Looking for Alaska


Miles Halter
The novel's protagonist, who has an unusual interest in learning famous people's last words. He goes to the boarding school Culver Creek in search of his own "Great Perhaps". Tall and skinny, his friends at Culver ironically nickname him "Pudge". He is sexually and emotionally attracted to Alaska Young, who for most of the novel has a mixed relationship, mostly not returning his feelings. He is frequently compared to Holden Caulfield of J.D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye.
Alaska Young
The wild, unpredictable, beautiful, and enigmatic girl who captures Miles' attention and heart. She acts as a confidante to her friends, frequently assisting them in personal matters, including providing them with cigarettes and alcohol.
Chip Martin
Five feet tall but "built like a scale model of Adonis",[5] he is Alaska's best friend and Miles' roommate. His nickname, the Colonel, comes from him being the strategic mastermind behind the schemes that Alaska concocts. Coming from a poor background, he is obsessed with loyalty and honor, especially towards his beloved mother, Dolores, who lives in a trailer.
Takumi Hikohito
A surprisingly gifted MC/hip-hop enthusiast and friend of Alaska and Chip. He often feels left out of Miles', Chip's, and Alaska's plans.
Lara Buterskaya
A Romanian immigrant. She is Alaska's friend and eventually becomes Miles' ex-girlfriend. She is often described as having a very thick accent.
Mr. Starnes
The stern Dean of Students at Culver Creek. He is nicknamed "The Eagle" by all of the students. He is pranked by Miles, Chip, Alaska and Takumi multiple times throughout the novel.
Alaska's boyfriend, who lives too far away for Alaska's liking.

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