Miles Halter was always a fan of last words. While some people pride themselves on knowing the capitals of the states, Miles prides himself on knowing famous peoples last words. So when Miles reads a biography of Francois Rabelais, he learns his last words were I go to seek a Great Perhaps. Convinced now that he himself is after a Great Perhaps, Miles begins his journey at Culver Creek boarding school.
His roommate Chip (called Colonel) introduces Miles (whom he nicknames Pudgie complete irony, seeing as Miles is insanely skinny) to his friend Takumi, and more importantly, to Alaska. After meeting Alaska, Miles is sure that he is in love with her. She completely confuses him, being flirty and sweet one day, then moody the next. But, Miles continues to hang out with these people who become his friends, and he agrees to help out with the pranks that they are planning. After all, they are teenagers and invincible what could go wrong?
John Greene entertains readers with these unique characters. My favorite character is Alaska; there is no doubt about it. Just the fact that her character was given the power to pick her own name shows how unique she really is. The whole novel was definitely unique in its story line, and I really enjoyed reading it.
Miles Halter is a new student at an Alabama boarding school. He is quickly drawn into a circle of friends bound by their prank war against another clique and their quest to find a safe place to smoke where the dean won't bust them. Miles, like many other boys at the school, falls in love with Alaska, an intriguing girl who is the group's clear leader. None of them, however, are prepared for the shock Alaska is going to give them.
Graphic discussion of sex and liberal use of alcohol make this only appropriate for more mature high school students. However, John Green's excellent writing style and examination of the meaning of life, suicide, and the possibilities of life after death raise this novel above the typical sex-booze-and-pranks-at-boarding-school story.
Looking For Alaska is one of my favorite books and John Green is an amazing author. The book follows the story of a boy whos just normal. There isn't anything really outstanding about him. He doesn't have the coolest firends, he doesn't have any firends really. He moves to a new boarding school where he joins a group of very eccentric firends. He starts to understand what it is to have firends and maybe even fall in love. Its a great book with an unexpected outcome. Marvelously funny with just a touch of heartache.
Miles is going to boarding school. But it's not like he's leaving a bunch of friends and is totally depressed by the thought. That's right, he actually does want to go. When he finally gets there, he meets his roommate, Chip Martin, more commonly know as the Colonel, who introduces him to Alaska Young, the pretty girl a few doors down that Miles it totally fascinated with. They hang out and become friends throughout the school year. But then, something terrible happens and everything becomes completely different.
The book really held my attention. It's split up into two parts, before and after. Luckily I was able to overpower the curiosity that made me want to flip right to the after and know what happens and I am so glad that I did. Which is pretty much my way of saying that if you want the book to be as wonderful as it was for me, then don't you dare look ahead.
This book is great and I would definitely recommend it to anyone I know. I liked it so much I don't trust very many people with it and therefore have only allowed two people to read it, my fellow book lover/best friend and my older brother. This book can be liked by both girls and boys. And I think the cover is absolutely gorgeous. I know, you're not supposed to judge a book by it's cover but it's nice to have something pretty to look at when you're done.
Also if you like this book, check his other book, An Abundance of Katherines. I haven't read it yet but I'm sure it's just as good.
It was such a great read. But it was good and
boring at the same time. I like the writing, I like every character (except for
Alaska) but sometimes the writing can be dull.
This is the first John Green book I read and Ive
to say, Im impressed. I like the fact that the main character is very
philosophical and good student. I felt pity for him but he was a gentleman.
Alaska? She is a sweet girl too. She is& crazy. Just
crazy. Its hard to understand her; and she is just different. She is nice,
good looking and friendly but I didnt really like her. I think she is
maddening. However, I like the fact that she is a certified bookworm.
This book rocks! It was a great book and I enjoyed
it. The best thing about this book is that, it is written from the males
perspective. Most of the time YA authors are womens and we usually get the
girls perspective and all her mushy feelings (Im not saying its bad, it
isnt). This book shows what it is to be a teenage boy and how they handle
things. I adore this book. I do recommend it for anybody.
I think that what makes Looking For Alaska such a different and refreshing young adult novel is that the narrator although seemingly ordinary and normal has his own quirks& like his ability to remember peoples last words. This ability is obviously connected to the novel and is used to foreshadow and prepare readers for certain tragedy but it makes Miles Halter or Pudge interesting. Miles is a bored teenager who looking for more to life convinces his parents to let him go to a boarding school in Alabama known as Culver Creek. Miles soon realizes that Culver Creek is nothing like home in Florida when he quickly befriends his room mate named Chip or as he prefers to be called the Colonel. The colonel introduces him to the infamous and notorious Alaska who is beautiful inside and out. Her only flaw is her recklessness and Miles cant help but fall in love, the only problem is shes already taken. With friends like Alaska, the Colonel, he learns important life lessons like the pain of love, the strength in loyalty, the power of friendship and the hope that rises from tragedy. I loved this novel for its ending, which I thought, did the book more justice. The ending of the novel probably the last three pages were the best, satisfying without getting corny endings Ive read in a while.
Looking for Alaska by John Green gets a 3/5.
The characters in this book were, to me, not very developed. All the people seemed kinda whiny and Alaska Young didn't seem like the strong character she was meant to be. I really couldn't stand "The Colonel" who seemed like everything was the end of the world. Pudge's character seemed to be really whiny, and he didn't really go through a transition fase of being at home then being there. (Who would really wanna spend their school year at boarding school?)
The plot was okay, I didn't expect the twist that happened to happen. I did like the setting, although they did whine to much about the weather.
Looking for Alaska gets a *** / 5.