Age Group: Young Adult
My Rating: 4 Stars
Received From: Kindle Store
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.
I really don’t even know where to start. I bought this book a looong time ago, but watching–getting addicted to–VlogBrothers is what made me pick it up, finally. I, of course new it was going to be good, it won the Printz! And I read Paper Towns a year ago so I wasn’t completely new to John’s incredible writing. And its just that, incredible!
Looking for Alaska is a real, honest account of being a teenager. There’s smoking, and drinking, and sex. All things that most teens do or at least think about doing on a regular basis. John doesn’t hold back or sugarcoat anything and that was one of the things that made me love the book. I would have read this over and over if it had been out when I was 15, because its so real.
The book starts off by counting down the days, counting down to what you don’t know, but it happens about halfway through and its really surprising! It changes the entire book, turns it from a happy book about the lives of these teens into a book and sadness and how to deal with all the feeling someone can leave behind.
John Green’s writing is fantastic and will sweep you off your feet. Not to mention that it is laugh out loud funny. This is an amazing book. It definitely deserved the awards that it won, but I still only rated it 4 stars. Why? I can’t really put my finger on it. Looking for Alaska was great. I really, really liked it, but it just left me a little sad and unsatisfied. Not in a bad way. In the way that any good book that seems real can make you feel, I guess. Does that make sense? Anyway, I think you should read it! John Green’s writing is something that you should not miss!