Looking For Alaska
IR Book Project
Miles, tired of his friendless, dull life in Florida, convinces his parents to send him away to boarding school in Alabama so that he can seek "the Great Perhaps." There he meets his roommate and soon-to-be best friend, Chip, called the Colonel, and Alaska Young, the moody, gorgeous, wild girl who instantly becomes the object of his affection. Miles is quickly enlisted in their war against the Weekday Warriors, the rich kids who go home every weekend, and they bond over elaborate pranks, studying, and assorted rule-breaking. About halfway through the book a tragedy occurs, and those left spend the rest of the book trying to make sense of it, to solve the mystery it leaves behind, and to pull off one last, greatest-ever prank.
- Miles; New student at Culver Creek
- Chip who is better known as the colonel
- Alaska who is the beautiful young girl
- Tyler who is one of the minor characters in the book but best friends with Alaska, the colonel, and Miles.
- Mr.Starnes who is better known as the Eagle; principal of culver creek
I think that there could be a few different themes to this story, depending on the point of view. But the theme that stood out to me and that I understood was that not all teenagers can be like the Weekday Warriors. Not everyone has a big house to go to on the weekends, nice cars, and enough money to pay for a spot in Culver Creek. You get to see the other side, the side that sometimes can go unnoticed and overlooked by just being labeled as “average” or even “under average.” Even without all that money, Alaska, the Colonel, Tyler, and Miles are happy, though mommy and daddy may not be there. They don’t have all the riches and they can’t get whatever they want. But they have each other, and they're loving families to support them through all the hard times. The Weekday Warriors may have big wallets, but these teenagers have big hearts. They’re smart, kind, and caring towards one an another. Even with the loss of a close friend and even the arguments that they have, they learn to stay close, stay together and be strong together because their friends are what they need most at that time.
"I think she's playing a dumb prank," Miles said.
"No, Miles, no I'm sorry," the Eagle said.
"She's really good, she could pull this off."
"I saw her. I'm sorry."
I chose this dialogue scene because it shows how the Eagle knows what happened to Alaska. Another example I chose is where Miles is talking to his dad on the phone to help him with the prank of the year.
"Hey remember when you stole the school bell and buried it in the cemetery?"
"Greatest Culver Creek prank ever."
"It was. So listen, I wondered if you'd help me out with the newest prank."
I chose this dialogue scene because it hints at the details to the prank Miles and Chip pull at Culver Creek.