Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.
After. Nothing is ever the same.
Well I’ve been meaning to read a John Green book for ages now, and I just happened to get Looking for Alaska for free over the Summer! I’m glad I was finally able to read it, especially now that it’s going to officially be a movie!
Looking for Alaska was a beautifully deep and introspective story told from the perspective of Miles or Pudge as he takes the plunge into a new boarding school in search of a new beginning. Along the way, he learns to break the rules and take chances, all the while falling in the love with the tumultuous Alaska Young.
Though not a whole lot of crazy happens in this book, I found myself sucked in by the story and the depth of the characters. John Green has such a unique way of writing. His narration is captivating and consuming. I had to reread mulitple sentences just to fully take in the significance of their meaning. There were so many amazing lines! Looking for Alaska deals a lot with life and death and what it means to remain alive but also where we go when we die. It had me thinking throughout. I would definitely recommend this book to any fan of contemporary romance or young adult fiction!
You can buy it on Amazon here!