Day 13: 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” (François 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.
Another day and another wonderful John Green book! Looking for Alaska was just as intense and emotional as Paper Towns and The Fault in Our Stars were, but of course in its own unique way. Where Paper Towns leaves you with a punch to the gut & TFiOS tears at your heart strings, Looking for Alaska ends on a high note. It is filled with struggles to be sure, but truly it isn’t a bad story.
TFiOS focuses on the characters and Paper Towns is all about the plot, but Looking for Alaska is that perfect medium between the two. I can see how it has received so many accolades, it really is perfectly balanced and the pacing is excellent. Where I felt Paper Towns dragged ever so slightly in the middle, and TFiOS was slightly rushed, Looking for Alaska keeps the reader engaged and enthralled both Before and After (you’ll have to read the book to get that reference).
The characters are deep and rich in their quality with Alaska, The Colonel and Pudge all coming to life in their own ways. Pudge, or Miles if you prefer, is the main character, although his shyness and quirks often make him feel like a secondary one, though not in a belittling way. It may be that Alaska is just such a force that everyone else pales in comparison. she can be frustrating at times, but there is just that something about her that makes it all worth it. She is the most fleshed out of the characters and that just feels right. The Colonel has his own brand of humor and a bit of aloofness that makes you able to like him one minute and be driven mad by him the next. He’s a great “typical best friend” character, forcing Pudge to grow while being there for him when it is needed. All three are endearing and Green wrote them perfectly.
Clearly I loved Looking for Alaska just as I have loved Green’s other books. All of them are fantastic and must reads, at least in my opinion. I have yet to read Will Grayson, Will Grayson, but my personal ranking (just for my enjoyment level) of them is as follows:
1. An Abundance of Katherines – The similarities between myself and the main character definitely had something to do with how much I loved it.
2. The Fault in Our Stars – Awesome and sad of course, but not as much as most people seem to make it out to be.
3. Looking for Alaska – Thoughts above.
4. Paper Towns – Just to clarify I gave Paper Towns a 5 Smiling Frodo review just like the rest, it is only this low because the ending killed me (in the suckerpunch to my emotions way).
As always thank you for reading and come back tomorrow for day 14! ^.^