Goodreads: 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.
Okay guys, I read my first John Green book. Epic isn’t even the word. I loved it and could easily read ‘Looking For Alaska’ at least twenty times. I now understand why people fall in love with his books, because they are brutally honest and real and totally captivating. I was shocked multiple times and if anybody could get an award for the ‘most devastating event to ever happen in a book’, then John Green would win hands down. He truly knows how to smack you right in the stomach, but personally, I love books that do this.
I was intrigued firstly by the chapter titles… it says things like ’Eighty-nine days before…’ and it immediately made me question what exactly was going to happen. All that I knew was that it wasn’t going to be pretty. The plot definitely moved at a fast pace, I was constantly questioning everything that was happening and when you do finally find out what the ‘event’ was, it’s a MAJOR shocker. I definitely was not expecting it at all.
The characters are superb and very realistic. It was really interesting to read from Pudge’s perspective, as most of the books I read are from female points of view. Alaska has to be my favourite character, as I’m sure she’s most peoples who have read this book. She’s dynamic and quick-witted and intelligent and fiercely independent and strong and I could go on and on. The reactions of the characters are all justifiable and I could expect them to actually happen in real life because it’s so believable.
Looking For Alaska is a read that will teach you some very important things about life and really make you question things. It has believable characters, major shockers and a journey that you won’t forget.
5 out of 5 stars.