Looking for Alaska | Book Review

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Pages: 221

Published: December 28th 2006 by Speak

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Synopsis: from Goodreads

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

My thought:

The first book of John Green that I’ve read is The Fault in Our Stars, that is simply awesome. So, because of the amazing experience on TFIOS, I have quite a high expectation on Looking for Alaska. Fortunately, I think this book is as good as TFIOS, if not better. It makes me more eager to finish the other books by John Green. This is absolutely phenomenal.

Reading this book is a total enjoyment. The characters, the plot, the behind meaning of the story are all good. John Green did really well to present his character to the audience. I can visualize how “Pudge” looks like, how gorgeous and how fascinating Alaska is, also how “Colonel” trash-talk the opponent basketball team. John didn’t use many difficult and fancy  words to describe his characters, but he still get the job done really well. Characters are well shaped.

About the plot, the book is divided into two part: Before and After. For me, I think both parts are excellent to read. It is a book that you can’t really predict or expect anything, if you did that, the rest of the book will prove that your predication is wrong. So, it is also an exciting read. The plot is really great.

Looking for Alaska is not a simple book, what i mean is not about the usage of language but the behind meaning which John want to address. Alaska asked Pudge one question at the very beginning of the book: How to escape labyrinth ? It is an interesting and worth-thinking question. Maybe different religion will give you a different answer, but after all, the answer given by yourself is what that matters.

Lastly, i think the golden letter “P” is put on the book for reasons. This is a very emotional book. Happiness,  funniness, sadness, uneasiness, you name it. Looking for Alaska is not just a simple YA book. The question carried out by it can be really huge.

Why read it:

(1) Amazing plot

(2) Insightful story which makes you think more about life

(3) Well shaped characters

(4) A lot of emotions in the book

(5) A really funny and giggling book

Why not read it:

(1) The story is a bit too short.

(2) People who don’t like prank thing may not like it

Awesome read, one of my all time favorite.

5/5stars !

Wishlist Wednesday #5

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it’s entirely up to you), that we can’t wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.

Hosted by: Dani from Pen to Paper

The Archived by Victoria SchwabThe Archived (The Archived, #1)

Synopsis: (from Goodreads)

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.

Why I want it:

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book from the BookTube community. From the synopsis, I think the story is really intriguing and captivating. Also, the cover of the book is absolutely gorgeous !!!!  Can’t wait to own this book.

The Lifeboat | Book Review

The Lifeboat by Charlotte RoganThe Lifeboat

*special thanks to Lorna from suddenlylorna for sharing this book to me

Pages: 278

Published:  April 3rd 2012 by Reagan Arthur Books

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Synopsis: (from Goodreads)

Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life.

In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying her and her husband Henry across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize is over capacity. For any to live, some must die.

As the castaways battle the elements, and each other, Grace recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met, and the new life of privilege she thought she’d found. Will she pay any price to keep it?

The Lifeboat is a page-turning novel of hard choices and survival, narrated by a woman as unforgettable and complex as the events she describes.

My thought:

At first glance, I thought this is only another ordinary story about shipwreck survival, which turns out is a different, special and insightful story of shipwreck survival. When talking about shipwreck, I immediately linked to Titanic which I think most of you do too. The story is set few years after the Titanic incident and the ship which wreck in this story has enough lifeboat, however, the lifeboat which the story takes place is overloaded. I thought: It is interesting.

At the beginning of the synopsis, it mentioned about the trial, which I think is the most exciting part of the story. I really think the whole story on the lifeboat is written to build the background and the environment for the trial. Of course, why a person survived from a shipwreck need to be on a trial? I will leave it to found out yourself.

There is a bunch of characters in the book. They all contributed something to the story so the story can develop in this way. I think the author did a great job in not wasting any words on the characters, she really make good use on every character appeared in the story.

While reading this book, I realize how bad my English is, thanks to the word used by the author. She used words so precisely. It enables reader to visualize the scenario which the author wants to present. But also makes me stick to the online dictionary every time I read the book. There is a lot of new words which I haven’t seen before. I did think it is a great thing of the book.

In the story, the ugly side of humans is revealed. When facing disaster, it is hard to keep our moral standard right because it is the dead or alive moment. It is intriguing to read how the author describe the change in the character’s mind. One of the character, the deacon, who is placed in the story to remind us there is also faith in our life. This a crucial character in the story which brings the religious side of life into the story.

Why read it:

(1) Insightful story with deep meaning

(2) Impressive writing

(3) Word use is great

(4) Narrative order is great

Why not read it:

(1) Maybe hard to read(difficult words)

(2) Still some of the mystery not solved

Rating:

4.5 / 5stars, you should definitely read it.

Anthem | Book Reviw

Anthem by Ayn Rand

Pages: 105Anthem

Published: Penguin Modern Classic

First published: 1938

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Synopsis:

This book is a secret journal / diary of a group of men, which is the main character, called Equality 7-2521. They won’t present themselves as “I”, but “we”. The world of this story is very alike to the background of 1984, dark and totalitarianism. People in the society are forbidden to do a lot of things but only the assigned job. There is a lot of groups like Equality 7-2521 with different group name. But Equality 7-2521 is a little bit different, they will think and question about the society and the government. Then, they discover a mysterious tunnel, where lots of secrets about the society that they are living is unearthed. The story will continued to record their adventure and discovery after they have found the tunnel.

My thought:

It is quite a short story to read, but it is not a shallow story. I feel like the author want to reflect the reality in this story. Ayn Rand was born in Russia, which is not a democratic country. Socialist countries usually conceal a lot of secrets which the regime doesn’t want their people to know. You better not try to discover the things they don’t want you to know, because once you knew it, you’re doomed. They will find a way to vanish you so the secrets keep secrets. Or when those who recognized the secrets tried to run away from their own country, they will be delighted and feel that they finally have freedom.

This book emphasize the idea of “Ego”, which is Latin word means “I”, “self”, simply said, the idea of individual. I think Miss Rand is trying to reproach the idea of Socialism and Communism through this book. Since these two ideology emphasized group, party, not individual anyhow.

I don’t really have much to say about the character, because they are groups of people. This is special, I’ve never read a book which its characters are presented in form of a group of people. In this way, the characteristic of them doesn’t really shaped.

Pacing is great, it gives a comfortable read.

Why read it:

(1) It is short

(2) Great plot

(3) Deep meaning in the story, not a shallow one

Why not read it:

(1) No shaping of character at all

(2) Not an exciting book to read

(3) Not a great ending at all

Rating:

4/5 stars. I definitely recommend it to all of you.

Wishlist Wednesday #4

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it’s entirely up to you), that we can’t wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.

Hosted by: Dani from Pen to Paper

Down and Out in Paris and LondonDown and Out in Paris and London

by George Orwell

Synopsis(from Goodreads):

What was a nice Eton boy like Eric Blair doing in scummy slums instead of being upwardly mobile at Oxford or Cambridge? Living Down and Out in Paris and London, repudiating respectable imperialist society, and reinventing himself as George Orwell. His 1933 debut book (ostensibly a novel, but overwhelmingly autobiographical) was rejected by that elitist publisher T. S. Eliot, perhaps because its close-up portrait of lowlife was too pungent for comfort.

Why I want it?

George is one of my favorite author of all-time. I am a super fan of his famous novels 1984 and Animal farm. A friend of mine told me that after reading this could give some clues on why George Orwell was able to write 1984 and Animal farm. This book is a memoir of George Orwell during his miserable living in London and Paris in his early years. I’m absolutely intrigued by how his lives in these two cities shaped him into such a great author.

Wishlist Wednesday #3

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it’s entirely up to you), that we can’t wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.

Hosted by: Dani from Pen to Paper

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Metamorphosis by 

Franz Kafka

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Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis climaxes in the very first line–the protagonist has indeed been transformed. The critical questions lie in the interpretation of the transformation. Kafka has been said to have offered everything from a psychological parable of Oedipal struggle to a caricature of psychological readings.

Why I want it:

I read one of the Kafka’s books in the past which is The Castle and I quite enjoyed it. I found it Kafka is indeed an author with an intelligent mind. I heard people talking about this book for a long time and it is the most famous work of Kafka. Want to buy and read it soon !!