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Looking For Alaska [Format Kindle]

John Green
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“So do you really memorize last words?”

She ran up beside me and grabbed my shoulder and pushed me back onto the porch swing.

“Yeah,” I said. And then hesitantly, I added, “You want to quiz me?”

“JFK,” she said.

“That’s obvious,” I answered.

“Oh, is it now?” she asked.

“No. Those were his last words. Someone said, ‘Mr. President, you can’t say Dallas doesn’t love you,’ and then he said, ‘That’s obvious,’ and then he got shot.”

She laughed. “God, that’s awful. I shouldn’t laugh. But I will,” and then she laughed again. “Okay, Mr. Famous Last Words Boy. I have one for you.” She reached into her overstuffed backpack and pulled out a book. “Gabriel García Márquez. The General in His Labyrinth. Absolutely one of my favorites. It’s about Simón Bolívar.” I didn’t know who Simón Bolívar was, but she didn’t give me time to ask. “It’s a historical novel, so I don’t know if this is true, but in the book, do you know what his last words are? No, you don’t. But I am about to tell you, Señor Parting Remarks.”

And then she lit a cigarette and sucked on it so hard for so long that I thought the entire thing might burn off in one drag. She exhaled and read to me:

“‘He’—that’s Simón Bolívar—‘was shaken by the overwhelming revelation that the headlong race between his misfortunes and his dreams was at that moment reaching the finish line. The rest was darkness. “Damn it,” he sighed. “How will I ever get out of this labyrinth!”’”

I knew great last words when I heard them, and I made a mental note to get ahold of a biography of this Simón Bolívar fellow. Beautiful last words, but I didn’t quite understand. “So what’s the labyrinth?” I asked her.

And now is as good a time as any to say that she was beautiful. In the dark beside me, she smelled of sweat and sunshine and vanilla, and on that thin-mooned night I could see little more than her silhouette except for when she smoked, when the burning cherry of the cigarette washed her face in pale red light. But even in the dark, I could see her eyes—fierce emeralds. She had the kind of eyes that predisposed you to supporting her every endeavor. And not just beautiful, but hot, too, with her breasts straining against her tight tank top, her curved legs swinging back and forth beneath the swing, flip-flops dangling from her electric-blue-painted toes. It was right then, between when I asked about the labyrinth and when she answered me, that I realized the importance of curves, of the thousand places where girls’ bodies ease from one place to another, from arc of the foot to ankle to calf, from calf to hip to waist to breast to neck to ski-slope nose to forehead to shoulder to the concave arch of the back to the butt to the etc. I’d noticed curves before, of course, but I had never quite apprehended their significance.

Her mouth close enough to me that I could feel her breath warmer than the air, she said, “That’s the mystery, isn’t it? Is the labyrinth living or dying? Which is he trying to escape—the world or the end of it?” I waited for her to keep talking, but after a while it became obvious she wanted an answer.

“Uh, I don’t know,” I said finally. “Have you really read all those books in your room?”

She laughed. “Oh God no. I’ve maybe read a third of ’em. But I’m going to read them all. I call it my Life’s Library. Every summer since I was little, I’ve gone to garage sales and bought all the books that looked interesting. So I always 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 for reading when I’m old and boring.”

She told me that I reminded her of the Colonel when he came to Culver Creek. They were freshmen together, she said, both scholarship kids with, as she put it, “a shared interest in booze and mischief.” The phrase booze and mischief left me worrying I’d stumbled into what my mother referred to as “the wrong crowd,” but for the wrong crowd, they both seemed awfully smart. As she lit a new cigarette off the butt of her previous one, she told me that the Colonel was smart but hadn’t done much living when he got to the Creek.

“I got rid of that problem quickly.” She smiled. “By November, I’d gotten him his first girlfriend, a perfectly nice non–Weekday Warrior named Janice. He dumped her after a month because she was too rich for his poverty-soaked blood, but whatever. We pulled our first prank that year—we filled Classroom Four with a thin layer of marbles. We’ve progressed some since then, of course.” She laughed. So Chip became the Colonel—the military-style planner of their pranks, and Alaska was ever Alaska, the larger-than-life creative force behind them.

“You’re smart like him,” she said. “Quieter, though. And cuter, but I didn’t even just say that, because I love my boyfriend.”

“Yeah, you’re not bad either,” I said, overwhelmed by her compliment. “But I didn’t just say that, because I love my girlfriend. Oh, wait. Right. I don’t have one.”

She laughed. “Yeah, don’t worry, Pudge. If there’s one thing I can get you, it’s a girlfriend. Let’s make a deal: You figure out what the labyrinth is and how to get out of it, and I’ll get you laid.”

“Deal.” We shook on it.

Later, I walked toward the dorm circle beside Alaska. The cicadas hummed their one-note song, just as they had at home in Florida. She turned to me as we made our way through the darkness and said, “When you’re walking at night, do you ever get creeped out and even though it’s silly and embarrassing you just want to run home?”

It seemed too secret and personal to admit to a virtual stranger, but I told her, “Yeah, totally.”

For a moment, she was quiet. Then she grabbed my hand, whispered, “Run run run run run,” and took off, pulling me behind her.

From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up - Sixteen-year-old Miles Halter's adolescence has been one long nonevent - no challenge, no girls, no mischief, and no real friends. Seeking what Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps," he leaves Florida for a boarding school in Birmingham, AL. His roommate, Chip, is a dirt-poor genius scholarship student with a Napoleon complex who lives to one-up the school's rich preppies. Chip's best friend is Alaska Young, with whom Miles and every other male in her orbit falls instantly in love. She is literate, articulate, and beautiful, and she exhibits a reckless combination of adventurous and self-destructive behavior. She and Chip teach Miles to drink, smoke, and plot elaborate pranks. Alaska's story unfolds in all-night bull sessions, and the depth of her unhappiness becomes obvious. Green's dialogue is crisp, especially between Miles and Chip. His descriptions and Miles's inner monologues can be philosophically dense, but are well within the comprehension of sensitive teen readers. The chapters of the novel are headed by a number of days "before" and "after" what readers surmise is Alaska's suicide. These placeholders sustain the mood of possibility and foreboding, and the story moves methodically to its ambiguous climax. The language and sexual situations are aptly and realistically drawn, but sophisticated in nature. Miles's narration is alive with sweet, self-deprecating humor, and his obvious struggle to tell the story truthfully adds to his believability. Like Phineas in John Knowles's A Separate Peace(S & S, 1960), Green draws Alaska so lovingly, in self-loathing darkness as well as energetic light, that readers mourn her loss along with her friends. - Johanna Lewis, New York Public Library
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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 825 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 242 pages
  • Editeur : HarperCollins (31 mai 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0084WTGII
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.4 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (28 commentaires client)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Très bon livre mais un peu déprimant quand même 13 août 2010
Looking for Alaska parle du passage de l'adolescence à l'âge adulte, via un évènement traumatisant.

C'est très bien écrit, cela se lit vraiment facilement et les passages drôles succèdent à de vrais moments d'émotion mais c'est à lire quand on est de bonne humeur parce qu'on finit le livre un peu triste.
Mention spéciale aux personnages, très attachants, et au réalisme (l'auteur avoue que le roman est en partie autobiographique, de nombreux passages parlent de sexe et de drogues, qui après tout restent des sujets en lien avec l'âge de 16-17 ans des protagonistes mais cela n'est jamais trash). Le personnage d'Alaska notamment, est particulièrement fascinant.

Le livre contient également une partie "bonus" très intéressante, avec une interview de l'auteur et une partie "sujets de discussion", au cas où le livre serait traité en classe.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Très bon roman d'intiation 4 février 2014
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Une histoire sympathique, construite autour d'un événement central (avant / après), la disparition d'Alaska dans des circonstances étranges... La deuxième partie du roman raconte la quête de la vérité par le narrateur, qui cherche à connaître la jeune fille. Un roman drôle, distrayant et attachant, avec des personnages variés, des péripéties à volonté. Pas un instant pour s'ennuyer, donc ! Lu en anglais !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Must read yound adult novel 5 décembre 2012
Par Max C
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Ce livre est un des premiers petits bijoux de cet auteur que tout adolescent peut/doit lire. Très drôle mais jamais léger, émotionnel mais jamais lourd. Les particularités qu'il crée rendent tous les personnages attachants qui que l'on soit (plus si l'on est légèrement nerdy : DFTBA!). C'est un livre sur plusieurs quêtes, romantiques, personnelles, humaines. L'auteur tient un vidéo blog qu'il ne faut pas hésiter à consulter youtube/vlogbrothers mais danger : il est très attachant également.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A couper le souffle! 25 juin 2014
Du John Green tout craché!
Des personnages attachants et qui nous ressemblent. On découvre la vie.
On prend une grosse claque, et il nous faut un peu de temps pour s'en remettre.
Et puis on en re-demande.

N'hésitez pas une seconde. Si vous avez aimé The Fault In Our Stars, ce livre est fait pour vous!

(Abordable avec un niveau correct d'Anglais - pas besoin d'être totalement bilingue!)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Courtesy of Teens Read Too 28 août 2011
Gold Star Award Winner!

Miles Halter is the type of high-schooler who always faded into the background at his public school in Florida. He had few friends, by choice as much as by fate, and wanted only to study his passion--memorizing the last words of people who had died. After reading the dying words of poet Francois Rabelais, "I go to seek a Great Perhaps", Miles is convinced that there's more to life than what he's so far experienced.

So Miles sets off to spend his junior and senior years at Culver Creek, a private boarding school in Alabama. There he gains his first nickname "Pudge" (a misnomer, by far, since Miles is quite skinny); meets his first love, Alaska Young; has his first sexual encounter with a Romanian girl named Lara; and gains two great male friends, Chip "The Colonel" Martin and Takumi Hikohito. He also experiences the joys and sickness of getting drunk, the strangeness of smoking cigarettes, and the unadulterated pleasure of playing pranks.

Pudge's new group of friends have their own quirks--The Colonel memorizes countries, capitals, and populations; Alaska collects books for her Life's Library that she hasn't yet read; Takumi relishes being The Fox. They all work together to irritate their teachers, avoid confrontation with The Eagle, the school's dean, and pull off pranks against the rich Weekday Warriors that are the popular clique at Culver Creek.

But LOOKING FOR ALASKA is mostly the story of growing up, of falling in love, of dealing with loss, and getting through life as best that you can. With wonderful dialogue, fascinating prose, and characters that are so real you'll think you know them personally, this is a book well worth reading.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Quand on est fan du Green! 19 décembre 2014
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Actuellement en pleine lecture de An abundance of Katherines, j'avais aussi beaucoup aimé Looking for Alaska. Beaucoup d'humour tout au long du livre et une petite touche de tristesse, ce qui n'est pas sans rappeler the fault in our stars. Lecture facile et très adapté aux lycéens type Terminale L.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Astonishing 17 janvier 2012
I've read this book a few weeks ago after reading all of John Green's novel, the reason I decided to read this one last was because i heard a LOT about it and felt like it would be best for me to be able to absorb the story and take my time to sort of digest it after i finished it. And I can't tell you how right i was.
Just like all John Green's novel, this isn't just the story of teenagers going through life, this novel is full of knowledge and intelligence but also a lot of feelings. And even if you're not a young adult yet, or it's been a while you were one, I'm pretty sure you can still enjoy this amazing story.
For all Nerdfighters out there in the world, much love and more important, DFTBA.
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