Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter is obsessed with last words. This obsession combined with the fact that his entire life is a non-event, is making him crave the "Great Perhaps." He heads to the crazy, unstable and anything but boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School in search of his "Great Perhaps." He meets Alaska Young, a gorgeous, clever, sexy, screwed up, and utterly fascinating girl who is an event herself. She takes Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.
After. Nothing is ever the same.
Reading any John Green book is a learning experience. In An Abundance of Katherines its math. In The Fault In Our Stars its the philosophical musings of two dying teenagers. In Looking For Alaska its last words and what happens after death. I liked Looking For Alaska but it wasn't as good as The Fault In Our Stars or An Abundance of Katherines. I don't know if it is because John Green evolved as a writer or because I couldn't relate to the characters. I don't disagree with the people who say it was well written but for someone to like a book, a bond must form between the reader and the written word. Looking For Alaska was good but it didn't meet all of my expectations. I would give it 3 stars.
Here is the Goodreads link for Looking For Alaska: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/99561.Looking_for_Alaska