A junior in high school and the main character and narrator of the novel. He moves to the Culver Creek boarding school in Birmingham, AL from his home in Florida, where he is a good… read analysis of Miles Halter
Chip Martin (The Colonel)
The Colonel is Miles’ roommate and best friend at Culver Creek, as well as the facilitator of all the pranks he and his friends pull on the school. The Colonel is very poor and… read analysis of Chip Martin (The Colonel)
Alaska is Miles’ love interest at Culver Creek. She is smart and loves quoting poetry, but she can also be moody and unpredictable. Alaska loves sex, smoking, drinking, and pulling pranks. She occasionally… read analysis of Alaska Young
Takumi is very close withAlaska and good friends with Lara, the Colonel, and Miles. He loves to freestyle rap. Like Miles, he also has feelings for Alaska. The Colonel and Miles… read analysis of Takumi Hikohito
Dr. Hyde (The Old Man)
Dr. Hyde is a very old religion teacher at Culver Creek. Miles thinks that he’s a genius, even though he once kicks Miles out of class. Dr. Hyde encourages his students to think about the… read analysis of Dr. Hyde (The Old Man)
Kevin and Longwell Chase cover Miles in duct tape and throw him into the lake at the beginning of the school year. Both are Weekday Warriors. The Colonel hates Kevin, and even though Kevin… read analysis of Kevin
Lara is a Romanian student at Culver Creek. She is Miles’ girlfriend for one day and becomes close friends with Takumi after Alaska’s death. Lara is very quiet, but she helps the group pull off a number of pranks.
Jake is Alaska’s boyfriend, who doesn’t go to Culver Creek. He gives Alaska white tulips for their anniversary and calls her the evening that she dies.
Weekday Warriors are students at Culver Creek who do not board on the weekends. Instead, they go home to their wealthy families who have mansions in Birmingham. The Colonelhates Weekday Warriors, but they end up helping him pull off Alaska’s last prank.
Dolores, the Colonel’s mom, invites Alaska and Miles to spend Thanksgiving in her trailer. Although she is poor, she is very generous. She is also deeply grateful to have a good son.
Maxx is the stripper who pretends to be Dr. William Morse at Speaker Day. He helps the junior class pull off the Alaska Young Memorial Prank.
Marya is Alaska’s former roommate. She was expelled from Culver Creek after being caught drunk, having sex, and smoking pot.
Paul is Marya’s boyfriend and was also expelled from Culver Creek.
Sara is a Weekday Warrior and the Colonel’s girlfriend at the beginning of the novel.
Miles’ dad, and an alumnus of Culver Creek. He pretends to be Dr. Wiliam Morse on a phone call with the Eagle to help Miles pull off Alaska’s prank.
Miles’ mom, who worries that Miles has no friends in Florida. She allows him to stay at Culver Creek over Thanksgiving when she learns that he has friends at his new school.
Alaska’s dad. According to Alaska, he blames her for her mother’s death.
Along with Kevin, Longwell Chase throws Miles into the lake at the beginning of the school year. At the end of the year, he helps Miles convince the Eagle to hire Dr. William Morse for Speaker Day.
Holly is a student at Culver Creek who tells Miles and the Colonel that she thinks Alaska was trying to send her messages from the grave while she was eating at Waffle House.
Hank is the star basketball player at Culver Creek. He loves to smoke weed.
Madame O’Malley is the French teacher at Culver Creek. She tries to comfort the Colonel when he first hears of Alaska’s death.
Maureen is the chef at Culver Creek.
Katie is Lara’s roommate. She knees Miles in the balls.
Pelham police officer
The police officer Miles and the Colonel speak to, and the man who saw Alaska die. He is not sure whether her death was an accident or a suicide.