Read between: 1st- 3rd April
Published: December 28th, 2006
Synopsis: Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy 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. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .
After. Nothing is ever the same.
Review: Miles is a quiet sort of guy, so obviously, when he’s sent away to boarding school, he doesn’t like it very much. Despite that, he seems to make friends with his room-mate, The Colonel, and his gang very quickly- whilst also crushing on and fantasizing about Alaska Young.
Alaska Young, who has a boyfriend she loves. And mentions frequently. Just so Miles is aware.
I actually really liked Alaska, she was ballsy, a little bitchy, but also really fun!
Another character I liked was Lara- only I didn’t like how she was written. She was Romanian, but John Green wrote her accent in a very stereotypical way as if to prove a point that she wasn’t American like the others. Just mentioning her ethnicity would have sufficed.
There was also subliminal racism in Takumi’s rap, using the phrase ‘yellow skin’. I’m not sure how I felt about that- still undecided if it was necessary or not.
However, the high school pranks pulled by the group were extremely clever, especially the one in memorial to Alaska.
Being a John Green novel, I expected something to happen to one of the main characters, and although Alaska’s ending came as a shock, I feel this sort of tragedy is typical of the author. I’ve only read The Fault in Our Stars though so my judgement could be wrong.
One thing is for certain, in my opinion, Looking for Alaska is much better than The Fault in Our Stars.
I did enjoy it, but there were flaws.
I have to admit it was better than I thought it would be.
Thanks for reading!