Looking for Alaska by John Green
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
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.