“I loved this book. I don't know why, but I felt really weird after reading it. ”Morgan K wrote this review Monday, June 1, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“this book was a great book!!! I loved it! It was nothing like I thought it would be. I thought it was going to be about the state Alaska. But this was way better than I thought it would've been!! everyone should read this!! this book just made me want to go out and pull a prank.”Tricia M wrote this review Monday, June 1, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoyed reading this book. This book is the type of book that I normally read. It was really interesting and the ending was not expected. I was so surprised and was in shock. Looking For Alaska has a moral behind it. This book does show reality of how teenagers does stupid stuff that they will regret later on in the future. I would recommend this book to teenagers. ”LILY D wrote this review Thursday, May 28, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Pudge isn't really popular. He went to your average, run of the mill high-school. As a lover of last words, he goes to Culver Creek Boarding School searching for "the great perhaps." That's when he meats Alaska, The Colonel, and Takumi. Alaska is a mystery- she's pretty and smart, too. But she likes to party. Her, Takumi, and The Colonel smoke and drink, and play pranks. Then, one night, the drinking goes to far, and it's price is very high. That's when Pudge's life changes forever.
I really liked this book. It had the perfect amount of humor, sadness, and suspense to keep you reading. The book really had a strong voice. It really stuck with me, and I have recommended it to multiple people. I would recommend this to people ages 12 and up.”
“I loved this book, it was fantastic. Pudge was so "real" and not fiction like at all, very relatable. Colonel was great also, if I wanted to have fun I would want to be friends with him. And Alaska I dont know if it was the point of the book but I found you never really got to know her too well but I wanted to know her so thats good I guess. As for the "greath perhaps" I thought it would be bigger and better but it was still great. The Authour was really great at developing his characters. The novel was not boring at all, I was a little skeptical about reaing it because it looked boring but it wasnt at all! I really did love, its deff 5 stars but not a favorite for some reason I cant pin point. Bit anyway I would recommend this book to anyone who asks for a good read!
“The last few pages of Looking For Alaska completely have changed my outlook on life. It seems odd that a novel of a mere two hundred pages could influence a person so drastically, but it's true. John Green wrote a magnificent story about a guy nicknamed "Pudge" and his friends in an Alabama boarding school. It is divided into "Before" and "After" parts, referring to Alaska's physical state...that's all I'm saying here. Quotes from Francois Rabelais and Simon Bolivar popped up over and over again. "I go to seek a Great Perhaps..."”Kelly R wrote this review Thursday, May 21, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book provides a tender look at the relationships between people, the way people come of age and how people deal with grief. The book is very truthful in describing the different ways grief can hit you - feeling guilt, sadness, anger; even feeling happiness or relief. I found it very well written - I really came to care for the characters, and to see why they felt the way they did. Also, make no mistake: some aspects of the book are quite serious, but others are funny. Really funny. The two extremes intermingle quite often: A hilarious situation is tinged with sadness or regret, or a very sad or serious moment is lightened by unexpected humor. Just like in real life, things are always bittersweet. Also as in real life, things are never black and white - the characters find this out as they grapple with various situations in the book. Religion is touched on as well, in a really thoughtful and well done way, and relates to this concept.
The things I didn't like: Having just read Paper Towns, another book by the same author, I was disappointed by their similarities. I liked them both alone, but it seemed like Green relies too much on the same situations and the same characters. Both books have a slightly geeky, quiet, teenage male protagonist who falls for a quirky, risk-taking and vibrant teenage girl. In both cases, this girl becomes almost more of an enigma than a real person. Also, both books have smart, wise-cracking sidekick friends to lighten the tension. I'm generalizing - the characters are well developed and unique. The friends are people in their own right. But, when an author relies so heavily on the same scenario twice, I feel like it cheapens the story. ”
“I was disappointed with this book. It was a good story with a good point, but I felt like it could have been much more well written. The foreshadowing was done too heavily, and I figured out answers or solutions to problems the characters had so long before they did that it became boring waiting and wondering when they would finally realize it. Lessons were vocalized well, but overall I was unimpressed.”Carly G wrote this review Tuesday, May 12, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A semi-autobiographical book that doesn't bother me in the least. John Green has constructed a world that tells exactly what it is to be a teen and go through a tragedy. The characters are self-centered and confused - and that's just how teenagers are. Confused about the world and the things that happen to them. Green has created a wonderfully realistic book that I plan to read over and over.”Diana M wrote this review Thursday, May 14, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Miles Halter is sick of not having a life, so he leaves boring Florida for Culver Creek Boarding School in Alabama in search of the Great Perhaps, a desire for something more to life inspired by the last words of poet François Rabelais. And Culver Creek is all Miles, ironically nicknamed Pudge, has been looking for because there, Pudge has genuine friends and an introduction to the wilder side of life via Alaska Young. Alaska is the most beautiful, enigmatic, fascinating, ingenious, mysterious, and dangerous girl Pudge has ever met, so it’s no wonder she steals Pudge’s heart and changes his entire perception of life. And it’s no wonder, after everything is said and done, that Pudge cannot alter the terrible greatness that is Alaska.
A beautiful tale of love and loss, life and death, Looking for Alaska succeeds in being hilarious, heart wrenching, and profound. Green’s realistically portrayed characters are so well created and placed that they become more than just words on paper, particularly the enigma that is Alaska. Alaska is the type of girl everyone loves to hate but don’t, and he sometimes impulsive and elusive behavior embodies the exploration and some of the greatest questions that I feel are at the heart of what it means to be a teenager. It’s not just about eh cigarettes, booze, and defying authority; it’s about learning to live, with the past and as oneself, and doing something right in one’s own view. This is a novel so soul searching of two amazing characters, primarily through narrator Pudge and indirectly Alaska. It asks and attempts to answer some of the most difficult questions about life and identity in a way that will stimulate readers’ minds. Reading this novel will give readers a greater understanding and appreciation for living.
I know great writing when I see it, and Looking for Alaska most definitely fits this category. I’d rate it among some of the all time best teen literature I’ve ever read. Fans of this novel will also enjoy the similar and less tragic Paper Towns also by John Green, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart, Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers, and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.
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