Sunday, May 5, 2013

Looking for Alaska by John Green


"Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter's whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" (Fran├žois Rabelais, poet) even more. Then he heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same."

So, as of now, I've read every John Green book I've been able to get my hands on. And it's making me kinda sad. Because each one of them is absolutely wonderful. I don't know what it is, exactly, but John Green has a way of writing things that make them more real and different from other books of the type. It was no different with this one--I could probably name three other books off the top of my head that have this type of story-line (maybe even modeled after this one), but this book's different. It has this ability to, um, how do I say this? Crush your heart? Yeah. In a lovely and terrible way. It makes you see what's going on, it makes you think about something like this playing out in real life. It wasn't so extremely tear-jerking as The Fault in Our Stars, but it still had John Green's flair for the heartbreaking. Overall, really powerful. Can't recommend it enough. Go get it at Kettleson, Sitka High, or Blatchley. Over and out!

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