“Memorable characters moving store. Unique writing sytle.”Booksprite wrote this review Monday, September 7, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“text goes here for review”Al R wrote this review Sunday, September 6, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Green’s first novel for young adults challenges the idea of teen influence on others. Three characters meet at an Alabama boarding school and begin their friendship. Miles Halter in hopes to find the “Great Perhaps” decides to embark on the journey of life away from home. His roomate at Culver Creek school was Chip Martin, nicknamed Colonel. The Colonel introduced Pudge, Miles new name, to Alaska, Takumi and Lara. All the characters Green creates have a balance of life. Alaska is the intelligent one with her life library as she called it. She is also the reckless one. She is qouted by saying, “You guys smoke for fun, I smoke to die.” The book is written in two parts. The before is written to allow the reader to be capitvated by the daily life of a teenager and their friendships and antics. As the days grow closer to the after section of the book, strong physical and emotional ties between Pudge and Alaska develop. The last days before the second half of the book, the five planned a prank against the weekday warriors or the rich kids at their school. Miles reflects on their plan on page 103, “The Great Perhaps was upon us, and we were invincible. The plan may have had faults, but we did not.” However the past for Alaska was swiftly coming back to haunt her. One of her ‘last words’ that bonded she and Pudge was “How do I escape the labyrinth of suffering.” As explosive as her life was, it came to an end. As Colonel, Pudge and Alaska were spending time in their room drinking, Alaska woke up and rushed in to announce in a wild manner that she had to leave. She was acting uncontrollable and the boys diverted the Eagle’s attention so she could leave campus. The ‘after’ began the next morning, as the Eagle announced that Alaska was killed in a car accident the night before. So the last part of the book is the quest by Colonel and Pudge to find the truth about her rash departure that night. In their own way, they were dealing with their own suffering of guilt and grief. The way the crash happened lend itself to maybe be a suicide, but no one could know for sure. Takumi right before graduation, some three months later wrote Pudge and Colonel a letter explaining that he was the last one to see Alaska alive. He said she explained that she suddenly remembered that the anniversary to her mother’s death was that day and she had forgotten. In attempt to put flowers on her mother’s grave she left campus only to meet her own death. ”Leigh Ann H wrote this review Saturday, September 5, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My favorite book ever!”Gina M wrote this review Friday, September 4, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ This novel follows the life of a sixteen-year-old boy named Miles Halter. He was never very popular at his old school and is excited to be starting school at the same private school his father once attended. Once Miles gets there he soon is given the nickname "Pudge" by his roommate, Chip. Chip introduces Pudge to his friend Alaska, who he soon falls in love with. The rest of the novel goes on to tell about the pranks they pull during their school year. But when Alaska was suddenly killed in a car crash, the story turns to her friends trying to figure out if her death was not an accident.
This novel was very interesting and got the reader sucked into the story. You always wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen next. The way the novel was written, also got you into the characters' personalities, and made the reader feel like they really know the character and can relate to them. In all, this novel was very good and i would recommend it.”
“I love this book. It is just the right amount of giggles and tears.”Caitlynn F wrote this review Thursday, September 3, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was one of my favorite books that i have happened to read. It was a great story and i loved how it turned from a story about friendships into a love story. The end was a surprising tragedy but throughout the book, the author definitely kept capturing me, and it made me want to read more. ”Brynna B wrote this review Wednesday, September 2, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“9/10 stars.”Kira G wrote this review Monday, August 31, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Reading this shortly after the death of John Hughes made me compare Looking for Alaska to some aspects of The Breakfast Club. Both have some similarities, I think. This coming-of-age novel is a glimpse into the lives of a group of gifted, quirky, slightly adrift students at Culver Creek, a boarding school in Alabama.
There's Miles (nicknamed Pudge), fascinated by the last words of famous (and not-so-famous) people and quoting them on demand and as the situation warrants. There's Chip (nicknamed The Colonel), Pudge's roommate who enjoys memorizing alphabetical lists. There's a few other assorted hangers-on, Takumi and Lara among them.
And then there's Alaska, whose unconventional parents allowed her to choose her own name at age 7 and who doesn't have a nickname. She's brilliant, beautiful, mysterious, and extremely well-read.
Life is not completely idyllic at Culver Creek along the wooded paths of finding oneself amid schoolwork, practical jokes and pranks, imbibing in too many bottles of wine, and the tangle of relationships. As the reader accompanies the characters along their journey of discovery, we accompany them with a growing, gnawing and knowing sense of foreshadowing and foreboding, thanks to chapter headings titled simply "one hundred nine days before" and "forty seven days before" and "twenty-nine days after."
Looking for Alaska is recommended for ages 12 and up. I think this has a powerful message (without being preachy) for young teens as well as those approaching their college years. (Especially the latter, the more I think of it.) While reading, I was reminded - oh so very much - of my own group of college friends and of two particular incidents that occurred during our collegiate years.
I haven't read much young adult fiction since my teenage days, but I've been adding more to my repertoire after reading such great reviews on samples of the genre from others. If you're like me and wish to push your literary horizons into the realm of young adult fiction, Looking for Alaska is a very good place to start.
My rating: 4.5. Solid, well-paced plot and very memorable characters. Occasionally, the language and cursing can be a little heavy. Hence the reason for the 4.5 instead of a full 5.
Wow. just. Wow. Usually, when a beloved character dies, i cry, but then the plot allows me to move on, or it lessens the pain. Not this time. This time, when i cried, i couldnt stop untill Pudge did. I couldn't breathe for the entire second half of the book. But then again, i didnt want to breath for the first half.
This book was reccomended to me by a friend at camp, and I'm so glad i read it. It has been added to the short list of books that have changed my perspective, and my life.