Friday, December 17, 2010

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Title:Looking for alaska
Author:John Green
Publisher:Dutton (Penguin Group)

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

My Thoughts:

I'm not really sure how to start this review since this book left me with no words only tears. Just like almost every teen that feels like they are a reject or just doesn't belong where they are and want to find out what's more to life, Miles wants to find the "Great Perhaps". So to find that he goes to boarding school and tries to start a new life there, while never knowing who and what event is going to shape and change his life forever. Looking for Alaska is one of those books that once you finish you stop and think about life. How some of us take it for granted and how we never tell anyone how we really feel about them until it's too late. This book kind of reminded me of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (also wrote a review on that book) except it's not about dying multiple times it's about a guy who wants to find more to life outside his dull town and meets someone who is totally different from what he's use to an event happens that makes him kind of question everything, but not even realizing until the very end that it's not about the "Great Perhaps",but about the labyrinth of suffering and a lot in between. Everything about this book from the message about living to the plot and Characters. Everything just seemed so real you felt for every little thing like it was actually happening to you. This book isn't all about the heavy stuff in life it also has it's hilarious moment's also. This book is absolutely awesome.


  1. This is such a great book! I'm excited to read the rest of John Green's work. This book was definitely powerful and pretty real.

  2. oh - what an awesome review. i agree - it's a pretty outstanding and ache-y book with so much heart and humour and i love the themes in it!


  3. Aww, this is a beautiful review - I can tell you really felt for it on such a profound level. I haven't read this book yet, but I've heard so many good things about it that I really want to. :)