The Book: Looking for Alaska.
The Author: John Green.
The Publisher: Penguin
The Pages: 230
My Rating: 5/5
Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words–and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.
“I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. 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.”
You know when you read a quote or a passage from a book and you just fall in love with it because it just perfectly explains everything you’ve been thinking and everything you beleive but struggle to articulate elegantly enough? This whole book was like that for me. If i were to highlight every passage that I fell in love with then 90% of the book would be highlighted. It’s truly amazing.
This beautiful book is about Miles Halter, a boy who is obssesed with famous last words, a boy who is bored of his un-eventful life and a boy leaving for boarding school in order to seek his ‘Great Perhaps’.
This beautiful book is also about Alaska Young, a girl who is gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, a girl who loves books, a girl who is a mystery to everyon and a girl who is utterly fascinating. She sweeps Miles up into her crazy world and steals his heart.
In this book you will experience insane pranks, epic friendships, famous last words, an evil swan and a set of characters that will never leave you even after you’ve finished the book.
By the time i’d read this book I was truly in awe of John Green’s imense writing talent and his ability to create the most beautiful, complex characters and intense plotlines that leave you laughing, crying and yearning for more.
Read this book, you will not be dissapointed. And when it leaves inconsolable and craving more more more, go read his other books. I recommend all of them to anyone and everyone.