Looking for Alaska by John Green Book Review
By Alissa Allison
Searching for a good read? Looking for Alaska, a novel by John Green published in 2005, can solve the problem. This is a fun, tragic, relatable, and mysterious novel that leaves you wanting to read more. It’s a “can’t put down” kind of book. Green’s usage of words and language enhances this book to give a beautifully told story of life and death.
Looking for Alaska is a fictional story of a junior in high school named Miles “Pudge” Halter. Whose hobby is finding famous people’s last words. Bored with his life in Florida, and looking for a more adventurous lifestyle which includes his idea of a “Great perhaps,” what he thinks life could be. Pudge enrolls in Culver Creek Boarding School in Alabama.
In Alabama, he finally starts finding himself. A girl named Alaska Young, who is anything but ordinary, becomes an insight to all the deeper meanings in life for Miles. Quickly he starts to fall for her.
He continues his studies at Culver Creek while his life is unfolding. But after a fatal car accident at the school, everything changes for them. Life becomes so much more for Miles and the last words are more relevant than ever. Does a “Great perhaps” come into perspective for him?
John Green is an award winning author and wrote many other books such as The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns, and Let it Snow. Looking for Alaska won the Michael L. Printz Award and was also on New York Times best sellers list.
Looking for Alaska is a great read for a young adult about the meaning of life and how you view the maze of your life. There is much more below the surface in this thrilling novel.