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,

Anonymous x

Girl Online Book Review

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About Girl Online

Penny has a secret.

Under the alias Girl Online, Penny blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, high school drama, her crazy family, and the panic attacks that have begun to take over her life. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets Noah, a gorgeous, guitar-strumming American. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment of it on her blog.

But Noah has a secret, too, one that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover – and her closest friendship – forever.

Thoughts

I love Girl Online. I love Penny. I hate Megan. I loooove Noah. I also love Zoella, but I was fully prepared to not like this book. In fact I planned to borrow it off one of my many friends who were bound to receive it for Christmas, instead of buying a copy myself. But then, low and behold, I was gifted the novel; I was obliged to read it. But boy were my predictions wrong.

Yeah, it was everything I expected it to be: all teenagery, cheesy, lovey-dovey… in the end that suited me fine! Because I am young, the whole book was written in my “language” and the slight twists of the perfectly predictable story line meant that tears were shed and laughter was heard as Penny took me on an emotional roller-coaster, which thankfully ended on a high. Yes, the whole story is rather cliche and cheesy, but look at the upbeat, positive Zoella; how could it not be? I mean this in the best possible way… I would not change the book for anything in the world- I live for happy endings.

Rating 10/10- for teenagers only (for full context, read Should YOU read Girl Online)

Favourite Character

My favourite character would have to be Noah. I feel like it should be someone a bit more original, (as I’m sure millions of other Noah-obsessed girls would say the exact same thing) but in whole-hearted truthfulness, Noah is the one. Unfortunately he is Penny’s. And, oh, he is fictional. So handsome, romantic, talented AND good with children; he is the man of every girl’s dream. And, again, fictional. Damn.

Memorable Moment

Out of the whole book, which is jam-packed full of memorable moments, the one which is probably the most pleasing and empowering is when Penny and Elliot douse Megan and Olly with their Choccywoccydoodah milkshakes. Karma is incredible.

Favourite Line

“I missed you, Inciting Incident.” – Noah Flynn

Should YOU read Girl Online?

I would a hundred percent recommend this to young people (from 12) who love love. I say young people in specific, because while enjoyed this book very much, I am apart of the younger generation and just as I expected, my mother did not make it very far through Girl Online. The style of writing is perfectly suited for teenagers to read and relate to and the story itself is also something which teens dream about.

Final Thoughts

I am excited to hear more about Noah (and Penny) in the next novel that Sugg has been hinting about. Although, I cannot imagine what it would actually be about. I’m sure Zoe and Penguin will come up with something, but let’s just hope it is up to par with this novel; like Bridget Jones’s Diary, some great things cannot continue and stay amazing at the same time.

Girl Online as a movie? I don’t know if that would work; some books are meant to just be books. But you never know, it could give me a pleasant surprise just like the Girl Online did! Up for the challenge Zoe?

But for now, I just want to say Zoe Sugg, you amazing person you, thank you for creating this book which I am bound to read over and over and over and over again…

This girl online, going offline.

All is Dreamy (like Noah)