an old married couple" pg (98). I love the way the author John Green adds a simile and makes humor out of the way both Pudge and Colonel both talk about a pre-prank that may give them a bad feeling well, Pudge of course.
"You don't have to care about her, screw her" pg (99). I think it will be hard for Pudge to try to loose feelings for Alaska because she is always with him and they both share the same interests like reading books. You can't just loose feelings that quick, love isn't like that.
"If there was a pre- prank the Eagle would expect two pranks" pg(98). After Colonel explains what he is going to do to the boys after what they did to Alaska, Pudge soon became surreptitious about the idea of getting back at them but with a big bang. The boys who causes all these problems slowly started antagonize Colonel,
"The five of us walking confidently in a row" pg (102). The author John Green makes a young reader my age feel like their part of the characters because I always felt like that would be cool to be with a ll your friends in a row walking down a hallway or something and watch everyone stare at you.
Miles' friend Takumi is determined to find out who told on Alaska's old roommate and got her kicked out.
"My fox hat" pg (104). I love how Takumi brings a fox hat saying that he is as fast and as sneaky as a fox during the pre- prank. But he deaply thinks about who he is as a person and knowing he has to change for this prank in order to get the job done.
"'So why don't you go home for vacations?' I asked her. 'I'm just scared of ghosts, Pudge. And home is full of them'"(80)
"My mouth tasted like a skunk had crawled into my throat and died" pg (123). The interesting thing the author John Green did was he made the idea of wine tasting good in the beginning and having an after taste of a skunk where it had a bad after taste. He also used a smilie in a good way.
" Hungover? Like an acholic preacher on Sunday morning" pg ( 124). I love how the author John Green used the idea of a saint getting drunkover saying that how Pudge someone who was as inncoent get so hungover. Or how a acholic preacher on Sunday morning gets so drunk for service.
" Pudge, what you must understand is that I'm a very unhappy person" pg (124). To think that Alaska someone who seems to have everything because she is so smart and so beautfil and to feel unhappy changes everything of the book. Maybe because of the way her life is at home.
" The first Monday of the new semester, the Colonel came out the shower just as my alarm went off" pg (125). This reminded me of the first time Miles met Colonel he came out from the shower with just a towel on.
"I forgot! God, how many times can I f**k up? I JUST HAVE TO GO. HELP ME GET OUT OF HERE!" (132)
"Last night, Alaska Young was in a terrible accident. And she was killed. Alaska has passed away.... She hit the cruiser without ever swerving. I believe she must have been very intoxicated. The police said they smelled alcohol"(141).
"Maybe. But that cop just s**t sure convinced me that it might have been a suicide"(164).
I wonder if Miles or the Colonel will ever quash she memory of Alaska since she has died.
John Green wrote his story in first person in order to allow us to feel the same pain as Pudge when Alaska died. There are several instances that support this statement. There are times when we really understand how much he loved her through his thoughts. Also, there are a number of occasions when we can see his deep connection to all of his friends. Additionally, the author takes you through Pudge’s experience with Alaska after she died.
Through his use of first person, John Green shows us Pudge’s love for Alaska in a way we normally wouldn’t see without his thoughts. The author writes, "I worried about it for a moment... but I wanted to trust her, and so I did" (81). Green shows how much Pudge likes Alaska, he does this by showing he would do something risky he wouldn't normally do, just because Alaska told him to. Pudge thinks, “I wanted to like booze more than I actually did (which is more or less the precise opposite of how I felt about Alaska)” (111). The author expresses how often Pudge thinks about Alaska by incorporating her into his thoughts about unrelated things. Green writes, “I wanted to be him, sure, but I tried to remember I was ostensibly on a date with someone else” (62). Pudge was always thinking about being with Alaska, in this case, he was dreaming to be Alaska’s boyfriend, Jake. He was thinking about this, even though he was on a date with someone else. If the story had been written differently, we would not have heard this thought and understand how deeply he feels for Alaska. Loving Alaska made Pudge grieve for her on another level.
Green helps us see Pudge’s close, growing relationship with his friends through his thinking about them. One of Pudge’s teachers got angry with him for staring out the window, and Alaska stood up for him. ¨Two rows behind me, I heard a chair move and turned around to see Alaska standing up, slinging her backpack over one arm. ‘Im sorry, but thats bullshit. You can't just throw him out class. You drone on and on for an hour every day, and we’re not allowed to glance out the window?’... I couldn’t stop thinking about Dr. Hyde. ¨ (40-41). We can see how the connection between Pudge and his friends increases, because, here, he does not really acknowledge what Alaska did for him. But later on, you can tell that he cares about his friends more and more. Green writes, “I sat in the hatchback on the drive home-and that is how I thought of it: home-and fell asleep to the highway’s monotonous lullaby” (93). Pudge starts to think of the Creek as his home, because the people he loves to be with are there. Pudge thinks, “She’s not dead. She’s alive. She’s alive somewhere”(140). When Alaska died, Pudge would not accept it. He refused to believe it happened. If he didn’t feel as connected to her as he did, he would not have done this. He would have, like most of the other people, grieved and moved on. Alaska was one of his few friends and he felt extremely close to her. In the beginning, Pudge did not acknowledge and care for his friends as much he did in the end. This growing friendship helped us understand his heartache.
When Pudge experiences the devastating loss of Alaska, we are brought through his thoughts and we can more deeply get a feel of how he handles the situation. First, Pudge went through denial. Green writes, “She’s just playing a trick on us. This is just an Alaska Young Extraordinaire. It’s Alaska being Alaska, funny and playing… And then I felt much better, because she had not died at all” (140). He chooses not to believe her death as he thinks this will make her come back for him. The night Alaska died in a car crash, she had asked Pudge to distract the dean so she could go where she wanted to. She was very worked up about it, so Pudge just let it happen.The author writes, “... and I could think about nothing but having killed her”(152). Now, you are able to see that the guilt inside of him is worsening. You can see that he feels responsible for Alaska’s passing. Pudge and his roommate, the Colonel, had been trying to figure out if Alaska had killed herself, or if it really was an accident. After a while, Pudge decided he had enough and realized that knowing would not help them. Towards the end of the story, Pudge and his friends make one of Alaska’s planned pranks come to life. They thought of it a memorial for Alaska. Instead of constantly trying to figure out what happened, they choose to do something she loved in a way to remember her. The author takes us with Pudge and his way of coping with one of his best friend’s death. You are really able to understand his way of handling the situation when you are able to see into his head.
The way John Green used first person gave us a way to truly feel the sa
me way Pudge did when Alaska died. When we are able to see Pudge’s affection for Alaska, we really get connected to her too, through his thoughts. The relationship between Pudge as his friends grew as the story progressed, you are able to understand this through the things Pudge thinks about them, which is not held back or filtered in any way. Additionally, with hearing everything that he thought, we really experienced Pudge’s ways of dealing with the passing of Alaska.
"As much as I wanted to know how Alaska had died, I wanted to know where she was now, if anywhere. I liked to imagine her looking down on us, still aware of us, but it seemed like a fantasy, and I never really felt it..."(174)
In the book, Looking for Alaska written by John Green, John Green writes about a Junior in high school named Miles Halter. Miles starts going to a boarding school named Culver Creek. There, Miles, who will soon become to be known as Pudge, makes friends and encounters many sad and exciting events. Since this book is written in the first person, the reader has insight into Pudge’s life and how he grieved after Alaska died. John Green writes his book in the first person in order to allow insight into the narrator’s emotional state and thereby connect us more closely to the impact of the events.
By writing in the first person, John Green helps us to see the thought that goes through Pudges head at certain moments. Miles’ dad went to Culver Creek as a kid so he tried to warn his son not to do what he did there. “‘Don’t do anything stupid… No drugs. No drinking. No cigarettes”’(7). Miles said that all he had ever heard his dad say about Culver Creek was, “...the secret parties, streaking through the hay fields…,drugs, drinking, and cigarettes”(7). Of course Miles was going to try and listen to his dad’s advice but when he finally got to the school and his roommate came in, everything his dad had told him went away. “When I opened the bathroom door after my shower,...I saw a short, muscular guy with a shock of brown hair,... and with him arrived the stink of stale cigarette smoke”(9). All of a sudden, Chip Pudges roommate who likes to be called the Colonel, said, “‘Now, lets go get some cigarettes and start this year off right’...The Colonel explained to me that 1. this was Alaska’s room, and 2. she had a single room because the girl who was supposed to be her roommate got kicked out at the end of last year, and that 3. Alaska had cigarettes, although the Colonel neglected to ask whether 4. I smoked”(14). Since the book is written in first person, the reader is able to see that Pudge does things aven though in his mind he knows they're wrong. Also, the reader can see his attitude to some things that you would never know because it is in his head.
Through his use of first person, John Green helps us to see the love that Pudge has for Alaska. “I worried about it for a moment as I held the bottle by the neck, but I wanted to trust her, so I did….I did it. I was drinking on campus”(81). Pudge wanted to trust her, so he did. Even though he had just met her he knew that they would become great friends. “I wanted to like booze more than I actually did (which is more or less the opposite of how I felt about Alaska)”(111). Pudge liked Alaska and he wanted to be Jake, her boyfriend. To whom, Alaska was committed. One night, Alaska, the Colonel, and Pudge were sitting around in Alaskas room. Alaska and the Colonel were drunk so she decided to play truth or dare with Pudge. “Alaska started, ‘Truth or Dare, Pudge?’ ‘Dare.’ ‘Hook up with me.’ So I did…. As she slept, I whispered, ‘I love you, Alaska Young’”(131). The author indicates how much Pudge cares for Alaska by weaving her into his thoughts with unrelated things and at unrelated times. John green writes, “...I wanted to be him, sure, but I tried to remember I was ostensibly on a date with someone else”(62). Pudge is always thinking about Alaska, he is always fantasizing being with her. In this case, he wanted to be Jake, Alaska’s boyfriend even though he was on a date with somebody else. If this book was not written in the first person, the reader would not be able to see how often he thinks about Alaska and how often she pops into his head.
Pudge and his friends are different. They have a growing relationship that doesn’t ever stop blossoming, even though sometimes Pudge can be a lummox. We can see that they are close though Pudge’s thoughts. One day, the Colonel, Alaska, and Pudge were sitting in class and Pudge was staring out the window and the teacher got mad at him and made him leave the class and Alaska stood up for him. “Two rows behind me, I heard a chair move and turned around to see Alaska standing up, slinging her backpack over one arm. ‘I’m sorry, but that’s bullshit. you can’t just throw him out of the class. You drone on and on for an hour every day, and we’re not allowed to glance out the window?’... ‘For fifty minutes a day, five days a week, you abide by my rules. Or you fail. The choice is yours. Both of you leave’”(39-40). Throughout the whole book, you can tell the relationship between Pudge and his friends increases because, here, he didn’t acknowledge what Alaska did for him. Later on you can see the growing relationship. John Green writes, “I sat in the back of the hatchback on the drive home-and that is how I thought of it: ho
me-and fell asleep to the highway’s monotonous lullaby”(93). Pudge is starting to think of the Creek as his home instead of just a school. Later on in the book you can see how Pudge’s friendship with all his friends has evolved because when Alaska dies the reader can actually feel the pain Pudge and his friends are going through. When the Eagle (Culver Creeks “principal”) walks into the gym, there is an ominous feeling that something is going to happen. He tells everybody that Alaska has been in an accident and has died Pudge and the Colonel won’t accept it. “She’s not dead. She’s alive. She’s alive somewhere. She’s in the woods. Alaska is hiding in the woods and she’s not dead, she’s just hiding”(140). After they found out pudge and the Colonel made it their personal mission to find out why/how Alaska had died. The night Alaska died she had asked Pudge to distract the Eagle so she could go somewhere so now Pudge feels like he helped kill Alaska and since the Colonel helped, he also feels guilty. The author writes “...and I could think about nothing but having killed her”(152). You can really see the guilt worsening inside of Pudge. After a while, Pudge realizes that finding out if it was an accident or not that killed a while would not change the sadness or guilt that he was facing. But, the Colonel still wanted to know so he and Takumi (another friend) found out. They found out that she was very very drunk and very upset and was going to visit her mothers grave because she had missed the anniversary of the day she died. Towards the end of the book, pudge and the Colonel wanted to make Alaska come alive again. The pulled the best prank that made everybody remember her.
The way John Green writes his book in the first person allows us to feel the way Pudge does after Alaska died and the affection he had for her. We are allowed to see the way pudge thinks throughout the book when certain events happen. Throughout the book, we are able to see how Pudge’s relationship with his friends grew and how he thinks about them. This allows us to see the way Pudge thinks about things in a way that is unfiltered and definitely adds meaning to the book. If this book were not written in the first person the book would not have the same effect it does now.
Even though there are all these rules at Culver Creek, they still find ways to disobey without getting caught.(37)
Pudge is still learning the ropes. He has done good in his classes except when he got in trouble for looking out the window.
Alaska always seems to be smoking (52).
What is the Vine station that Alaska wants to get away from?(54)
Why did Takumi lie? They were smoking to.(59)
Why does the Colonel always want to get kicked out of the games?(65)
Did Jake break up with Alaska?
Why would Alaska rat out Myra?(72)
It seems like Miles doesn't have many friends. They are all "geeks".(3)
why would Alaska rat out myra? why is loyalty such a big thing at culver creek?(75)
Miles is going to the boarding school to get more friends.(5)
Miles's nickname is Pudge because he is very skinny.(7)
Miles doesn't seem too sad to leave his family, he seems happy.(7)
Pudge seems to be meeting a lot of people and soaking in the ways of everyone else. Over there they smoke cigarettes, and make mischief, and they drink.(21)
He meets Colonel, Takumi, and Alaska Young. The book title is "Looking for Alaska", but is this about Alaska?(22-23)
The Colonel seems very secretive. Like he doesn't trust many people.(28)
The Colonel seems to trust Pudge however.(29)
There is something called the EAGLE. The eagle is the head of the school, and you can't get caught doing mischief in front of the eagle.(29)
Now, Pudge is going on a triple date with a girl named Lara. I predict that the date will go well, but he won't have feelings for Lara. I think that he actually likes Alaska.(51)
Alaska however has a boyfriend who is in college.(52)
Pudge and Colonel are planning some prank for on the Eagle.(98)
Pudge wants to stop having feelings for Alaska. But it is difficult because they both have very similar interests. This is kind of like The Fault In Our Stars, because Hazel tried to stop having feelings for Augustus, because she knows that she will die, and she doesn't want to break Augustus's heart.(99)
Takumi is very sneaky when doing the pre-prank. He is like a fox.(104)
John Green is very descriptive, especially when he describes the forest.(114)
Even though Alaska seems like a perfect person, she really her past really isn't so perfect. She doesn't get along with her dad. Alaska had a sad life at her home.(124)
In a way, this book is kind of like Turtle In Paradise, and also Holes, because of the people's names in the book. In Turtle In Paradise there were names like Bean, and Slow Poke. In Holes there were names like Zero, and Kissing Kate. In this book there are names like Pudge, and The Colonel.(130)
Pudge and Alaska have made out a little. But then Alaska realizes that it was her eight-month anniversary with her boyfriend Jake. So she drives, by her car. The next part is called "After" so I think that something will happen to Alaska judging by the title of the book, and the name of part two.(159)
Alaska has died in a car accident. Now The Colonel and Pudge, especially Pudge seems very depressed.(160)
Miles is grieving the death of the one he loved. Now it is going to be hard for him to deal with that.(189)
I notice that John Green follows some sort of pattern. In The Fault In Our Stars, Augustus Waters who was Hazel's boyfriend had died of cancer. And in Looking For Alaska, Alaska, who was Pudge's (A.K.A. Miles's) semi-boyfriend. Before Alaska died, they did make out a bit. So I think that John Green makes the people who the main characters have feelings for, die. Will he do this in the other books? I think that this is his pattern, but even thought this pattern fits with his stories, I honestly don't like the fact that the good people have to die. As Alaska said earlier, "Why do all the good people go through so much more than the bad people?"(70) Maybe he is trying to send that message out to people, that the good people always go through hardships. Maybe that's what makes them good, that the good people have seen more of what bad is. They know that bad brings sadness. That is why the good people always die in books. Even in Allegiant, Tris was a good person, but at the end she died. But Tris had gone through a lot. Also, just like The Fault In Our Stars; Even though Augustus was the most kindest, and perfect person, he still went through hardships. and at the end he died. I think that John Green wants the readers to learn how people struggle with these things, and for people to face reality. Whether we like it or not, we have to face facts. Hazel had to face facts that Augustus dies, and Pudge has to face facts that Alaska-the one who he loved is dead.
I can't believe Alaska is dead. Why did she wasnt to leave?(147)
The colonel is grieving and having terrible dreams about alaska.(149)
Alaska is really gone, her aunt is cleaning out her room (153)
I am on the first page of the book learning everything I need to know about the novel (1)
The main character is going to boarding school and his parents are helping him move in. (6)
The theory is taking forever. It's still doesn't make sense what she freaked out about (193
The developed their theory but why didn't she swerve (213)
The question that Alaska makes about the labyrinth and suffering is very confusing , she ended he life straight and fast (215)
Its his first day on the campus and he is meeting all his teachers (30)
Dr. Hyde made him stay after class and talk about what he thinks about the class. (50)
So far Pudge is really enjoying the school. (71)
Pudge is very gallant when he helps Alaska. (90)
Alaska told them something very personal (120)
In the book, Looking for Alaska, John Green writes about a high schooler, who is in boarding school, named Miles Halter. He starts going to Culver Creek in his junior year. Miles makes friends and acquires the nickname Pudge. He encounters many sad and exciting events that impact his life. He gives you insight into how Pudge is grieving when Alaska, his friend, died. John Green allows his readers to feel what the narrator is feeling by putting his book in first person. He gives us the connection to the impacts of the events.
While he was writing in first person, you can tell what he is thinking and what he knows and what he doesn’t know. For example, when his dad tells him what not to do if he doesn’t want to get in trouble, Pudge is thinking that he was going to listen to his dad’s advice, which was ¨Don’t do anything stupid...No drugs. No drinking. No cigarettes¨(7). However when he got to Culver Creek everything changed. He met Alaska and the Colonel and started smoking and sometimes drinking. He thought he would never do anything his dad told him that he did as former Culver Creek student, ¨ ...the secret parties, streaking through the hay fields…,drugs, drinking, and cigarettes¨(7), but he ended up doing what his father did. Since John Green puts the story in first person, the reader knows what Pudge is thinking. He knows that he is doing something wrong but still does it. Also, you know what his attitude is toward something because you are in his head.
Through first person, the reader gets a better look at Pudge’s emotions towards Alaska. “I wanted to trust her, and so I did… I did it. I was drinking on campus”(81). He trusted her, even though in his head he knew that he shouldn’t have. He loved her so much that he trusted her and he drank. He only did it so that he wouldn’t look like a wimp in front of Alaska “I wanted to like booze more than I actually did (which is more or less the opposite of how I felt about Alaska)”(111). He likes Alaska more than he wanted but he likes booze less than he wanted. He will do anything for Alaska because he likes and trusts her. He can’t express his emotions due to the fact that Alaska has a boyfriend, Jake, who she is fully committed to. One night they were drunk and decided to play truth or dare. “Alaska started, ‘Truth or Dare, Pudge?’ ‘Dare.’ ‘Hook up with me.’ So I did…. As she slept, I whispered, ‘I love you, Alaska Young’”(131). Since he couldn’t express his feelings, he told her while she was sleeping. John Green implies how much Pudge cares about Alaska by composing her into his thoughts. “...I wanted to be him, sure, but I tried to remember I was ostensibly on a date with someone else”(62). Whenever he is with Alaska, he is always wishing he was Jake.
Pudge and his friends relationship keeps growing. Since the writer put the story in first person, you know what Pudge thinks of his friends. One day, the Colonel, Alaska and Pudge were in class and Pudge got caught daydreaming in class, he was told to leave and Alaska stood up to him “Two rows behind me, I heard a chair move and turned around to see Alaska standing up, slinging her backpack over one arm. ‘I’m sorry, but that’s bulls**t. you can’t just throw him out of the class. You drone on and on for an hour every day, and we’re not allowed to glance out the window?’... ‘For fifty minutes a day, five days a week, you abide by my rules. Or you fail. The choice is yours. Both of you leave’” (39-40). In this example, he doesn’t acknowledge what Alaska did because their relationship is still growing. In another part, you learn that Pudge starts calling Culver Creek home. “I sat in the back of the hatchback on the drive home-and that is how I thought of it: home-and fell asleep to the highway’s monotonous lullaby”(93). Culver Creek isn’t just a school anymore to Pudge because he has his friends there. Later on in the book, they all go through the pain of Alaska dying together as friends When the Eagle (Culver Creek’s “principal”) walks into the gym, there is an ominous feeling that something is going to happen. He tells everybody that Alaska has been in an accident and has died, Pudge and the Colonel won’t accept it. “She’s not dead. She’s alive. She’s alive somewhere. She’s in the woods. Alaska is hiding in the woods and she’s not dead, she’s just hiding”(140). After they find out, it was Pudge and the colonel’s goal to figure out how or why she died. Pudge blames himself because he helped her escape while she was drunk and hysterical. The reader can see how the guilt worsens in Pudge through the first person.
The way that
John Green wrote his book in first person allows us to understand Pudge’s affection towards Alaska and his grieving after she died. When certain events happen we are allowed to read how Pudge reacts. We see how he thinks about things when they are unfiltered.
Alaska just died and Pudge is very upset. (153)
Alaska has been dead for a while now and Pudge still misses her a lot. (216)
The main character is named Miles, and he's going to a boarding school (4)
Miles is at his new room, and meets his new roommate, Chip. (11)
"The Colonel" AKA Chip is showing Miles AKA Pudge (so many nicknames) around the campus. He is also introducing him to his friends. (23)
There are two groups in this school as well, much like Greasers and Socs. But here, there are the
"Soc-like" people, the Weekday Warriors. (13)
I notice many similarities from this book and The Outsiders. Pudge has feelings for Alaska, who is a Weekday Warrior. This is kind of like Cherry and Ponyboy, but theirs was just friendship. (23)
Even though they're not allowed to smoke, they usurp cigarettes and use them in their dorms (59)
The ¨Eagle¨ watches over the students in the dorm circle to make sure they aren't smoking. Yet Pudge and his friends still do. They either need to grapple the problem, or quit. If they don't, they will get caught. (59)
There is a teacher in Pudge's new school who basically just talks, and makes lectures. But Pudge is not scared of the verbiage; he actually prefers it. (50)
Pudge is jealous of Alaska's boyfriend, Jake. It seems like Alaska is always in a trance near him, and Pudge really likes Alaska too. (62)
Pudge admits he likes breaking the rules, but he says he likes it mostly because it helps him do the things he doesn't want to do. (113)
Everyone tells stories about their best and worst days, and Alaska tells the story of when her mother died. But she's not crying or anything. I wonder why, does she not care? (121)
It's "The Last Day", according to the book. Before, the days were counting down. I wonder what they are counting down to. (125)
Alaska forgot something, I guess. The whole scene goes by so quickly, and all it is is just worry and pain. Then it goes to: after. (138)
ALASKA HAS DIED! She died so fast, and without notice! (145)
Pudge sees Alaska before he sleeps days later. He is imagining her. I wonder what they are going to do without Alaska. (148)
Everyone is doing weird things when Alaska is not around. The Colonel walked 84 miles. Everyone is going insane! (149)
Alaska WANTED to kill herself! She drove out of campus, and ran in front of a cop car. She wrote the words in her book: Straight and fast. To get out of the labyrinth. (157)
At the end, Pudge is feeling nostalgic. He wants Alaska to come back, and he wants to go back in time. (221)
Pudge is getting ready to leave for his new school and his parents are helping him pack the car up
Pudge is getting ready to unpack all of his stuff proximity in any open space for his room.
Pudge's parents were very sobered about Pudge leaving but they knew it was what Pudge wanted to do.
Im a little confused about why it keeps saying days before when I have no idea what is going to happen
This chapter is the day before I find out what is going to happen
I just found out what happened to Alaska and I was very shocked
Pudge is very upset knowing that Alaska is dead so he is trying to cheer himself up
Pudge is taking the death of Alaska very hard and is starting to realize that he had strong feeling for her and loved her
Everyone is taking it very hard but everyone is really trying to comfort Pudge the most because they know that he loved her
As I come close to the end of the novel I think that on the first page of the novel makes a lot sense reading it a second time
When Alaska died I was very shocked because I thought something was going to happen to Pudge instead it was Alaska.
When Alaska died I didn't want to keep on reading because I was so upset that this book had such a big impact on me
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