Book: Looking For Alaska by John Green
Date Published: December 28th, 2006
Source: Owned Copy
Date Started: July 28th, 2014
Date Finished: July 30th, 2014
Other Books Reviewed: The Fault In Our Stars, An Abundance of Katherines
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.
Looking For Alaska is one of John Green’s earlier books. Many people have read this book after reading The Fault In Our Stars. I had read An Abundance of Katherines before I read either books, and to be quite honest I think I would have liked to read Looking for Alaska before I read The Fault In Our Stars. I only read TFIOS when I did because the movie was coming out soon and I’m one of those weirdos that like to read a book before I watch the movie.
With that being said, I think TFIOS and Looking For Alaska are quite different books. I’m not sure if some people will like this one better than TFIOS. However, for me, I liked it a lot. I had been reading a lot of lighter summery books, and I’ve been wanting to get into some darker books. I thought this one would be a good choice. I think it may have to do with the cover. It wasn’t as dark as I thought it would be.
The story is about a kid named Miles who transfers to a boarding school in order to start trying to do something great with his life. At his old school, he didn’t really have any friends, and it became mundane. But at Culver Creek, Miles befriends his roommate, The Colonel, and through him, Alaska Young. Together, the three of them and some of their other friends get into some pranks, and just overall fun. But Alaska is different. She’s mysterious, fun, but very self destructive. Miles can’t help but falling for her. But after meeting her, nothing is the same, and Miles will have to travel down her self destructive path.
So that sounds kinda Dark, right? Its an emotional book. These characters have a lot of emotions, and they aren’t afraid to show it. They’re teenagers, and theres bound to be a lot of drama. However, the only thing that came off as disarming to me, was the fact that these characters were a little too honest in the way that they spoke to each other. I think this book is complicated, and trying to unravel the mystery becomes a rocky road.
I love books that are realistic when it comes to human emotions and complexities. John Green didn’t disappoint in that respect.