|Title: Looking for Alaska|
Author: John Green
Published: December 2006 by Speak
Synopsis: The award-winning, genre-defining debut from #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars.
Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award.
Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist.
New York Times bestseller
Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy 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. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .
After. Nothing is ever the same.
I read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green about a year ago and really liked. My favorite part about the book was John Green's writing style. The voice of his characters was spectacular and a book that was heartbreaking still managed to be hilarious. I wanted to read another John Green book this month so I asked the experts (Twitter) and settled on Looking for Alaska after much debate with myself, others, and my best friend. And when the book was all over I was extremely happy with the choice.
"Manic Pixie Dream," a trope that I absolutely despise. And while Alaska had a lot of elements of the type she didn't feel cliche, she seemed to have a lot more depth that I had initially predicted. I enjoyed her story and learning more about her as the book developed. But maybe she didn't feel like a MPDG because of how her story developed.
And just like most John Green books there were tons of amazing and fantastic characters that felt realistic and complex. I was reading this book as part of my "Geek Books" month and these characters absolutely fit the built. They were all a litlle quirky and weird with something they were totally obsessed with. I was instantly a fan of the main character Pudge and his odd fascination with famous last words and his desire for experience "the Great Beyond." He was a great character to follow on a coming of age story like this. I also became totally enamored with "The Captain" who is completely hilarious and weird, and the other secondary characters like Takumi, Lara, and The Eagle weren't bad either. Mostly I really liked the relationship that they all had together. It was a genuine friendship and so fun to read about.
This is definitely a John Green book I would recommend to not only teens but adults. It does deal with some heavy concepts including sex, but it does it tactfully and expertly. I was pleasantly surprised by just how much I enjoyed this book.
I give Looking for Alaska by John Green a 9 out of 10
Have you read Looking for Alaska? What did you think? Also what is your favorite John Green book? I'm hoping to read some more of his books but would love to hear your opinions on them. Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!