Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Looking for Alaska Review

Looking for Alaska by John Green
before. Miles "Pudge" Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" (Francois Rebelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possible 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, 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 my second John Green book. I'm going to look for more soon.

The characters are incredible and so original. I'm still getting over the WORLD'S LARGEST COLLECTION OF BLACK SANTAS from Paper Towns. And now I have Miles who's obsessed with people's last words, the crazy but incredibly awesome Alaska, and Colonel dating a girl that he hates. I aspire to that level of character awesomeness.

I absolutely loved the pacing. There isn't one day where nothing happens and when there is, it's skipped over seamlessly. I also loved the constant countdown of before and after.

Overall: 9.5/10 -- Brilliant characters, plot, and writing but I just have one qualm that I will put in the spoiler section...


I literally couldn't stop reading through the first half. I sobbed my head off when Alaska died. But a few days after her death, I started to slack off a bit. I think it was because Miles spent so much time mourning and lashing out at his friends. Which is TOTALLY understandable, but hey he wasn't even dating the girl. They were DRUNK when they kissed and she promised him more. It was in character, but it turned me off. I'm wavering between 9.5 and 10.