Looking for Alaska

Looking for AlaskaLooking for Alaska by John Green
Published by Speak on December 28, 2006
Pages: 221
Format: Paperback

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy 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. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . . After. Nothing is ever the same.

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.

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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