Parents' Guide to

Looking for Alaska

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Popular YA book yields excellent series for mature teens.

TV Hulu Drama 2019
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Nice coming-of-age Drama is perfect for mature teens.

Looking for Alaska is a nice, teen drama which is worth watching. Ut has some mature content like strong language & some mild sexual content _ nudity.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (9 ):

This series does well to not cut corners on developing the intoxicating characters John Green developed in his first award-winning novel. The eight-part format allows for each one to be introduced and revealed over the time that their complexity demands, and this is Looking for Alaska's real treasure. Obviously, Miles is at the forefront from the beginning, relatable in his determination to find life's inspiration and surprisingly solid in his willingness to stick to his values while still broadening his experiences among new company. Self-assured Alaska coaxes him out of his shell a little at a time, but even as they get closer and he gets to know her better, she's still mysterious and captivating to Miles and to viewers. And therein lies the show's hook.

While this central relationship evolves, others fill the background in similarly fascinating fashion. The Colonel is a thoroughly intriguing character, a hard-working "scholarship kid" as Alaska coins them (herself included), completely out of his element and at odds with those more privileged by money and, in his assessment, by race, which makes his choice of girlfriends in the sharp-tongued debutante Sara (Landry Bender) that much more perplexing. Even The Eagle and the resident baddies, the Weekend Warriors, have backstories that hint at further depth and leave viewers wanting more. Looking for Alaska is an authentic dissection of the teen experience as seen through the eyes of several heterogeneous characters expertly crafted by Green and portrayed by this show's talented cast.

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