Looking for Alaska by John Green is about strange friendships that unfortunately transpire into tragedy, but also into love between friends. Miles Halter, nicknamed Pudge by his new roommate, has moved from Florida to Alabama in order to attend Culver Creek Academy, a boarding school. He quickly makes friends with his roommate, who insists being called "The Colonel," over cigarettes that Miles really doesn't want to smoke, but does anyways. Through The Colonel, Miles also becomes friends with Takumi, a smart Korean boy, and Alaska, the most gorgeous girl he has ever seen. The year goes on with the group pulling different pranks against the students they've dubbed "The Weekend Warriors," as well as against their headmaster The Eagle.
The group all partake in a lot of smoking, a lot of sex, and a lot of drinking, which unfortunately leads to the demise of one of them. The aftermath of the tragedy is the second part of the book and just made the plot go downhill for me. I usually do not enjoy books with that much vulgarity anyways, but Green wrote it in a way that just made it ok for some reason. I still ended up not enjoying it, but others may. I definitely recommend this book not be read by children under 14.