Author: John Green
Genre: YA (realistic)
Summary: 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.
Review: I love John Green’s voice. He easily sounds like a teenager. This is the second book of his that I’ve read and it did not disappoint. There’s a reason his books win awards, people!
Looking for Alaska isn’t exactly a love story. It’s more like a story about reason. Of course, teenagers see reason in a different way than adults.
I really liked how Green used the MC’s rationality in everything that happened. It was true to teenage form without being typical or expected.
Recommendation: Read it ASAP!
I recently finished reading John Green’s, The Fault in Our Stars. Here is the overview from the back cover:
“Despite the tumour-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.”
I had heard a lot about this book in the last few months. Mainly that it was awesome. So, when I received a gift card to a bookstore for my birthday, I decided to pick it up. I am a huge fan of Young Adult, so I had no worries about the genre. But this is my first John Green and I wasn’t sure what to expect.
My conclusion? Ohmygoodnesssofreakinggood. I read it in less than a week. No, seriously. From the very first page I loved Hazel’s character. And her sardonic little comments. Her attitude was completely believable, as both a teenager and a teenager who could die at any time. Also, I couldn’t get over how much I loved John Green’s writing style. It’s funny, with a hint of the unexpected (i.e. language). I hope some of his other work has this aspect.
Now, I’m not one for giving away too much information about the book (honestly, if I give it a good review, you should just read it). But here’s a little breakdown: Augustus is everything a girl wants; funny, gorgeous, kind, badass, completely-in-love-with-her. Their story is wonderful and I wish the book had gone on longer, but alas, all things have an end.
Now go read it.