Book Club Kits
Looking for Alaska
by Green, John
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1. Did you like Alaska? Can you understand why Miles was so fascinated by her? Would you want to be friends with her? Why or why not?
2. What do you think of the way the novel was put together? Why do you think the author did this?
3. Considering his obsession with last words, were you surprised that Alaska's last words aren't known? Is it better or worse for Miles that he won't know them?
4. Why do you think Alaska ratted out Mayra instead of someone else?
5. On page 213 Miles says, "sometimes I liked it that she was dead." What do you think about this statement?
6. What did you think about the Alaska Young Memorial Prank? How does it compare to the first major prank they all pulled off together?
7. Why do you think Miles was able to find friends at the boarding school in Alabama but not in his public school in Florida?
8. Did you guess what was going to happen or did the accident surprise you?
9. Alaska's solution to the question "How will I ever get out of this labyrinth?" is "straight and fast." The Colonel (p 216)"I choose the labyrinth. The labyrinth blows, but I choose it." Miles (p 218)"I forgive her, she forgives us. We have to forgive to survive the labyrinth." What do these different views of The Labyrinth tell us about these characters?
10. Do you think Alaska's death was a suicide or an accident? Why?