Looking for Alaska
First drink, first prank, first friend, first girl, last words! A poignant and moving crossover novel about making friends and growing up from American author, John Green. Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words — and tired of his safe, boring and rather lonely life at home. He leaves for boarding school filled with cautious optimism, 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.
This is going to be a hard book to write a review on. I have wanted to read a John Green novel so bad. His covers, the titles and all the buzz going on about his books was so hard to resist. But I wanted to read it as in a book book. So I waited patiently and Lo Di Da I was rewarded. (Pshh! Beez and Patience? Puhleaz)
I want to start by saying Hats off to you John Green. Beautiful writing. Captured my heart. If I were to list all my favorite lines from this book, I think I'd just have to copy paste the whole book. It was that amazing. The lines, they leave a imprint on your mind. This book is going to be with me for a long time probably forever.One thing is clear; I am going to read all of John Green books.
I didn't really fall in love with this book at the starting. I liked it. And I wanted to read it. But it wasn't exactly gripping and breath taking. I liked it and I was interested but that yearning wasn't there. At the end of Before it started getting all the more amazing and at After I was hawk eyed.
This book is in two parts, Before and After. There's some day before and some days after. I thought tat was a brilliant idea. It also leaves you hungry to know before what??
Another thing I thought fantastic about this book was Mile's addiction to last words. I can totally see why he likes them so much. There's such a mystery behind those words. I especially loved all the last words mentioned in these books.
"I go to seek a great perhaps."
Before this book the only great persons last words i remembered was Steve Jobs,
"Oh wow! Oh wow! Oh wow!"
I think I'm going to be obsessed about last words for a long time after this book.
One of my favorite characters is 'the colonel'. He is Miles room mate who's real name is Chip. He a great friend. He's also very funny. He drinks Ambrosia to dull his pain. Ambrosia as in milk with vodka which tastes very sour, unlike in Percy Jackson where it happens to be a sweet yummy drink that cures injuries. The colonel has many depths. He's a great guy. Especially his pranks and bizarre thoughts and ideas. The football game part was soo funny. I nearly fell of my chair when I read that he'd been thrown out of 37 games before. And since I was in the middle of class that certainly was bad timing.
Thats her name. I just love it. And she chose it. How cool is that? I want to chose my name. Though if i had i would have chosen a very lame one that i would have grown to hate lots more because i would have been at fault. I hope you know that Beez is not my real name, how much ever i want it to be. Right. Alaska.
Alaska is best described as a force of life.
She's crazy, wonderful, moody, shocking, colorful, mind boggling and so many other words. She's one of those characters you can never be successful in describing. She's always going to be mysterious. Its no question why Miles falls for her. Alaska is soo full of life and spontaneous and has a million ideas and theories. She's that person who you'll always be in awe of.
Alaska has many depths. At first she is that beautiful breath taking girl who is reckless and smokes and drinks. But as you get to know her you discover many layers to her. The story of how her mom dies is heart breaking. She's not perfect in any way but she is vibrant and different.
I had a feeling that she was always with odds at herself.She blamed her self for certain things. I think she was confused. She didn't really know what she wanted.
I couldn't believer her when she was making out with Miles. she had a boyfriend and she got Miles a girl friend. And 'to be continued' was just so unfair to Miles.
I love Alaska but i certainly wouldn't want to be her.
Now to the protagonist, Miles aka Pudge. Miles is skinny and that's why Colonel names him Pudge. Personally i think Pudge sounds like plump and that the opposite of Miles. Pudge is a great guy. He's a real nice friend and he is obsessed with last words of people. He moves to the boarding school to find his Great Perhaps. He has a certain depth to him. He is intelligent, deep thinker and has a physiological brain. He falls for Alaska very soon and it isn't hard to see. He loves her unconditionally though most of her is in his head. Sometimes i feel sorry for Pudge. He falls for this drop dead gorgeous girl who has a boy friend who leads him on every time but never actually does anything except for a few kisses on the last day!
Miles is a complex guy. I could understand why he was fascinated with Alaska. Though maybe if he had been more of man and grown some ball and kissed her before things could have been different for him.
He definitely needs to grow some balls.
I liked all the other character especially Lara who still likes Pudge after he pukes on her. She is just so sweet. I even like that weird almost dead religious studies teacher who gives those confusing questions who's answers make you run around in circles.
I loved the book.
My advive is you have to read it. While you do that, John Green here i come.
|4.75; cant wait to read his other books!|
Lots of love and buffriedoes(inside joke: requires reading)