Looking For Alaska
by John Green
Published in March 2005 by Dutton Juvenile, Looking For Alaska is John Green’s first novel, and it won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association. The book is divided into two parts, titled “Before” and “After.”
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. Then 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.
My friend, artandtheories, was the one who introduced me to this book. And I was really intrigued with the cover (first photo from the left), you know? With the smoke and all. And to tell you the truth, I wasn’t in the least bit disappointed with my decision of reading it. Looking For Alaska, so far, is my favorite book in the Young Adult section. The book was, in one word, phenomenal. Simple, but effective.
The magical thing about it was, it’s full of witty conversations, yet it could make you cry buckets and buckets of tears. (Okay, I’m a bit exaggerating but, there’s a bit of truth in it.) And it was very realistic. Awkward at times, but realistic. Awkward, because you see, the teenagers were smoking, drinking booze, and having sexual relationships. I was kind of uncomfortable reading those parts, but what did I say about it being realistic? Huh.
Another thing that I loved about it was the ending—it was really unexpected. I’m not gonna tell what it was because then I’d have to spoil you. And finally, many lines from the book were sweet, catchy, and something that you really can’t forget. Look…
— Pudge to Alaska–
— Alaska to Pudge —
With all of these said, I give his book 4.5 out of 5 stars.
So, thank you for reading this short review of Looking For Alaska by John Green. Stick around guys, I’ll be coming back to post more reviews in the future! 🙂
And I am also looking for it. 😀