Review: Looking for Alaska by John Green
Looking for Alaska by John Green(Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository)
Release Date: December 28th 2006
Genres: Adolescence, Coming of Age, Friendship, Social Issues, Young Adult
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.
This book may be unsuitable for younger readers due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence. Note that this review itself does not contain any inappropriate material.
Oh, look, another book I’m just now reading, and it only took me nine years this time! So how does one review a book they loved and hated at the same time? Not easily. Plus this isn’t a story you can really just break down into pieces to decide whether it’s good or bad, it’s something you personally have to read and experience in order to decide how you will feel about it.
“When you stopped wishing things wouldn’t fall apart, you’d stop suffering when they did.”
I’m conflicted when it comes to LOOKING FOR ALASKA because I loved the moral and the message it was trying to get across but the road getting there was full of speed bumps. Namely, the characters.
Alaska and Miles each had their own issues, but I could connect to Miles a lot better because Alaska still is somewhat of a mystery to me. Her actions and behavior led to more questions than answers, and although I’m sure that was the point, I still found her character to be pretty frustrating and wishy-washy. Alaska is a puzzle and this novel just didn’t give me enough pieces to complete it.
.Like with the author’s other books, these teens sound way beyond their years (a little unrealistically) but this aspect did lead to some great quotes.
John Green has made me learn how to be content with open endings, which, let me tell you, is no easy feat, because I LIKE TO KNOW EVERYTHING OKAY. So even though this book left me with questions it pains me to admit this sort of ending fit the book.
It’s basically a book about life, so the everyday antics of teenage Miles are bound to get on some nerves and cause pacing issues. At times, this one felt more like four hundred pages than two hundred.
Still, LOOKING FOR ALASKA made me feel a wide variety of emotions and gave me so many things to think about, something even my favorite five star reads can’t say.
“Thomas Edison’s last words were: ‘It’s very beautiful over there’. I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.”