Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Looking for Alaska (Book Review)

Author: John Green
Publisher: Penguin Publishing
Source: Bought

Goodreads Summary:
Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps. 

Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. A stunning debut, it marks John Green's arrival as an important new voice in contemporary fiction.

In my review of The Fault in Our Stars, I said that it was my favorite John Green book but that I hadn't read Looking for Alaska yet. Well, I was right when I thought I might like Looking for Alaska more. In The Fault in Our Stars, Hazel says, "There are books...which you can't tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feel like a betrayal." This is how I feel about Looking for Alaska except that of course, I am probably the last person in the world to have read it. But it does mean that this review feels very personal to me, and I'm not sure I can properly express how much I love this book.
The characters are amazing. They all see so real that they just pop off the page. Miles reminds me so much of myself when I first left home that its incredible John Green wrote him without ever meeting me. And Alaska is portrayed so perfectly.
I love the story, the mystery, and the quotes, but most of all I love these characters.

Rating: 5/5

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1 comment:

  1. Ohh! You definitely managed to make me even more curious about reading his books, and I've been especially intrigued by this one for some reason... I have to pick it up. Soon! Great review. :)