Looking for Alaska

Books like Looking for Alaska

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#1 Rumble Fish

The story centers on Rusty who runs into an old friend (Steve) after spending lots of time on the seashore. And after some chit-chat, Rusty tells Steve about things that happened in the past. Rusty and Steve both were in the gang as teenagers and frequently went out to play pool.

They discover that a person named Biff is out to assassinate Rusty, but he ignores it until it comes true. Biff and Rusty battle and Rusty manages to overcome Biff but is stabbed after becoming distracted by a movement. He is later rescued by the Motorcycle guy, who also happens to be his brother, and returns home.

#2 Wonder

August “Auggie” Pullman is a home-schooled 5th grader who lives with his parents in Upper Manhattan’s North River Heights. Treacher Collins syndrome is a hereditary disorder that has damaged his face. As a result, August is being home-schooled by his mom. However, his parents enrolled him in Beecher Prep, a private school, at the start of fifth grade to offer him a broader perspective of the world.

Auggie simply deserves to be respected like any other youngster. August, on the other hand, is struggling with a lot greater than just being new. Will he meet any new people? And will those around him be able to see past his external appearance?

#3 The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian

Arnold Spirit Jr., sometimes known as Junior, is a resident of the Spokane Indian Reservation. Junior relates the narrative in his journal, frequently adding cartoon drawings to remark on the incidents and people he cares about. Junior, like Christopher Boone, from The Curious Incident, is differently-abled and suffering from hydrocephalus, which causes him to be short, have poor eye-sight, stammer, and have frequent seizures.

He is regularly ridiculed because of his disability, yet he finds a way to make a buddy named Rowdy. Junior eventually moves from his school to an all-white public high school, which causes everyone on the reservation to despise him. He is caught between fitting in at his all-white school and his Indian ancestry, but can he manage both and have a happily ever after?

#4 That Was Then, This Is Now

Another novel by S.E. Hinton that you should read before moving on (not literally!). This novel is less well-known than The Outsiders, but if you’ve read The Outsiders, you’ll notice that many of the characters in “That were then, this is now” are recognizable to you, such as Ponyboy, who appears in both books.

The plot revolves around two childhood friends named Mark and Bryan, who have been living together after the death of Mark’s parents, but owing to various issues, Bryan’s family is in financial difficulties, forcing both Bryan and Mark to hunt for work. While Bryan is looking for work, Mark becomes involved in illegal activity. The situation at home worsens, and Mark begins bringing home dubious amounts of money; at this point, Bryan and Mark are now drifting apart, and Bryan begins to be skeptical of Mark’s employment.

#5 Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck wrote the novella Of Mice and Men. It was published in 1937 and tells the story of George and Lenny that make an unusual couple. George is “small and quick and dark of face,” but Lennie has the brains of a kid despite his gigantic bulk. Regardless, they are just like family to me.

Laborers in the parched vegetable fields of California labor more than they can, whenever they can. Lennie and George have a plan: they want to buy an acre of property and build their own shack.

#6 Holes

Stanley Yelnats has a curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has been passed down through generations of Yelnats. Stanley works every day, all day, digging trenches that are exactly five feet in width and five feet in depth after being wrongfully sent to a boys’ detention camp, Camp Green Lake.

But there’s more to Camp Green Lake than just character development. Because the warden is looking for something, the guys start digging holes. What may be hidden under the dried-up lake? What does all of this have to do with Stanley?

#7 The Giver

The Giver is widely considered one of our generation’s most influential works. Jonas, a twelve-year-old child who lives in an apparently ideal environment of conformity and order, is central to the ethically laden storyline.

At the age of twelve, every member of society is assigned a job based on his or her abilities and interests. Jonas does not completely realize the dark, convoluted facts behind his weak civilization until he is awarded his duty as the Receiver of Memory—the community’s lone guardian of collective memory.

#8 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Christopher John Francis Boone, is a 15-year-old child who lives with his dad, Ed, and views the world differently. He can name all of the nations and capitals in the world, and every prime number up to 7,057. He has a good grasp of animals but not of human emotions. He can’t bear being touched. He also despises the color yellow.

Christopher discovers Wellington, the neighbor’s dog, dead one day and conducts an investigation into the dog’s death. Despite his father’s warnings, Christopher investigates the crime scene and interviews the people who live on his street. During his inquiry, he discovers a more complex scheme than he had suspected.

#9 The Outsiders

In the book, The Outsiders, Ponyboy Curtis, a 14-year-old boy, contends with right and wrong in a society where he feels like an outsider. Ponyboy believes that there are two sorts of individuals in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for “social”) is a wealthy someone who can get away with practically anything. A greaser, on the other hand, is continually on the go and must watch his back.

Ponyboy has always been proud of his greaser status, even if it means fighting toe-to-toe with a group of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers. The difficulties and friendships that Ponyboy and his crew face as greasers are highlighted throughout the narrative. It’s a novel that’s simple to absorb no matter who the reader is since it’s written from the perspective of a 14-year-old boy. It’s a coming-of-age narrative that deals with friendship, adversity, and overcoming obstacles.

#10 Books Like 500 Days Of Summer

The film (500) Days of Summer kicks off at breakneck speed into a witty, true-to-life, and original deconstruction of the turbulent and unexpected year and a half of one young man’s no-holds-barred love affair with the sarcastic, probing narrator declaring, “This is a narrative of boy meets girl.”

The Newmarket Shooting Script book also features production notes, the whole cast and crew credits, an 8-page color section, and special forewords by screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber in addition to the complete screenplay.

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#11 Books Like Before The Coffee Gets Cold

There is a café in Tokyo that has been selling expertly prepared coffee for further than a century, hidden away in a little back lane. But this coffee shop gives its patrons a one-of-a-kind opportunity: the chance to go back in time.

We meet four visitors in Before the Coffee Gets Cold, each of whom wants to take advantage of the café’s time-traveling offer in order to: encounter the man who left them; get a letter from their husband for whom the memory has been chosen to take by early onset Alzheimer’s; see their sister for the last time; and encounter the daughter they never got the opportunity to learn.

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#12 Books Like To All The Bright Places

Theodore Finch is obsessed with death and frequently considers ways to commit suicide. But every time, he is stopped by something positive, no matter how minor. Violet Markey is counting down the days till graduation so she can leave her Indiana village and her agonising grief following the tragic passing of her sister.

It’s unknown who saves who when Finch and Violet encounter one other on the edge of the school bell tower. And Finch and Violet both make additional significant discoveries as they work together on a project to learn about the “natural wonders” of their state: Only with Violet can Finch be himself—a peculiar, humorous, and live-out-loud kind of guy who is actually not such a weirdo after all. And Violet can only stop counting the days and begin living them when she is with Finch. However, as Violet’s world expands, Finch starts to contract.

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#13 Me Before You

Before love gave them everything to lose, they had nothing in common. Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl who has seldom ventured outside of their small community. She has a steady boyfriend and a close-knit family. She accepts a position working for wheelchair-bound former Master of the Universe Will Traynor, which she desperately needs. Will has always led a lavish lifestyle—huge deals, intense sports, and international travel—and he is now very certain he cannot continue to live this way.

Will is sarcastic, temperamental, and domineering, but Lou won’t treat him like a baby, and eventually, his happiness matters more to her than she anticipated. She goes out to prove to Will that life is still worthwhile after learning that he has shocking plans of his own. Me Before You is a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, “What do you do when trying to make the person you cherish happily also means breaking your own heart?” It is a love story for this generation and is ideal for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.

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#14 Nomadland

Employers have identified a new, low-cost labor pool, mostly made up of roving older individuals, from the beet fields of North Dakota to the campgrounds of California to Amazon’s CamperForce program in Texas. Tens of thousands of these unnoticed victims of the Great Recession have hit the road in RVs and vans that have been converted, constituting a growing nomad society.

Nomadland is a startling account of the murky underbelly of the American economy, one that portends the uncertain future that may be in store for many of us in the future. It also recognizes the extraordinary resiliency and ingenuity of these Americans, who have given up their normal roots in order to live but have not given up on themselves.

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#15 Midnight Sun

Twilight’s Edward Cullen and Bella Swan’s encounter marked the beginning of a legendary love story. Fans, however, have only ever heard Bella’s perspective up until this point. In the eagerly anticipated companion book, Midnight Sun, readers can at last experience Edward’s interpretation.

Through Edward’s eyes, this remarkable story is portrayed in a fresh and unmistakably dark way. In all his years as a vampire, meeting Bella is the most unsettling and fascinating experience he has ever had. We comprehend why this is the most important conflict in Edward’s life as we uncover more fascinating insights about his past and the nuanced nature of his inner thoughts. How can he defend following his emotions if doing so puts Bella in harm’s way?

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#16 The Notebook

The tale of Noah Calhoun, a recent veteran of the Second World War from a remote Southern state, is introduced among the stark grandeur of the North Carolina coast. A gorgeous girl Noah met fourteen years ago and fell in love with intensely is haunting him as he works to restore a plantation house to its former splendor. Noah is glad to live with only memories of her because he can’t seem to find her and doesn’t want to forget the summer they lived together. That is until she suddenly makes a surprise visit back to his hometown to see him.

The tale of Noah and Allie is only the first piece of a larger puzzle. As it progresses, their story mysteriously changes into another with considerably larger stakes. The overall effect is a profoundly emotional portrayal of love, with its sweet moments and universally felt changes. It is a tale of miracles and feelings that you will never forget.

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#17 The Hate U Give

Starr Carter, a sixteen-year-old, alternates between her affluent suburban prep school and her impoverished neighborhood of residence. When Starr sees her childhood closest mate Khalil being fatally shot by a police officer, the delicate balance between the two worlds is upended. Khalil had no weapons.

His death makes national headlines not long after that. He is being referred to be a thug, possibly even a drug trafficker, and gangbanger, by some. In Khalil’s honor, demonstrators are marching in the streets. Starr and her family are being threatened by some police officers and the local drug lord. What actually happened that night is what everyone is interested in learning. Starr is the only living person who can respond to that.

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#18 The Virgin Suïcides

Jeffrey Eugenides, an American author, published his first book, The Virgin Suicides, in 1993. The Lisbon girls, five tragic sisters, are the main characters of the fictional drama, which takes place in Grosse Pointe, Michigan in the 1970s.

The girls’ appearance when their mom let them out for their one and only date in their life was stunning because it seemed almost regular. Twenty years later, the boys who worshipped the sisters can still vividly recall the details of their enigmatic personalities, including the brassiere that the promiscuous Lux draped over a crucifix, the sisters’ breathtaking entrance the night of the dance, and the sultry, lethargic street where they witnessed a family break apart and frail lives disappear.

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#19 The Catcher in the Rye

Holden Caulfield was recently expelled from a new school after failing the majority of his subjects. Holden quits Pencey Prep after a quarrel with his roommate and ends up in New York City. Holden’s perception of the universe and its people evolves as he finds solace in brief encounters.

He wanders the city like a spirit, always thinking about his young sister Phoebe and his desire to escape the posers (adults) and live a meaningful life. The Catcher in the Rye, like The Outsiders, is a coming-of-age story that portrays the primordial human desire for connections as well as the perplexing feeling of loss we feel as we grow from childhood to adulthood.

#20 Books Like Under The Tuscan Sun

In the vein of Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence, this charming and poetic account of Tuscany’s way of life, customs, and cuisine.

When Frances Mayes started renovating an abandoned villa in the breathtaking Tuscan countryside, she stepped into a beautiful new world. Unexpected finds might be found everywhere: fading frescos hidden behind the whitewash in her dining room, a vineyard hidden beneath wildly out-of-control brambles in the garden, and in the adjacent hill towns, bustling marketplaces, and friendly locals. She invites readers to enjoy the pleasures of Italian life and to feast at her table in Under the Tuscan Sun with the poetic speech of a poet, the vision of a seasoned traveler, and the discriminating palette of a cook and food writer.

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