Short, Sweet, and Snappy Review:
Title: Looking for Alaska
Author: John Green
What I liked: The book asks you questions that aren’t easy to answer.
What I didn’t like: I’m still not sure I like Alaska, which isn’t a bad thing, but it nags me a bit.
Rating: 5 stars
Recommended Read: Yes
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. Then 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
Today I have a guest writing the review for me, so here is Alice’s review of John Green.
“Looking for Alaska” is the first novel from NYT Bestselling author John Green, so in my effort to finally read all of his books it was my first stop. It’s a typical YA novel dealing with growing up and yet it isn’t. It asks deeply complicated questions of both the characters and the readers, but don’t worry whether you want to answer them is up to you. The book isn’t split into chapters but instead it counts down from one hundred thirty-six days before to one hundred thirty-six days after. The characters are very real and flawed and I really liked that about the book but it also led to the problem of me not being sure whether I liked Alaska in the before part, which made the after part a bit more interesting that it already was but also made it a tiny bit more difficult to read. The main character of “Looking for Alaska” is Miles “Pudge” Halter. He knows a lot of famous people’s last words and uses this to convince his parents to send him to boarding school in Alabama so he can escape his boring life in Florida. Once he is at Culver Creek Boarding school he finds more of the “great perhaps” he was looking for than even he thought possible. All because of a girl named Alaska and her friends.