“The book, “Looking for Alaska”, focuses on Miles “Pudge” Halter, a skinny boy from Florida who ventures to Culver Creek Boarding School in Alabama, and his various adventures as he tries to find his purpose in life. He has a knack for remembering peoples' last words and one that really stuck with him was, “I go to seek a Great Perhaps”. This is Pudge’s reasoning for leaving home and going away for school. Pudge rooms with a tough and straightforward boy named, Chip “Colonel” Martin, and eventually will befriend the sexy and cunning, Alaska Young. Pudge soon finds himself head over heels in love with, Alaska, although she has a boyfriend at another school. This however, doesn’t stop Alaska from hinting at things that send Pudge’s mind whirling. Alaska and Colonel bring Pudge along on all types of pranks and adventures that occasionally lead to trouble. Pudge never had these experiences before which he chalks it all up to finding his Great Perhaps in life. Until one day everyone’s life is turned upside down and is irreversibly changed. From now on Pudge must face the ghosts in his life and find his way out of suffering and learn how to forgive and move on from questions that he will never receive an answer to. This book follows Pudge’s journey of self-discovery and maturity.
I really enjoyed the author’s twists and turns in the plot along with the character dynamics. Readers are able to relate to many of the events which occurred in this book which makes it that much more realistic and makes the characters seem more human. Pudge’s determination and self-growth throughout the book is admirable and encourages the reader to go seek their own Great Perhaps.
The teaching connection-this book could be integrated in a social issues class that deals with developing maturity, social pressures, and the dynamics of relationships.”