Sep 18, 2013

Review: Looking for Alaska

342209Looking for Alaska
Author: John Green
Release Date: December 28th, 2006
Publisher: Speak
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Pages: 231
Format: paperback, bought


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Synopsis:

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" (Fran├žois Rabelais, poet) even more. Then 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.


My Review:

Miles, aka Pudge, is a loser at his school in Orlando. He has no friends and is depressed every day. He talks his parents into letting him move to Alabama where his dad went to boarding to school. When he first gets there he finds out that the dorms have no air conditioning so he is sweating horribly. He decides to get a shower to cool off, as he walks out of the bathroom, there is his roommate, Chip, aka The Colonel. Miles is happy to finally have someone he can hang out with, even if the Colonel is a little weird. Then as the Colonel talks him into going and get cigarettes from another classmate, there is how he meets the beautiful and mysterious, Alaska Young.

Throughout the story, you follow Pudge as well as get to know some of the other characters too. Pudge, gets swallowed up into the friendship but still keeps his grades up the whole time. He is happy because he has never really had friends, but at the same time, he is doing things he never thought he would be doing.

John has such a wonderful writing style. He is such a smart man, and puts things in his books, well I believe he does, to help you learn a little along the way. But John does it in a way that it flows with the book. He writes in a way anyone can understand it, even if the topic is not always a happy one.

I don't want to say too much about this book other than there is a death within the story that rocks everyone to the core. The two books I have read with John have had hard subjects to get through but the two I have read are two totally different topics. He helps you feel the pain of the other characters and just want to jump into the pages and tell them everything will be okay. Death is always a hard thing to handle.

The book is set at their school, Culver Creek, throughout the whole season. It goes from basketball games, to school classrooms, to the smoking hole where Pudge and all his friends go. It is very easy to follow where they are going and also easy to picture everyone throughout the story. Takumi is Asian, and a loves to rap, though he is short. But one person shorter is The Colonel is is barely 5 feet tall and is stocky and muscular. Alaska is beautiful with chestnut hair and full of curves, Pudge is a 6 foot tall twig with no muscle and chicken legs, the there is Lara, the also beautiful Romanian girl with black hair and a slight problem saying i's.

As much as I loved this book, I had to give it 4.5 stars because I read his other book, The Fault In Our Stars first. If I would have read this book first I would have been able to rate it a lot higher than a 4.5, but since that isn't the case, I had to drop the rating. This book is wonderful, I really enjoyed it. I am even sick, as I read the book and writing this review, but I still had to read it no matter how bad I felt because I wanted to see how everything turns out. But...It just doesn't compare to TFIOS. This book, even with a hard topic in it and getting you to see how a lot of teens really are, it still didn't shake me to the core when I finished it. I thought about it all when I was done yes, but it didn't take me days to recover from it and I didn't cry in this book.

I know that is probably a horrible thing to do, compare this book to his other book, but sadly my mind is doing it on my own. But please don't let that sway you from reading this. It is a wonderful book and I know you all will love it too, I just still know as of right now, I really don't think The Fault In Our Stars can be topped. But I know this book comes in at second on many people's lists and I know it will be at second on mine as well.



Really Enjoyed It! 


1 comment:

  1. This was his debut, so it's understandable it's not a fabulous as The Fault in Our Stars -- but it's also understandable that you're comparing the two. I really enjoyed this book. It was the first thing I read by John Green and I was just dreading finding out what happened "After".

    Great review :)

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