Stories with Samantha

Looking For Alaska


Ah Looking for Alaska, well why does she need to be found in the first place? Let’s take a look at our main characters first. Alaska Young and Miles, known as Pudge in this novel. Alaska is a depressed bookworm who lets her addictions get the best of her. While on the other hand Miles is a skinny, nerd who memorizes famous last words.

These teens are currently enrolled in a school away from home. While Alaska buries her face in books, ignoring her problems. Miles studies until he gets headaches. Let’s take a look at the plot!

Plot diagram made by Samantha Woodford. Regarding Looking For Alaska by John Green. (Samantha Woodford )

A big feature of this novel is battling addiction. Alaska is a young alcoholic, addicted to smoking tobacco as well.

Did you know alcohol is a leading cause of death? “Nearly 88,000 Americans die annually from alcohol-related causes (it’s responsible for nearly one-third of driving fatalities), making it the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States, according to the NIAAA. Excessive drinking also increases your risk for other diseases, including many types of cancer, such as mouth, colon, rectal, stomach, and esophagus cancers.” According to Everyday Health.

“Nearly 9 out of 10 smokers start before the age of 18 and almost all start smoking by age 26.” According to Tobacco Facts.

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