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Looking for Alaska by John Green is a young adult realistic fiction novel. Miles Halter had always been obsessed with last words, especially the last words of his favorite poet where he talks about “The Great Perhaps”. On his journey to find “The Great Perhaps” Miles decides to go to boarding school because he is bored with his life at home. When Miles arrives at his new boarding school he meets the beautiful and smart Alaska Young, who leads him on the biggest journey he could ever imagine.
Before reading this book I always heard many good things about it so I decided to try it out. It did not meet my expectations. Overall, the book was okay but I personally did not like it that much. I feel like the characters had very stereotypical traits and the storyline was a little bland. There were also some inappropriate parts of the book that would not be very appropriate for a younger audience. On the other hand I liked the way that Green separated his chapters. It was interesting to see a book separated into a nontraditional chapter and kept me reading this book. I also loved the ending of the book. I felt that it really tied everything together and did not leave any loose strings.
In short, Looking for Alaska is a good book for anyone who is a fan of John Green. If you liked any of his other books I am sure you will like this one as well! -Eunchae, Grade 10
Looking for Alaska, by John Green, is a book about Miles Halter, a boy who decides to go to Culver Creek Boarding School. In this school, he meets Alaska Young, the Colonel, and Takumi. The Colonel gives Miles the nickname of Pudge, together they pull pranks and cause mischief throughout the school. The book is split into two main parts, and the first part ends with a tragic event involving Alaska Young.
I liked this book because of the sudden change in the direction of where the book was going. At first, the book seemed relatively normal, but once the second part comes, I find that the experience of the book changes drastically. I would recommend this story to eighth graders and older, as there are some explicit scenes and references in the book that are not appropriate for younger readers.
I love the book it was extremely good in its entirety, but I would not recommend for people who dislike hard core romance.
There are many YA novels that detail the struggles of teens throughout the years, ranging from the most minuscule of happenings to the most horrific of events. Looking for Alaska by John Green does an excellent job of combining both into a comical, yet heart-wrenching, novel about a sixteen-year-old boy named Miles’ first year of school at Alabama’s Culver Creek Preparatory School. Used to being on the outside of things, he is suddenly thrown into small, yet troublemaking, friend group. He befriends the loud Chip, the rapper Takumi, and the beautiful, broken Alaska Young. Alaska is an enigma all in herself, and Miles quickly becomes drawn to her. After a shocking, horrible event leaves the students at Culver Creek Preparatory School reeling, Miles is determined to find the answers, thus beginning his journey to solve a mystery that continues to haunt him.
Out of all the John Green novels, I have to say that this one is definitely my favorite. I enjoyed the fact that this story was told by Miles, as the readers get to see his warped view of Alaska, a person who he makes out to be much more perfect in his mind than in reality. The writing is both clear and humorous, as there is always the much-needed comic relief in the perfect places. The journey that Miles goes on throughout the novel to come to a series of realizations is extremely well-written, for we see his character change right before our eyes. From a shy teenager with no friends, to an amazed and infatuated sixteen-year-old boy, to a grieving friend, his character development is both hindered and encouraged by a variety of events. However, I would like to have seen more of his character when it wasn’t revolving around Alaska, as we never truly see much of him before her besides his obsession with last words. I absolutely love this novel and cannot recommend it enough if you enjoy YA novels; however, because it is a YA novel, it will have many of the same elements in the story that some people might not like. As a result, this book is definitely in a specific genre and may not be for everyone.
Age rating: 14+
Star rating: 4 stars
John Green has been one of my go-to authors for a while, I’ve read multiple books by him and I’m always left in awe of how he creates his characters, each one different from others and have unique charms to them. This one didn’t disappoint me either, the protagonist Pudge had a knack for knowing last words, and Alaska is portrayed as a character who loves recklessness and chaos but is beauty amidst it. Of course, these are not the only things that set them apart but these are some unlikely attributes about them that stuck with me. In the storyline, Pudge leaves his high school for boarding school while quoting the phrase “I go to seek a great perhaps”. He had been looking for a change and arriving at Culver Creek gave him the change he was looking for; he found friends, quite possibly love and adventures that he would never forget. I love the fact that there are two sections the before and the after, it really shows how everything changes once you meet people in life and sometimes it's astonishing to see how much they impact one's life. John Green does not shy away from expressing his thoughts on heavy topics, he depicts it through his writing which adds on to this book. Many quotes struck a chord in me, so many phrases and sentences had deeper underlying meanings which made this even more intriguing. Overall I loved reading this book, the storyline kept me hooked and I would read it over and over again!
Looking for Alaska is the best book I've ever read. I feel as though it's so amazing because there's not anything too grand about it if that makes sense. What I mean is that most books that are considered good or the best usually have a big plot and a lot going on. Looking for Alaska has great, normal characters and a good plot with nothing too complicated. Which is one of the reasons it's so great. And everything they talk about with the labyrinth and how to get out of it is just so exceptional in many indescribable ways. If you ever read a book it should most definitely be Looking for Alaska. I'm not going to really describe the book because you should read it yourself and really see what it's about. I'm not going to say my opinion on what happens so that way you can make up your own mind on what you read. What you think it means and what you think really occurs in the book. The show on Hulu also is so sensational and just absolutely the best thing ever. You really get to see the book come to life. I loved seeing Alaska being portrayed and I was finally able to see how she really was and not just how she was in my head. Probably one of the best quotes from the book is, "How will I ever get out of this labyrinth of suffering?"
I found this book to be a compelling read! I wanted to know what would happen next, how would the characters develop, and would the develop? I have had no experience or frame of reference for a co-ed boarding school - so that was intriguing. John Green has crafted a cast of characters, a setting and an array of challenges and life events that will likely make you want to turn the pages. It is a good read.
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An aesthetic and heartfelt (if immature) look at grief and individuality. 4/5
Green is one of my daughter's favorite YA authors so I tried this, his first. He's a gifted writer who creates characters both believable and intelligent - no dumbing down his teen protagonists. This was about a group of friends in a prep boarding school; they could have been the cast of characters from The Art of Fielding in their teenage years. The plot took a left turn halfway through (no spoilers here) and while I admired the writing until the end, some energy and life left the story for me in the second half. Green doesn't hesitate to address many big issues and he does so with compassion, wit and gorgeous writing. This is a spiritual and philosophical novel and I recommend it to readers who appreciate thoughtful and challenging young adult fiction.
I like many others made the mistake of watching the movies before reading the books and as the old saying goes, the book is better than the movies. This time I turned it around and took it upon myself to read all of John Green's genius books. This books like the last three I've read have been, to put it simply amazing. The ending was not what I expected but like all his other books its unbelievably raw and realistic, it's not some fairy tail ending because this is real life and I love that about his books. All in all it was a great read. Beautiful as always.
Yet another book I'm not exactly sure how it ended up on my "must read" list, but I do know I have enjoyed others by this same author (Turtles all the Way Down, The Fault in the Stars, Paper Towns, etc). After the somewhat serious books I had been reading recently, I welcomed this young adult novel. Don't get me wrong, it still had its dark sides, but I think the overall feel was a little more lighthearted (or at least there was more of that thrown in throughout the story). I was able to read this book in an afternoon and couldn't really put it down. I really liked how it was set up as a "before and after", it kept you engaged and interested to find out what the turning point in the story would be and then how the characters would move past it. This is definitely a different take on a "coming of age" story, and I can see why schools are using it in their curriculum. The characters all felt real, raw and relatable. I wouldn't say it was a tearjerker (it may had been a little predictable), but it definitely gave me the feels. I would give it an 8 out of 10.
I was surprised that I loved Looking for Alaska as much as I did. This story shows a group of teens at a boarding school and their many pranks, but also how they relate before and after a tragic event. Readers will be able to relate to this coming-of-age story in so many ways.
I have read this book quite a few times and I have a blast every single time. I recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, different coming of age story.
I read It all in one really long sitting.
looking for Alaska is probably my favourite John Green book.
it started out fun, then BOOM, everything changed! it was amazing
Awesome read! I loved it and I kept thinking that Alaska will pop out of nowhere and say that this was just a big prank. I loved it.
Absolutely beautiful novel. The eloquence with which John Green writes is astounding, not to mention the way he creates characters that feel real, and communicates major life themes and lessons to a younger audience with clarity. So much emotion is evoked throughout the story in a way that other YA novels fail to.
Unlike a comment I saw previously, this book wasn't exactly set up to be unpredictable but for the execution of the ending to be tear-jerking. Can't say that it was exactly that tear-jerking.
This was the most tragic book. Other then the fault in our stars. but it was funny.
I enjoyed this novel very much. it was so well written, very clever and relatable. The characters are likable, the story kept my interest. The ending was a little anti-climatic for me, but overall a good book.