Be warned! This review may contain spoilers for those who have yet to read the amazingness that is Looking for Alaska!
Author: John Green
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Release Date: March 3, 2005
Edition: Hardcover (221 pages)
Genre: YA Contemporary
Cover Review: This cover is very unique. It's very simple yet goes along with the book.
Main Characters: Pudge a.k.a. Miles Halter
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" (François 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.
Looking for Alaska was the complete opposite of what I had expected. I expected a light, fun read that would be a breeze to get through. Instead I got a darker story with unexpected love. Pudge moves to a new school, Culver Creek, and he meets many new friends, including Chip, his new roommate. Chip introduces him to this girl named Alaska, and Pudge instantly falls in love with her. Alaska pretty much goes on with life as normal. She always hints at the future in a strange way though.
Pudge has this really cool hobby of memorizing last words of famous people. I mean, it's kinda creepy since the person is dead, though it's really interesting at the same time. You can really find out a lot about a person from their last words... Pudge taught me that. Life finally becomes really good for Pudge, though there is much drinking and smoking involved... not like he's the one doing much though. He even goes as far as doing a huge prank on the school with his buddies and the help of his father! Anyway, as the synopsis says, after the after, "Nothing is the same".
It's strange, because I kind of saw it coming, though at the same time I was hoping that it wasn't going to happen. For those who have read this book, you understand, right? It took me a while, though I pretty much got it from the title. Looking for Alaska. Why else would he be looking for her? I kind of thought it was love at first, though it was much, much more.
Pudge was a really cool character. It was interesting to watch him finally make friends and feel at home in a different setting that his usual. He made some pretty great friends as well. Alaska was really unique. She absolutely loved reading... her entire room was full of books! How could someone not like her? There was also Takumi, Chip, and Lara, who were all great editions to Pudge's gang.
Though I borrowed this book from the library, I'm definitely thinking about buying my own copy. It's definitely one of those books that I'll have to read again... and again... and maybe even again. Actually, as soon as I finished this book, I got into a really deep reading slump. I think I'm going to have to check out the rest of John Green's books because of this. Here's all that I have to say about this book: Read it!
Recommended for fans of:
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Yes... I know there's a lot, but this book was full of amazing quotes!
"So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane."
"The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive."
"Thomas Edison's last words were 'It's very beautiful over there'. I don't know where there is, but I believe it's somewhere, and I hope it's beautiful."
"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."
"I may die young, but at least I'll die smart."
"At some point, you just pull off the Band-Aid, and it hurts, but then it's over and you're relieved."
"It always shocked me when I realized that I wasn't the only person in the world who thought and felt such strange and awful things."
"Before I got here, I thought for a long time that the way out of the labyrinth was to pretend that it did not exist, to build a small, self-sufficient world in the back corner of the endless maze and to pretend that I was not lost, but home."
"At some point we all look up and realize we are lost in a maze."
Have you read this novel? I'd love to hear your thoughts!