Saturday, 13 April 2013

Review: Looking For Alaska by John Green

Looking For Alaska by John Green

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" (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.

My Review:

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.


  1. I am currently reading this book so its weird that you've just done a review on it, I'm at the point where the 'event' just happened, and your right you definitely don't expect it.

    1. It's a great book, I loved it. Hope you enjoy it too! :) I do like how it's a complete shock but I admit, I did scream a little when I read that part :')

  2. Great review and its such a hard book to review!
    Looking for Alaska is my favourite book I'm so glad you loved it. I hope you enjoy his other books, I suggest reading Paper Towns or Will Grayson, Will Grayson before The Fault in our Stars though

    1. Yeahh, I finished it ages ago but could only get to reviewing it now! They're definitely all on my list, I recently finished The Fault in Our Stars a couple of weeks ago.. loved it :)

  3. Oooh this books sounds like my kind of thing! I'll have to look out for it! I don't know if you review these kind of books but have you tried reviewing The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime? It's a really good book :)

    Followed you! I'm new to all of this blogging and would really appreciate if you could take a look at my blog, I've just finished writing a book review ^_^


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