Miles Halter is a new student at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama. He leaves his home for thesearch of a Great Perhaps. Pudge was a loner at his old school, which makes him nervous on making newfriends. He makes friends with his roommate, Chip “the Colonel” and his group of friends, including Takumi,Lara, and Alaska. They give Miles the nickname “Pudge” because of his skinny looks. The night beforeschool starts, Pudge is duct taped like a mummy, and chucked into the school’s lake by the WeekdayWarriors, the rich kids.
He survives and the Colonel assures pay back against them. As time passes, Pudgebecomes closer to his new friends. An important part of the group’s bond is trust.
Takumi tells Pudge that itwas Alaska out ratted out Paul and Myra, two Weekday Warriors who broke all three of the basic schoolrules. Pudge stays with Alaska during the Thanksgiving break, after lying to his parents that he has a lot ofwork to do as a reason for him not visiting them. The two spent a lot of fun time together, growing closer toone another. After Christmas break, the group plans a prank in which they send progress reports to some ofthe Weekday Warriors’ houses. When they return to the campus with a successful prank, Pudge, Alaska,and the Colonel play Truth or Dare. Pudge is dared to makeout with Alaska and does. Alaska wakes up thesame night to answer the phone and drives away from campus without stating a reason why – just tellingPudge and the Colonel to burst more firecrackers to distract The Eagle (Mr. Starnes) as she drives away.
The next morning, it is announced that Alaska died in a road accident. Horrified by her death, Pudge andthe Colonel investigate on what might had happened. They had ignored Takumi all this while, but somehowthey unwillingly allow him to join them in their investigation.
One day, Takumi remembers that Alaskaremembered it was the day after her mother’s death anniversary while she was talking to Jake on the phonebefore she left. However, it stays uncertain if Alaska’s death was an accident or a suicide. To celebrateAlaska’s love for pranks, the group conduct a prank at Speaker Day for Alaska’s remembrance.
They call amale stripper pretending to be someone else to speak. Whilst he is speaking, Lara asks him to take his shirtoff and so he does. The Eagle understood that they must have done this intentionally, however, he finds itsuitable to commemorate Alaska. In the end, Pudge is cool around Alaska’s death, realizing that he willnever completely understand her, but she will always be honoured by those who were close to her