On his first night at Culver Creek, Pudge is kidnapped and thrown into a lake by the "Weekday Warriors," rich schoolmates who blame the Colonel and his friends for the expulsion of their friend, Paul.
There is much tension between Pudge's friends and the Weekday Warriors because of Paul's expulsion.
He concludes that the labyrinth was a person's suffering and that humans must try to find their way out.
Afterwards, Pudge grows closer to Lara, and they start dating.
A week later, after another 'celebration', an intoxicated Alaska and Pudge spend the night together.
In the middle of the night, Alaska receives a phone call which causes her to go into hysterics, insisting that she has to leave. Starnes and Alaska drives away while drunk, crashes her car, and dies instantly.
Alaska is the wild, unpredictable, beautiful, and enigmatic girl, with a sad backstory, who captures Miles' attention and heart.
He often feels overlooked in the plans of Miles, Chip, and Alaska. Search for Meaning- After Alaska’s death, Pudge and Colonel investigate the circumstances surrounding the traumatic event.
Pudge realizes that letting her go doesn't matter as much anymore.
He forgives Alaska for dying, as he knows Alaska would forgive him for letting her go.
He transfers to the boarding school Culver Creek in search of his own "Great Perhaps".
Pudge is attracted to Alaska Young, who for most of the novel has a mixed relationship, mostly not returning his feelings.