Looking for Alaska

For some reason, this is also classified as a “Teen” book– I guess because the main characters are all juniors in a high school boarding school in Alabama. Well-written, broken into 2 halves “Before” and “After”, with each subsection denoted by days before or days after the big event. Pudge, Alaska, the Colonel, Lana, Takumi all part of the prank crew at the school, drinking smoking screwing etc. Pudge’s obsession with memorizing famous Last Words. (Rabelais: “I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” Simon Bolivar (allegedly, according to Gabriel Garcia Marquez): “Damn it. How will i ever get out of this labryinth!”)
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auth=Green, John
pub=2005