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Monday, February 24, 2014

Book 8/50: Looking for Alaska

I'm about 5 books behind. Any more and I don't think I'll remember them enough to form a coherent post. If you don't mind, I think I'll focus on book reviews this week to catch up.

Looking for Alaska by John Green was highly recommended by some Twitter friends of mine. John Green wrote The Fault in Our Stars, one of my favourite reads from last year, so I was hopeful when I started this book. It did not disappoint.

Looking for Alaska is a kind of a love story, where the main character is looking for a change from his highschool, hometown life. He escapes to boarding school and promises to make changes. He falls into some friends that slowly change his life.

Alaska is actually a girl he meets at school and maybe falls in love with. You never really know with their relationship. It seems you never really know anything with Alaska.

The book is split into two parts: the before and after. Obviously a life-changing event occurs and the two parts could be two separate books that's how different they are. There are a lot of good parts, deep thinking parts, and sad and frustrating parts. Reading this book made me really want to sink my teeth in to this one life we have. That, and smoke a whole lot of cigarettes. Not happening, but still, the book is convincing because it's written so well. (Don't misunderstand, smoking is a big part of the book but the author makes no comment on whether it's good or bad, just that it is.)

This is one of the best young adult novels I've read. Have you read it? What did you think? What else are you reading?

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1 comment:

  1. Looking For Alaska cannot be merely written off as a typical boy-meets-girl love story, because it isn't. It's more of a tale of how love isn't as translucent as it seems.

    The beauty of the book is that it doesn't hide anything. It showcases what young love and growing up really are in a brutal and honest light. How the characters communicate, their relationships with each other, their pasts and the pleasure that comes with being a bad kid shine through the pages. Why I prefer John Green's debut novel to his other ones is because he's made no effort to make it an appropriate and proper book. You'll get attached to Miles and Alaska, just as they do to each other.