Book Review:Looking for Alaska


So how’s this…I finally start of 2014 by jumping straight in with a book review. A life update will hopefully come later this week. I failed at my GoodReads goal for last year, but I can’t say that my life was not awesome. Let’s get the show on the road with the book review though. I just finished Looking for Alaska by John Green. This is one of John Green’s most famous books to date. It’s a New York Times best seller and a Michael L. Printz award winner not to mention that it is probably one of the most quoted books on Tumblr.

This book is a year in Miles “Pudge” Halter’s life. It is probably a little less than a year, but over an entire school year beginning in July and ending in about June. Pudge has lived his life waiting for something to happen and he thinks that going to boarding school is where his life will begin and being fascinated with famous last words he goes off to Culver Creek Boarding School hoping to find a reason to really live and give him some famous last words. On his first day he meets his roommate Chip who introduces him to Alaska Young, the girl of Pudge’s dreams. Pudge becomes entranced by Alaska and apart of her world that the boarding school no longer becomes safe. Pudge becomes obsessed with knowing more about Alaska and that leads him down a road with no answers.

I don’t  even know if that summary even did the book any justice. The book is divided into mainly two parts the before incident and the after incident. I could subdivide the book into more parts such as the before boarding school, at boarding school before, at boarding school after, and end of school year. I’m trying not to give too much of the book away because SPOILER a character dies.  I love the way the book is written in a very adult form that does not bs the reader. It also does not glorify the incident by any means. The incident is just as it is an incident. The book is written in such a way that even though you are left wondering about that happened to Alaska like Pudge you know that there is no answer and the more you search the farther away from the truth you are. I applaud John Green for writing this book and is my favorite out of all the books of his that I have read. Below are a few of the more famous quotes from the book:

“Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia” “You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.” p.54
“…thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.” p. 88
“Night falls fast. Today is in the past,” p. 89
From The General in His Labyrinth “He was shaken by the overwhelming revelation that the headlong race between his misfortunes and his dreams was at that moment reaching the finish line. The rest was darkness, “Damn it,” he sighed. “How will I ever get out of this labyrinth!””p. 155
“How will we ever get out of this labyrinth of suffering?-A.Y.” p 158

I definitely recommend that you read this book. I almost bought another copy of this book just so that I could have the new anniversary edition that’s out in stores now! *Fingers crossed * I’ll be back with another post for you tomorrow!

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