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Looking for Alaska

Author:  John Green
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Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including clever, funny, screwed-up Alaska Young.

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Nov 14,2016
5

Ah, John Green. He's sort of the eptiome of Young Adult right now, isn't he?

In this day and age, the moment a book gets popular, it's immediately dismissed by many people (often myself included). Why is this? I'm not sure. For some reason, deep in the human brain, there's a little voice that says "if so many people like it ... it must be crap". It defies logic, really.

Luckily, I read Looking for Alaska before I was aware of it's popularity, and opened it with no preconcieved notions or expectations. And oh, thank god I did. 

It remains possibly my favourite book to date. And I've read alot of books. 

Looking for Alaska focuses on Miles Halter, a small, skinny boy who moves to Culver Creek, a boarding school. Here, he meets Alaska Young, Takumi, and Chip (nicknamed The Colonel). His quiet, mostly friend-less life is uprooted as his new friends drag him into an exciting world full of the possibility of his 'Great Perhaps". The book is split into two halves - Before, and After. The dividing point is a shocking event that changes everyone's lives. 

Looking for Alaska may begin a little like your typical, Young Adult story. Boy has no friends and not a particularly interesting life, boy moves somewhere new, boy meets SUPER AWESOME group of friends including SUPER HOT GIRL who flirts with him despite having a boyfriend, and suddenly has SUPER INTERESTING life. Yes, I can see the cliches. But woven through this storyline is strong ideas and themes of mental illness, the odd storyline of last words, and other interesting topics.

However, halfway through the book, everything changes. It becomes a story that deals with the unromantic falling out of something terrible, and how it affects everyone. This is not often seen in Young Adult literature. 

And, of course, we have John Green's writing. A master. He uses language so simply and directly, and yet every word feels right, somehow. Flourished with stunning metaphors and lines that make you laugh out loud, he deals with the world utterly honestly. 

Now, I mentioned I read Looking for Alaska with no previous conceptions of the book. I'm glad I did. One of the biggest complaints about this book is "it didn't meet expectations". Expectations can ruin the best of stories, and unfortunately, if you are yet to read this book but just read this review, you now have some pretty big expectations. 

Oh well. If it convinced you to read Looking for Alaska when you might not have, it's worth it anyway. One of my favourite books in the entire world, and one that will certainly stick with you, regardless. 

- Abby

Apr 28,2016
0

A great read that is addictive and hard to put down. Looking for Alaska is an interesting and different from the norm novel that holds many suprises. Its an easy book to read with inspiring technique in language. It makes you feel like your in the book and part of the freindship group. 

Oct 29,2015
5

This book is just one of the many books I enjoy and love. This book is a perfect read for those who are into romance and comedy. As I've read through this book, I've experienced laughter, happiness and even sadness. Even though there is no second part to this book, I am still hoping there will be more.

Oct 29,2015
5

This book is just one of the many books I enjoy and love. This book is a perfect read for those who are into romance and comedy. As I've read through this book, I've experienced laughter, happiness and even sadness. Even though there is no second part to this book, I am still hoping there will be more.

Aug 02,2015
5

I love this book. As much as it made me rip my hair out and throw the book at the wall, all the while tears streaming down my cheeks. This sad book wrenches at your heart and makes you want to read it over and over again. You have to read this book. It's funny, romantic, sad and reality. John Green has a way with words. A way that shows you that he is boss, he has the power, over the readers and the characters. You have to read this unique book. My favourite character is Alaska, and I think she is ment to be. I love this book and I can assure you that you will too.

Enjoy, Chookwriter

Apr 26,2015
4

This is actually a pretty good book. I normally really don't like books so movies always come before them because movies are way better and when the movie comes out July-ish next year (I think) it will probably be way better but yeah, this book is pretty good, it's written by the only author who is actually good so as good as books get, this one is pretty good

 

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