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->''I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together, in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.'' -->--'''Miles "Pudge" Halter''' about Alaska. ''Looking for Alaska'' is an award winning young adult novel by Creator/JohnGreen. It is a charming ComingOfAgeStory about the main character, Miles "Pudge" (so called [[IronicNickname because of his infernal skinniness]]). Pudge has had it with his boring Florida high school, where he has no friends, and has decided to take a chance on the more prestigious Culver Creek high school in Alabama. There, he picks up a smoking habit, thinks about God, and makes friends -- the bossy but jovial Colonel, the dry Takumi, sweet and withdrawn Lara, and the beautiful, dangerous Alaska, for whom Pudge falls quickly and soundly. It's unique for having a two part structure titled "Before" and "After", the "Before" part counting down to the story's climax and the "After" showing the characters reactions. ---- !!Tropes present in ''Looking for Alaska'' include: * [[AllMenArePerverts All Teenagers are Perverts]]: Played straight through most of the book. * ActuallyPrettyFunny: The generally humorless Eagle's reaction to Alaska's prank. * ArcWords: A quotations from Gabriel García Márquez's ''The General In His Labyrinth'': "How will I ever get out of this labyrinth!" And the [[FamousLastWords the final words]] of Creator/FrancoisRabelais: "I go to seek a great perhaps". * BelligerentSexualTension: Practically the binding of the pages for a few chapters. Averted somewhat in that they do relieve the tension with the occasional (and usually mild or nondescript) sex scene. * BerserkButton: Alaska flips her shit when the Weekday Warriors flood her room. * BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Alaska dies in a car accident at the novel's climax. The rest of the novel deals with how all the characters deal with this traumatic event. Generally everything looks up towards the end: the cast flawlessly pulls an incredible prank on Alaska's behalf, and Pudge writing a fairly upbeat solution to Alaska's labyrinth question, but the reader gets the sense that the scars still linger.]] * {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Alaska. * ClusterFBomb: Cluster S Bomb would probably be more accurate, but there's still a surprising amount of swearing in a book intended for high-schoolers. * CharacterDevelopment: Miles goes from an, isolated, mild, ExtremeDoormat into a considerably more self-aware, moody young man. * ComingOfAgeStory * DarkAndTroubledPast: Alaska [[spoiler: watched her mother die in front of her, too paralysed with fear to do the one thing she could have done to help by calling an ambulance.]] * [[spoiler: DeathByNewberyMedal: This Michael L. Printz Award winning book features a nerdy young teen who goes to a boarding school and meets a beautiful, adventurous girl with green eyes named Alaska. She has issues about her dead mother, so she drinks and smokes a lot and drives a beat up old car with bad brakes. Need I say what happens to her midway through the novel?]] * DeepFriedWhatever: The school is in the south, and almost all of the food in the cafeteria is deep-fried. ** Including burritos, which are actually "bufriedos". * [[spoiler: DidNotGetTheGirl]] * [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide]]: Maybe. It's the ongoing question of the 'after' section. * DrivesLikeCrazy: Alaska, naturally. * EscalatingWar: It starts with a malicious dunking... * FamousLastWords: Collecting these is Pudge's hobby, which later turns very symbolic as he never learns what [[spoiler:Alaska's]] were. * FiveManBand: The Barn Night Crew. ** The Hero: Alaska. ** The Lancer: Pudge. ** The Big Guy: The Colonel. *** Subverted. Although he is TheNapoleon and has a very short temper, he's much closer to TheSmartGuy. ** The Smart Guy: Takumi. *** Subverted. Although being the token Asian, he is a pretty normal guy and isn't the brains behind the stunts that the Colonel and Alaska pull off. He [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this. ** The Chick: Lara. * ForgottenAnniversary: A darker and rare non-romantic version; Alaska forgets the date of her mother's death, and freaks out. ** Also, that day turned out to be her and Jake's eight month anniversary, which might have prompted her to remember the death. * FunetikAksent: Lara speeks like thees. * GreenEyes: Alaska. Miles compares them to emeralds. * HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Alaska. She even buries wine in the woods so she always has some. [[spoiler:And it kills her.]] * HeroicBSOD: Chip and Miles, [[spoiler: after Alaska's death. And pretty much everyone else, to a lesser extreme.]] * InsistentTerminology: Lara is ''Romanian''. * ItsAllMyFault: Miles and the Colonel (and [[spoiler:Takumi]]) blame themselves for [[spoiler:Alaska's death]]. * {{Jerkass}}: Kevin. Miles could have died being thrown into the lake duct-taped, and the only reason they messed with him is because the Colonel is his room-mate. * LeftFielder: When Lara asks Pudge if [[spoiler:he's ever gotten a blowjob.]] Pudge immediately lampshades this. * LoveTriangle: Miles himself is totally aware he's in one with Alaska, himself and Lara. In contrast, he imagines that there's a tortured love triangle between himself, Alaska, and her boyfriend, Jake. ** [[spoiler: Even after she dies. He calls it "a love triangle with a dead end."]] * LovingAShadow: An interesting case, as Miles clearly is infatuated with Alaska, but he himself admits she's right when she points out he only loves the crazy, fun-loving side of her and not her bitchy, out-of-control side. The Colonel also calls Miles out on this [[spoiler: after her death, telling him he cares more about his fantasy of Alaska then the real person.]] * ManicPixieDreamGirl: Alaska is a deconstruction of this trope. For one, though Pudge is smitten with her from the start, she is out to have fun and break rules, not to lighten up Pudge's life. Her behavior is also consciously self-destructive, and very dangerous. She even lampshades it when she lists the aspects of her that Miles wants and the ones he doesn't want, pointing out that he wants a "manic pixie" without realising that it's ''who she is'', not a performance for his benefit. * MoodSwinger: Alaska. * MoralGuardians: They almost grounded this book because of the swearing, drinking, and intense sexuality of the characters, which indicates possibly that they have never met real teenagers. ** Also, the US bookcover originally only pictured a stream of cigarette smoke, but bookstores objected and Penguin added a candle underneath. That candle was expunged in all future editions. * [[spoiler:MyGreatestFailure: Alaska blames herself for her mom's death.]] ** Likewise, the whole cast develops one [[spoiler: after Alaska's greatest failure finally kills her.]] * NiceHat: Takumi's...fox-head thing. He calls it ''The Fox''. * NotWhatItLooksLike: Pudge and Colonel would sometimes go into the bathroom together with the shower running to smoke because it's against the rules and the steam supposedly clears the smell. HilarityEnsues when they're caught. * OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: A lot of characters. ** Mostly so the people they're based on can have plausible deniability. * ParentalAbandonment: The Colonel. [[spoiler: His dad walked out on himself and his mother and never came back.]] * PlatonicLifePartners: The Colonel and Alaska are portrayed this way. * POVBoyPosterGirl: Pudge and Alaska fit the trope perfectly. * PrecisionFStrike: Miles unexpectedly delivers one to the Colonel after the Colonel pulls a WhatTheHellHero on him, telling him, [[spoiler: "Why did you let her go, [[ArmorPiercingQuestion if you loved her so much?]] I was drunk. What's your excuse?"]] * ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The Eagle may be strict, but it's shown many times that he truly does care for the students and the school. * RiddleForTheAges: [[spoiler:Accident or suicide?]] * ShaggyDogStory: A fully justified one. [[spoiler:Miles and the Colonel never learn conclusively whether or not Alaska's crash was a suicide, but the story isn't about that; it's about them learning to move on from her death, and continuing their investigation means they'll never comes to terms with their grief.]] * SmokingIsCool: All the main characters smoke. The main villain ([[AntiVillain if he can even be called that]]), The Eagle, busts them for smoking. ** Green mentioned that he started smoking at about this time, and in later life had a harder time quitting nicotine gum than transitioning from smoking to the gum. Make of that what you will. * SpellMyNameWithAnS: Maxx, the [[spoiler:stripper they hire for the prank]]. He's even called "Max with the two x's" a few times. * SympatheticAdulterer: Both Alaska and Miles were in relationships when they hooked up [[spoiler: shortly before Alaska's death.]] Miles never admits to Lara that this happened and it is never commented on by anyone. * UnresolvedSexualTension: Between Miles and Alaska. ''Oh, so much''. [[spoiler:Remains unresolved due to Alaska's death.]] * UnusualChapterNumbers: All of the chapters count off the days until [[spoiler:Alaska dies. The rest of the book count forward from her death]]. * WhatTheHellHero: Alaska calls Pudge out because, "Don't you know who you love, Pudge? You love the girl who drinks wine and watches porn with you. You don't love the crazy, sullen bitch." ** Lara also gives Pudge one when he completely ignores her after [[spoiler: Alaska's death]]. She is much more forgiving of him than he was expecting, though. ** Both Pudge and The Colonel get one from Takumi, for the same reasons as Lara. [[spoiler: At least before Takumi admits he also didn't stop Alaska on the night of her death. He leaves Culver Creek before the other two can talk to him about it, though.]] * WithAFriendAndAStranger: Gender-inverted with Alaska, the Colonel (Friend), and Pudge (Stranger). * WriteWhatYouKnow: The Culver Creek Preparatory School was closely based on the real life [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdjmNPlePVE Indian Springs School]] (Birmingham, Alabama), a boarding school John Green attended. The Bufriedos were real, and they were was even less healthy than the book made them sound. ** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lht_JH2xi6w Also, John Green may or may not have orchestrated a prank involving a stripper during his high school days.]] ---- <<|{{Literature}}|>>
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->''I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together, in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.'' -->--'''Miles "Pudge" Halter''' about Alaska. ''Looking for Alaska'' is an award winning young adult novel by Creator/JohnGreen. It is a charming ComingOfAgeStory about the main character, Miles "Pudge" (so called [[IronicNickname because of his infernal skinniness]]). Pudge has had it with his boring Florida high school, where he has no friends, and has decided to take a chance on the more prestigious Culver Creek high school in Alabama. There, he picks up a smoking habit, thinks about God, and makes friends -- the bossy but jovial Colonel, the dry Takumi, sweet and withdrawn Lara, and the beautiful, dangerous Alaska, for whom Pudge falls quickly and soundly. It's unique for having a two part structure titled "Before" and "After", the "Before" part counting down to the story's climax and the "After" showing the characters reactions. ---- !!Tropes present in ''Looking for Alaska'' include: * [[AllMenArePerverts All Teenagers are Perverts]]: Played straight through most of the book. * ActuallyPrettyFunny: The generally humorless Eagle's reaction to Alaska's prank. * ArcWords: A quotations from Gabriel García Márquez's ''The General In His Labyrinth'': "How will I ever get out of this labyrinth!" And the [[FamousLastWords the final words]] of Creator/FrancoisRabelais: "I go to seek a great perhaps". * BelligerentSexualTension: Practically the binding of the pages for a few chapters. Averted somewhat in that they do relieve the tension with the occasional (and usually mild or nondescript) sex scene. * BerserkButton: Alaska flips her shit when the Weekday Warriors flood her room. * BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Alaska dies in a car accident at the novel's climax. The rest of the novel deals with how all the characters deal with this traumatic event. Generally everything looks up towards the end: the cast flawlessly pulls an incredible prank on Alaska's behalf, and Pudge writing a fairly upbeat solution to Alaska's labyrinth question, but the reader gets the sense that the scars still linger.]] * {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Alaska. * ClusterFBomb: Cluster S Bomb would probably be more accurate, but there's still a surprising amount of swearing in a book intended for high-schoolers. * CharacterDevelopment: Miles goes from an, isolated, mild, ExtremeDoormat into a considerably more self-aware, moody young man. * ComingOfAgeStory * DarkAndTroubledPast: Alaska [[spoiler: watched her mother die in front of her, too paralysed with fear to do the one thing she could have done to help by calling an ambulance.]] * [[spoiler: DeathByNewberyMedal: This Michael L. Printz Award winning book features a nerdy young teen who goes to a boarding school and meets a beautiful, adventurous girl with green eyes named Alaska. She has issues about her dead mother, so she drinks and smokes a lot and drives a beat up old car with bad brakes. Need I say what happens to her midway through the novel?]] * DeepFriedWhatever: The school is in the south, and almost all of the food in the cafeteria is deep-fried. ** Including burritos, which are actually "bufriedos". * [[spoiler: DidNotGetTheGirl]] * [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide]]: Maybe. It's the ongoing question of the 'after' section. * DrivesLikeCrazy: Alaska, naturally. * EscalatingWar: It starts with a malicious dunking... * FamousLastWords: Collecting these is Pudge's hobby, which later turns very symbolic as he never learns what [[spoiler:Alaska's]] were. * FiveManBand: The Barn Night Crew. ** The Hero: Alaska. ** The Lancer: Pudge. ** The Big Guy: The Colonel. *** Subverted. Although he is TheNapoleon and has a very short temper, he's much closer to TheSmartGuy. ** The Smart Guy: Takumi. *** Subverted. Although being the token Asian, he is a pretty normal guy and isn't the brains behind the stunts that the Colonel and Alaska pull off. He [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this. ** The Chick: Lara. * ForgottenAnniversary: A darker and rare non-romantic version; Alaska forgets the date of her mother's death, and freaks out. ** Also, that day turned out to be her and Jake's eight month anniversary, which might have prompted her to remember the death. * FunetikAksent: Lara speeks like thees. * GreenEyes: Alaska. Miles compares them to emeralds. * HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Alaska. She even buries wine in the woods so she always has some. [[spoiler:And it kills her.]] * HeroicBSOD: Chip and Miles, [[spoiler: after Alaska's death. And pretty much everyone else, to a lesser extreme.]] * InsistentTerminology: Lara is ''Romanian''. * ItsAllMyFault: Miles and the Colonel (and [[spoiler:Takumi]]) blame themselves for [[spoiler:Alaska's death]]. * {{Jerkass}}: Kevin. Miles could have died being thrown into the lake duct-taped, and the only reason they messed with him is because the Colonel is his room-mate. * LeftFielder: When Lara asks Pudge if [[spoiler:he's ever gotten a blowjob.]] Pudge immediately lampshades this. * LoveTriangle: Miles himself is totally aware he's in one with Alaska, himself and Lara. In contrast, he imagines that there's a tortured love triangle between himself, Alaska, and her boyfriend, Jake. ** [[spoiler: Even after she dies. He calls it "a love triangle with a dead end."]] * LovingAShadow: An interesting case, as Miles clearly is infatuated with Alaska, but he himself admits she's right when she points out he only loves the crazy, fun-loving side of her and not her bitchy, out-of-control side. The Colonel also calls Miles out on this [[spoiler: after her death, telling him he cares more about his fantasy of Alaska then the real person.]] * ManicPixieDreamGirl: Alaska is a deconstruction of this trope. For one, though Pudge is smitten with her from the start, she is out to have fun and break rules, not to lighten up Pudge's life. Her behavior is also consciously self-destructive, and very dangerous. She even lampshades it when she lists the aspects of her that Miles wants and the ones he doesn't want, pointing out that he wants a "manic pixie" without realising that it's ''who she is'', not a performance for his benefit. * MoodSwinger: Alaska. * MoralGuardians: They almost grounded this book because of the swearing, drinking, and intense sexuality of the characters, which indicates possibly that they have never met real teenagers. ** Also, the US bookcover originally only pictured a stream of cigarette smoke, but bookstores objected and Penguin added a candle underneath. That candle was expunged in all future editions. * [[spoiler:MyGreatestFailure: Alaska blames herself for her mom's death.]] ** Likewise, the whole cast develops one [[spoiler: after Alaska's greatest failure finally kills her.]] * NiceHat: Takumi's...fox-head thing. He calls it ''The Fox''. * NotWhatItLooksLike: Pudge and Colonel would sometimes go into the bathroom together with the shower running to smoke because it's against the rules and the steam supposedly clears the smell. HilarityEnsues when they're caught. * OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: A lot of characters. ** Mostly so the people they're based on can have plausible deniability. * ParentalAbandonment: The Colonel. [[spoiler: His dad walked out on himself and his mother and never came back.]] * PlatonicLifePartners: The Colonel and Alaska are portrayed this way. * POVBoyPosterGirl: Pudge and Alaska fit the trope perfectly. * PrecisionFStrike: Miles unexpectedly delivers one to the Colonel after the Colonel pulls a WhatTheHellHero on him, telling him, [[spoiler: "Why did you let her go, [[ArmorPiercingQuestion if you loved her so much?]] I was drunk. What's your excuse?"]] * ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The Eagle may be strict, but it's shown many times that he truly does care for the students and the school. * RiddleForTheAges: [[spoiler:Accident or suicide?]] * ShaggyDogStory: A fully justified one. [[spoiler:Miles and the Colonel never learn conclusively whether or not Alaska's crash was a suicide, but the story isn't about that; it's about them learning to move on from her death, and continuing their investigation means they'll never comes to terms with their grief.]] * SmokingIsCool: All the main characters smoke. The main villain ([[AntiVillain if he can even be called that]]), The Eagle, busts them for smoking. ** Green mentioned that he started smoking at about this time, and in later life had a harder time quitting nicotine gum than transitioning from smoking to the gum. Make of that what you will. * SpellMyNameWithAnS: Maxx, the [[spoiler:stripper they hire for the prank]]. He's even called "Max with the two x's" a few times. * SympatheticAdulterer: Both Alaska and Miles were in relationships when they hooked up [[spoiler: shortly before Alaska's death.]] Miles never admits to Lara that this happened and it is never commented on by anyone. * UnresolvedSexualTension: Between Miles and Alaska. ''Oh, so much''. [[spoiler:Remains unresolved due to Alaska's death.]] * UnusualChapterNumbers: All of the chapters count off the days until [[spoiler:Alaska dies. The rest of the book count forward from her death]]. * WhatTheHellHero: Alaska calls Pudge out because, "Don't you know who you love, Pudge? You love the girl who drinks wine and watches porn with you. You don't love the crazy, sullen bitch." ** Lara also gives Pudge one when he completely ignores her after [[spoiler: Alaska's death]]. She is much more forgiving of him than he was expecting, though. ** Both Pudge and The Colonel get one from Takumi, for the same reasons as Lara. [[spoiler: At least before Takumi admits he also didn't stop Alaska on the night of her death. He leaves Culver Creek before the other two can talk to him about it, though.]] * WithAFriendAndAStranger: Gender-inverted with Alaska, the Colonel (Friend), and Pudge (Stranger). * WriteWhatYouKnow: The Culver Creek Preparatory School was closely based on the real life [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdjmNPlePVE Indian Springs School]] (Birmingham, Alabama), a boarding school John Green attended. The Bufriedos were real, and they were was even less healthy than the book made them sound. ** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lht_JH2xi6w Also, John Green may or may not have orchestrated a prank involving a stripper during his high school days.]] ---- <<|{{Literature}}|>>[[redirect:Literature/LookingForAlaska]]
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* POVBoyPosterGirl: Pudge and Alaska fit the trope perfectly.

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** Green mentioned that he started smoking at about this time, and in later life had a harder time quitting nicotine gum than transitioning from smoking to the gum. Make of that what you will.
5th Oct '13 11:44:33 PM Gemmabeta
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-->Miles "Pudge" Halter about Alaska.
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5th Oct '13 11:43:18 PM Gemmabeta
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->''I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together, in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.'' -->Miles "Pudge" Halter about Alaska.
26th Sep '13 8:17:45 PM Hungerismygame
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It's unique for having a two part structure titled "Before" and "After", the "Before" part counting down to the story's traumatic climax and the "After" section dealing with how the characters pick up the pieces.
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It's unique for having a two part structure titled "Before" and "After", the "Before" part counting down to the story's traumatic climax and the "After" section dealing with how showing the characters pick up the pieces. reactions.
20th Sep '13 10:52:51 PM Gemmabeta
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* ArcWords: A quotations from Gabriel García Márquez's ''The General In His Labyrinth'': "How will I ever get out of this labyrinth!" And the [[FamousLastWords the final words]] of Creator/FrançoisRabelais: "I go to seek a great perhaps".
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* ArcWords: A quotations from Gabriel García Márquez's ''The General In His Labyrinth'': "How will I ever get out of this labyrinth!" And the [[FamousLastWords the final words]] of Creator/FrançoisRabelais: Creator/FrancoisRabelais: "I go to seek a great perhaps".
20th Sep '13 10:52:36 PM Gemmabeta
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* ArcWords: A quotations from Gabriel García Márquez's ''The General In His Labyrinth'': "How will I ever get out of this labyrinth!" And the [[FamousLastWords the final words]] of FrançoisRabelais: "I go to seek a great perhaps".
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* ArcWords: A quotations from Gabriel García Márquez's ''The General In His Labyrinth'': "How will I ever get out of this labyrinth!" And the [[FamousLastWords the final words]] of FrançoisRabelais: Creator/FrançoisRabelais: "I go to seek a great perhaps".
20th Sep '13 10:52:22 PM Gemmabeta
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* ArcWords: Mostly two quotations from Gabriel García Márquez's ''The General In His Labyrinth'': 'I go to seek a great perhaps', and 'How will I ever get out of this labyrinth!'
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* ArcWords: Mostly two A quotations from Gabriel García Márquez's ''The General In His Labyrinth'': 'I go to seek a great perhaps', and 'How "How will I ever get out of this labyrinth!'labyrinth!" And the [[FamousLastWords the final words]] of FrançoisRabelais: "I go to seek a great perhaps".
20th Sep '13 10:47:56 PM Gemmabeta
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* WriteWhatYouKnow: The Culver Creek Preparatory School was closely based on the real life Indian Springs School (Birmingham, Alabama), a boarding school John Green attended. The Bufriedos were real, and they were was even less healthy than the book made them sound.
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* WriteWhatYouKnow: The Culver Creek Preparatory School was closely based on the real life [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdjmNPlePVE Indian Springs School School]] (Birmingham, Alabama), a boarding school John Green attended. The Bufriedos were real, and they were was even less healthy than the book made them sound.
20th Sep '13 10:46:19 PM Gemmabeta
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* WriteWhatYouKnow: The Birmingham Culver Creek Preparatory School was closely based on the real life Indian Springs School, a boarding school John Green attended. The Bufriedos were real, and they were was even less healthy than the book made them sound.
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* WriteWhatYouKnow: The Birmingham Culver Creek Preparatory School was closely based on the real life Indian Springs School, School (Birmingham, Alabama), a boarding school John Green attended. The Bufriedos were real, and they were was even less healthy than the book made them sound.
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