Review: Looking for Alaska by John Green

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.



Cover Art: Simple. Have not figured the significance of the cover yet… input?


Such a good but not-so-typical, fictional coming of age novel…

I love John Green’s writing style. His vocabulary and complex sentences may be a deterrent for others, but it just draws me in and makes the story all the more realistic. I like that this story is divided into a “Before”  and “After” — wanting to know what will happen at zero days is part of the reason why I finished the book so quickly.

The characters were not really likeable… but they were readable, if that makes sense. I didn’t mind them so much when I was “observing” their lives. However, I was not able to relate to them nor did I want to. They are typical teenagers – mischievous, rule-breakers, and drinkers/smokers (bleh!). But their lives and their reactions and their actions and their back stories are what makes the book great. The reader can get to know each of them and empathize when things do or do not go their way. It’s meant for a young-adult audience, so there are situations that can be relatable.

There isn’t much of a plot, but saying that, the book didn’t need one. It’s a story of a teenager’s life. There is no predictable plot or timeline that needs to be followed; just like life itself, the book has unforeseen events and unseen consequences to each action.

It is a great novel with realistic characters. Fun to read and deals with situations not many people have experienced. Can’t wait to pick up another of his novels!

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