I decided to give this author another chance after absolutely hating the first book I read by him. He is such a popular author that I thought there had to be more. Everyone suggested Looking for Alaska, and yes, it was by far, WAY better than the first book by him, but I would give it a 3.5 out of 5 overall. It's audience is young adult and I certainly wouldn't want my middle school or high school kid reading it. It gives graphic details on how to perform some sexual acts and many more topics that just don't seem appropriate for the intended audience.
Summary from goodreads:
Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter's whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.
After. Nothing is ever the same.