|Looking for Alaska |
by John Green
Released: March 3, 2005
before. Miles Halter (a.k.a. Pudge) is living a non-eventful life--he doesn't have many friends or much to look forward. He also has an obsession with famous last words, and one of his favorite poet's famous last words are: "I go to seek the Great Perhaps" and so Miles hopes to find his 'Great Perhaps' at Culver Creek Boarding School before it's too late. At Culver Creek, he meets his roommate Chip (The Colonel) and the infamous Alaska Young. Alaska pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.
after. Nothing is ever the same.
My Thoughts: Eureka! I've found a book that I shall now place on my favorites list.
What I liked: The writing style was superb, it's as if Pudge himself is talking to you about his experience at the school. It was funny whether it be the dialogue or the narrator's reaction in a certain scene. Moving on to the characters, they are what really makes this novel awesome. They are funny, witty, smart, and when put together they are the most fun ragtag bunch of teens and I would want them as my friends. Even though this novel contains great one liners and all that fun stuff, there is also a serious aspect to it which I didn't expect, but nonetheless enjoyed. This book has a lot of meaning put into it and it really made me think even after I put the book down. I loved how it made me analyze and delve really deep into the book. This is a stand alone book and I thought it ended perfectly, it gave me the closure that I needed and as I said earlier, I was still thinking about the story after I put the book down.
What I disliked: I understand that Alaska is this enigma that we will never truly understand, but I do wish that we were able to learn a bit more about her and see her develop a bit more. But honestly, this is just me being super nit picky.
Conclusion: Reading through this book, I was shocked, laughing out loud, and it had me turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next.