“This was a deeply depressing book about teenagers at a private school. A group of friends try many ways to beat the system, as well as othr things. One dies, and they all fall apart. ”Linda S wrote this review Sunday, November 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent potential high school studying material when it comes to contemporary literature. ”Mariam wrote this review Saturday, November 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“YAY EXTRA CREDIT!!!
Looking For Alaska by John Green is a modern day story at a boarding school. Miles Halter (Pudge) decides to attend a boarding school in Alabama. Once there, he is introduced to Alaska Young, “the hottest girl in all of human history.” With a few other co-conspirators, the duo plays pranks, breaks laws, and gets in trouble until, before the final prank, one of them is in an accident, leaving the others to investigate under mysterious circumstances. Bufriedos, secrets and booze are consumed as Pudge’s world is transformed dramatically through the course of this book.
Pudge, being from Florida, was never really a popular guy. He didn’t fail classes, break laws, or even think about pulling a prank before coming to Alabama, though his obsession with learning the last words of people was never-changing. He learns fairly quickly to smoke, drink, stay within certain ethical boundaries, and learn how to handle different types of people. Alaska’s moods and actions really helped him step into other people’s shoes.
The most dominant theme I found was the inevitability of death. Pudge’s obsession with last words and Alaska’s focus on the Great Perhaps reflect the viewpoint of many teens and adults on what happens before and after death. Another theme I found was the keeping of secrets. One person “ratted out” a couple, who were expelled, while an entire grade, regardless of socio-economic status and reliability to keep their mouth shut, kept the final prank a secret for weeks. Other minor secrets, told and untold, really helped show the true nature of characters.
I would rate this book five stars. I really did want to put it down and leave it be, but there was something about it, not anticipation, that made me pick the story right back up and continue from where I left off. People comfortable with some F-bombs, sexual activity, and some adult humor who are looking for life’s answers should read this book, though I would not recommend it to anyone under the age of 17. People who like this book might like An Abundance of Katherines (also by John Green) or Sex and Violence by Carrie Mesrobian; both revolve around small events building and defining the main, male character.
“Everyone wants to be as interesting as Alaska. I know I am! :) More than anything, John Green writes friendship that we all want to have. ”Patti G wrote this review Tuesday, November 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Looking for Alaska is a young adult novel written by John Green, my favourite author, published in 2005. The novel's protagonist is Miles "Pudge" Halter. Pudge is a boarding student who recently moved to Culver Creek, a boarding school in Alabama. He seeks a fresh start and a 'Great Perhaps'. He meets a couple of individuals, Alaska Young, Chip "Colonel", Takumi and Lara. All the characters develop through out the novel in different ways. Alaska, the romantic interest of Pudge, is an adventurous, self-destructive, unpredictable girl who helps Miles/Pudge mature and fit into Culver Creek. At the beginning of the novel, Pudge's challenge is to fit in and balance himself educationally. I cannot spoil what happens, but the book takes an unexpected twist, and becomes one of the most powerful books that sent one of the most important lessons for young adults. This book made me re-think myself and John Green, without a doubt, helped me mature and become a better writer myself. I would recommend this book to everyone above the age of 11. It has some mature language and mature topics. This was one of the most amazing books I've ever read. ”Katia Klimenko wrote this review Tuesday, November 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Strong plot with interesting characters and their distinct personalities. I loved the whole book!”Charlene wrote this review Monday, November 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good in the beginning but after she dies it gets very boring ”Brenna!!! wrote this review Thursday, October 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another one of my all time favorites. John Green does an extremely good job keeping the reader entertained. Each character is different from the other, and it's interesting to see how they maintain their friendships after a tragic accident occurs.”Anikaanklekar wrote this review Thursday, October 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I absolutely adored this book. I think a lot of romantic novels tend to be really cheesy & unrealistic but this was far from it. It was also really intellectual and made me think about a lot of things differently. I would definitely recommend this novel. ”Jessica Lyons wrote this review Thursday, October 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read this book after I finished The Fault in Our Stars. I thought it was really good. I loved all of the characters and unexpected plot twists and the lessons the main character learned throughout. I plan to read more John Green books in the future because I've really enjoyed the two I've read by him.”Katie Laquidara wrote this review Thursday, October 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No