Looking for Alaska

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Pages 18–19 and 155: Excerpt from The General in His Labyrinth, by Gabriel García Márquez Page 85: Poetry quote from ―As I Walked Out One Evening,‖ by W. H. Auden Page 89: Poetry quote from ―Not So Far as the Forest,‖ by Edna St. Vincent Millay
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To my family: Sydney Green, Mike Green, and Hank Green ―I have tried so hard to do right.‖ (last words of President Grover Cleveland)


left my family and Florida and the rest of my minor life to go to boarding school in Alabama, my mother insisted on throwing me a going-away party. To say that I had low expectations would be to underestimate the matter dramatically. Although I was more or less forced to invite all my ―school friends,‖ i.e., the

ragtag bunch of drama people and English geeks I sat with by social necessity in the cavernous cafeteria of my public school, I knew they wouldn’t come. Still, my mother persevered, awash in the delusion that I had kept my popularity secret from her all these years. She cooked a small mountain of artichoke dip. She festooned our living room in green and yellow streamers, the colors of my new school. She bought two dozen champagne poppers and placed them around the edge of our coffee table.

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