Title: Looking For Alaska
Author: John Green
Price: PHP 429.00
Read Date: 29 January 2012
Synopsis (From Goodreads):
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.
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Review In A Nutshell:
My journey into John Green’s books is pretty unorthodox. I made a conscious decision to read his first novel, Looking For Alaska, last. I wasn’t disappointed because, if anything, reading Looking For Alaska last made me love and appreciate all of John Green’s works even more.
Looking For Alaska is told from the perspective of Miles “Pudge” Halter who decided to move into Culver Creek boarding school in search of his Great Perhaps, some means to kill the doll drum of his somewhat normal yet unimaginative life in Florida. There, he became friends with Chip “The Colonel” Martin, Takumi Hikohito and Alaska Young. From the moment he stepped into his dorm room, every day became an adventure, perhaps more than he would’ve bargained for. Getting drunk, smoking packs, having sex, eating bufriedos and pulling pranks were just some of the things that highlighted his Culver Creek experience. In those occasions, Pudge fell hard for Alaska yet her unpredictable behaviour made it difficult for him to act on those feelings. He did get his chance but a terrible accident left him with nothing but a whole lot of “what-ifs” and questions that sends him and his friends on a quest to look for answers and a means to let go.
As I have shared in my first book review, my journey into John Green’s books is pretty unorthodox. I made a conscious decision to read his first novel, Looking For Alaska, last. I wasn’t disappointed because, if anything, reading Looking For Alaska last made me love and appreciate all of John Green’s works even more.
It is no wonder why Looking For Alaska won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association. The story was well-written: it was sharp, funny and thought-provoking. I had plenty of “Hell, yeah!” moments while reading it. If I had a highlighter beside me, I may have marked all my favorite lines. Unfortunately, my conscientiousness to keep my books pristine won over so I had to make do with colored tags. The characters bounce off the page: they were part-relatable, part-crazy. I loved how John Green distinctly wrote each character even if they were viewed through Pudge’s eyes. My favorite among them is Takumi. The book suffered some controversy given its pretty explicit writing style that it was even banned but it eventually won over people when John Green opened up about his writing experience.
For his debut novel, John Green’s voice in Looking For Alaska was very distinct — he knew what he wanted and he got it. In a way, this novel set the tone for the rest of his books; how he wants to be known as a writer. At some point while I was reading it, it made me realize that if I went through his works in the order by which they were published, all would’ve paled in comparison except for The Fault In Our Stars and Zombicorns. In a way, I am glad that I went through my journey with John Green the way I did. And because of this novel, he has solidified his position as one of those authors in my “must read, must buy” list.
4 out of 5 stars
My Two Cents:
Buy it. You rarely get fiction that is written this well. I think everyone should have a copy. Seriously.
My John Green Reading Order:
1. An Abundance of Katherines
2. Paper Towns
4. The Fault In Our Stars
5. Looking For Alaska