Sunday, January 15, 2012
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Author: John Green
# of Pages: 221 (Paperback)
Challenge: 2012 TBR Pile Challenge
Rating: 4.5 stars
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.
My Thoughts: I had heard many great things about John Green's books. In one of his youtube vlogs, Green read the first chapter of his new book, The Fault in Our Stars, and that was what convinced me that I really needed to read his books. I had no idea what to expect in Looking for Alaska. But after reading it, I can only say that I can't believe I waited until now to read one of his books. It was amazing. The writing flows nicely and pulls the reader in from the very beginning. As the story progresses, you grow to care for each of the characters Miles/Pudge, the Colonel, and Alaska. This book is witty and moving and so worth the read.
I will definitely be reading the rest of his books. If you have not yet read anything by John Green, I highly suggest you do so.