“Charming protagonist, real life drama and novel structure as story counts down to the middle and then out.”Ms. P wrote this review Friday, October 30, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book. Was the best book ive read in my entire life. It was about a kid around my age who goes to a boarding school. Fist day there he she's a girl named alaska and is love struck. From then on he's trying to get into her pants, but theres one problem she has a boy friend. This book has comedy, drama, and love scenes too. last thing when i was reading it something big happens( i'm not going to tell you what cause you have to read it) but after i read that big thing i was like almost about to cry seriously no joke this book was the best and i plan on reading more books by this author.”Tyler G wrote this review Friday, October 30, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“i really enjoy this book! its a great teenage book to read!”.jessica e wrote this review Thursday, October 29, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“main charicters: miles halter, colonel, alaska, tukami. its about this kid named miles who goes to a boarding school, and the night before the first day he gets bound up with duct tape and gets thrown in a lake next to the school and almost drowns. miles colonel, alaska, and tukami plan this big prank to get their revenge for miles. during their planing for the prank alaska ans miles start making out and suddenly alaska starts flipping out that she for got something, and then she takes off somewhere, and the next morning the princable has an assembly before all the class's and he anounces that alaska died. miles and the colonel couldn't believe that she was died, so they went looking for her thinking she was playing a prank on them and they find out she was going to her mothers grave to put flowers there, but she never made it. One of the things i learned form this book is there really a place after we die such as heaven or hell or do u just want to believe this to keep the fear from dieing away from use, what if there isnt a afterlife what if its just black we just want to believe there is a after life so were r not scared. this was a very good book. one reason i liked this book is because it always kept me interested, and kept my face glued to it.”dalton h wrote this review Thursday, November 4, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“good writing, well-developed characters. Handled the subject matter well. Very realistic. Enjoyable but did not quite live up to the hype I'd heard.”LG wrote this review Tuesday, October 27, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Looking for Alaska is a young adult novel with themes of friendship and coming of age. The story begins when main character Miles leaves home and public school for adventures at Culver Creek boarding school. He meets his roomate, the Colonel, a scholarship student with a trailer park background, and the undefinable Alaska. Alaska is a fun, devious, smart prankster. This novel really explores the underlying layers of the characters. People are not always what they seem. The book takes me back to my own teenage years- remembering some people who were also fun, smart, devious but ended up being self destructive in the end much like Alaska. Alaska's character is one I couldn't quite put my finger on- there were so many aspects to her personality.
Miles' character changes throught the book. He leaves home as a boy with few friends, and grows so much as a person through his experiences. He develops friendships and learns how to depend on himself. Some of the experiences are common among those being away from home for the first time: new friends, fitting in, pressures of academics, as well as social pressures. I think college age students could relate to this first time away from home experience.
I was surprised to see how young the author is. His own teenage years were only about 10 years prior to the book being written, and I think this works in his favor when writing in first person from Miles' point of view. The author also develops the characters so richly that you feel like you know them. So many relevant issues come about in this book: dating, relationships, drinking, death, a possible suicide, loss....I could go on. I think young adults could easily relate to this book.
I really enjoyed this book. For quality rating, I give it 4P 4Q.
“omg, i completely loved this book!”Ashley wrote this review Friday, October 23, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was a very powerful, poignant story. The essay at the end was amazing - and the kids who read it with me were moved more by the overall message more than the scandalous parts”Kathryn O wrote this review Friday, October 23, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is really good. It's sad and has a bit of mystery. It's a powerful thought provoking book.”Stacy C wrote this review Thursday, October 22, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another John Green well worth reading. Sixteen-year-old Miles Halter's adolescence has been one long nonevent - no challenge, no girls, no mischief, and no real friends. Seeking the "Great Perhaps," he leaves home for a boarding school in Birmingham, AL. where he meets a quirky girl named Alaska. Well written and poignant, the characters grow and mature. Warning: the story contains a rather sexy scene, so if it makes you uncomforatble, stop reading the book. ”GPS READS wrote this review Thursday, October 22, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No