This book has won awards, people. Why, I am not sure... My friend Hillary was the one who let me borrow this, as John Green is one of her favorite authors ever. She even went to a book signing recently! But anyway... It is divided into two parts: before and after. What happens "in between" is what drives the last half of the book, but the first half is about "Pudge" (real name Miles) who decides to move from Florida to go to the boarding school his father went to in search of the Great Perhaps (this book is semi-autobiographical and Culver Creek is based on a school that John Green went to in Alabama). While there, he has a roommate known as the Colonel and falls hopelessly in love with a feminist, perplexing girl named Alaska (thus the title). But Alaska has a boyfriend that she is in love with named Jake, but she does think that Miles is cute... Anyway, John Green recently released The Fault in Our Stars which is supposed to be amazing. Maybe I'll read that later on this year sometime.