Looking For Alaska

Book: Looking For Alaska by John Green

Book Info: Published by Dutton Juvenile; 221 pages; hardcover; borrowed from the library

Genre: YA: Contemporary

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Goodreads.com Summary: Miles “Pudge” Halter is abandoning his safe-okay, boring-life. Fascinated by the last words of famous people, Pudge leaves for boarding school to seek what a dying Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.”

Pudge becomes encircled by friends whose lives are everything but safe and boring. Their nucleus is razor-sharp, sexy, and self-destructive Alaska, who has perfected the arts of pranking and evading school rules. Pudge falls impossibly in love. When tragedy strikes the close-knit group, it is only in coming face-to-face with death that Pudge discovers the value of living and loving unconditionally.

I LOVED Looking For Alaska!  It was sitting on my to-read list for a while, but after seeing it pop up on quite a few lists a few Top 10 Tuesdays ago and decided I needed to read immediately.

Initially, I wasn’t sure about the book, and was convinced that I wouldn’t like it.  But I kept reading, and I’m glad I gave it a chance, because it was funny and heart-breaking.

I loved the structure of it, with a countdown leading to the event, and then a countdown leading away from the event.  I liked that the event, which I’m not going to say here because I don’t want to ruin it for anyone who might want to read it, took place halfway through the book.  And that you don’t know what the event is until it happens.

And!  A male lead!  I liked Pudge and his awkwardness.  Actually, I liked all of the characters, and thought the flaws they had were pretty realistic.  I think Alaska is my least favorite character, and while I don’t get why Pudge has a crush on her, I still thought their feelings and their relationship were pretty spot-0n.  And overall, I thought it was a pretty realistic book.

I give it a 5 out of 5.  I think this book has cemented my love of John Green!

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