Title: Looking for Alaska
Author: John Green
Published Date: 28th December 2006 (Reprint edition)
Rating: 2 Stars
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" (François Rabelais, poet) even more. 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.
Review: After reading the Fault in Our Stars a while ago and finding it an okay read, I decided it was time I gave John Green another chance to blow me away. So I decided to read his debut novel, Looking for Alaska. I was a bit disappointed though.
The book is about Miles, nicknamed Pudge, who joins a school at Culver Creek to find his Great Perhaps, a way of escaping the everyday, dull life back home. There he meets The Colonel, Takumi and Alaska – a rag tag group of friends with unique personalities and who bring a whirlwind into his life. Miles ends up falling for the rollercoaster Alaska seems to bring with her, and he soon finds there are a lot more conditions when living a carefree life on the edge.
I would like to start by saying I did like this book a whole lot more than I liked The Fault in Our Stars, which is good. But then again, I didn’t like it that much. The book is fairly slow paced, but it’s perfect, because this isn’t the kind of book that is packed full of action. This is the book where we see character development, where we get to really connect with the characters and feel what they feel. I am one who loves character based books, so I enjoyed that this book centered on that, and it kept me wanting to read.
My favourite character had to be The Colonel, who seems to be the poorest of the bunch. He hates the “Weekly Warriors”, who, in other words, are the rich kids in the school. And yet, he is dating one of them himself. He feels too much and loves too much, and is proud of his home even though some might be embarrassed when they are always hanging around such rich people. But he isn’t, and he becomes an admirable character for that. But at the same time, I found him (like most of the characters in TFiOS) a bit unrealistic. Once again, I couldn't imagine anyone speaking like that to each other.
|In general with this book: NOPE|
There are multiple themes here – romance, trust, friendship and ultimately another one with I wouldn’t want to share with you without giving away a bit of the story. Throughout the book there is a countdown, which is gradually leading to a big event. The shameful thing was, I predicted what that event would be, so it wasn’t much of a surprise… I was pretty impressed with how I could predict every little detail of what was coming. John Green really needs to change up his style some more.
The writing style is one that is not for me, and I am starting to think that is just John Green in general. It was sort of bland, which made this a bit boring to read in general. So basically this is a character driven book that was a bit dry and bland.
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Olivia’s Question: Have you ever been to a boarding school, or ever wanted to go to one?