Looking for Alaska Book Review

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About Looking for Alaska

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.

Thoughts

I read this book in one day. I could probably stop there- I think that on its own says everything you need to know about the book. The amount of time it takes a person to read a book, in my opinion, says a lot about the book itself. In this case, having finished it in one day, you will be able to tell that this book is an interesting read, with awe-striking characters and an enticing plotline. You will know that it is easy to get lost in the depths of this book- it will not leave your hand until the (very real) countdown is over.

Rating

9/10, as this book needs an acquired taste and even though I loved it, it is not all the way up there.

Re-readable?

Yes, absolutely. In fact, I can’t wait to re-read this book.

Favourite character

None. I cannot make a decision. All the characters in this book are wonderfully unique and perfectly screwed-up human beings; I find them all fascinating. Fascinating from a distance, as in I didn’t connect with any of these characters because I live in a complete different world than they do. This is not a bad thing, it just means that they all intrigue me.

Memorable moment – SPOLIER

This would have to be when the three boys, plus Lara fulfil Alaska’s final and most elaborate prank yet. It was hilarious and heart-warming, made even more intense by the ‘Eagles’ soft reaction. He touched the readers with his fond, knowing kindness.

Favourite Line/s

“I go to seek a great perhaps”

These were the last words of Francois Rabelais and are referred to quite a bit throughout the book. They are really thought-provoking words and those kind of words are my favourite ones.

“If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.”

This is the quote which has been plucked out of the book and thrown everywhere for advertising purposes etc. but you can understand why, right? That is a really and truly incredible line!

This book would be great if you…

love strange, yet moving stories about teenagers that you, and everyone else will never be able to quite figure out. Perfect if you enjoyed Its Kind of a Funny Story, The Perks of Being a Wallflower or any other John Greene novel, really.

Final Thoughts

Woah. That is my response to the book in a nutshell. You can tell a good book by how much it makes you think and boy, I could be up all night due to this one. Thanks John Green, you did it again.

All is Good,

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