Looking for Alaska
Author: John Green
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Date: March 2011
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A deeply affecting coming-of-age story, Looking for Alaska traces the journey of Miles Halter, a misfit Florida teenager who leaves the safety of home for a boarding school in Alabama and a chance to explore the "Great Perhaps." Debut novelist and NPR commentator Green perfectly captures the intensity of feeling and despair that defines adolescence in this hip, shocking, and emotionally charged work of fiction.
Miles has a quirky interest in famous people's last words, especially François Rabelais's final statement, "I go to seek a Great Perhaps." Determined not to wait for death to begin a similar quest, Miles convinces his parents to let him leave home. Once settled at Culver Creek Preparatory School, he befriends a couple of equally gifted outcasts: his roommate Chip―commonly known as the Colonel—who has a predilection for memorizing long, alphabetical lists for fun; and the beautiful and unpredictable Alaska, whom Miles comes to adore.
The kids grow closer as they make their way through a school year filled with contraband, tests, pranks, breakups, and revelations about family and life. But as the story hurtles toward its shattering climax, chapter headings like "forty-six days before" and "the last day" portend a tragic event―one that will change Miles forever and lead him to new conclusions about the value of his cherished "Great Perhaps."
Reviewed by: Lenn
What would you feel when you lost someone so important without even knowing what really happened to her?
I really loved this book. John Green really made me stop, stare for a moment and cry. I loved how this book was well written and how it’s quite full of surprises. I liked how the main characters are so… carefree. How they don’t care about everything and how they are so eager to live their lives at its best.
I loved Miles from the beginning. How he wanted to look for something new and to look for “the great perhaps”, so he decided to go to Culver Creek for high school. I also liked how somewhat addicted he was to people’s famous last words. It’s quite odd how someone could get addicted to such things but it’s kind of interesting too. What I like about Miles’ personality is that he is self-conscious and open-minded about everything.
Alaska, oh dear Alaska. I loved her ever since I found out about why her name was Alaska. I loved how she was sort of mysterious and secretive but bit by bit learned how to open up to Miles. She may also be judged as flirty but it just made me love her even more. I love how she stayed loyal to her boyfriend despite the fact that she has this unsure feelings for Miles.
The other characters are lovely just as much. Everything in this book is just too lovely for me to mention. You guys should just read it to know how much I loved it.
Upon closing the book, I found myself staring blankly in space. Thinking.. thinking about love, happiness, suicide, religion, the Great Perhaps, suffering and death. I thought of all the things I did in the past 18 years and wondered if it was all worth it; if I was already worth remembering. I wanted to go out there, launch myself into the real world, I wanted to get out of the sugar-coated world I built to cover up all the grotesqueness in life and look for my Great Perhaps before I die.
Looking For Alaska is one of the books worth reading and having a copy of. It is one of those books that I really find very moving. ♥
“How will I ever get out of this labyrinth of pain.”