Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Miles made a life changing decision when he decided to enroll at Culver Creek Boarding School for his junior year.  The only thing he left behind was his parents as Miles had no friends and zero possibilities.   He felt stagnated in Florida and wanted to venture into "The Great Perhaps". 

Miles is a witty, intelligent narrator who loved to read biographies and memorize famous last words.
"Francois Rabelais.  He was this poet.  And his last words were 'I go to seek a Great perhaps.'  That's why I'm going.  So I don't have to wait until I die to start seeking a Great perhaps." Pg. 5.

At Culver Creek, Miles earns himself the nickname, Pudge, because he is so skinny.  His roommate, the Colonel, is a intelligent, short in stature, teen who hates rich people.  Down the hall lives the most beautiful elusive girl, that Miles has even seen.  He falls instantly in love with Alaska, who is a train wreck waiting to happen.  Alaska teaches Miles "Pudge" how to love, get to 3rd base, smoke, create fabulous pranks, celebrate life and more.  Alaska is essentially, a life changer, a force of nature, and a whirlwind of emotions. 

Green has created a fabulous cast of characters who will make you laugh, cry and ultimately capture your heart. Once you start reading Looking for Alaska it is hard not to get caught up in the labyrinth.   Looking for Alaska is a philosophical look at the turns you take in life and how twisted the labyrinth is.  One of the teachers creates a final exam where students must ask themselves what the most important question facing people is and answer it according to the three religions they studied in class.  Alaska's questions is:  "How will we ever get out of this labyrinth of suffering?"Pg. 158

Looking for Alaska is a intelligent, brilliant novel for teens and adults alike.  It is a coming of age novel that is unique, daring and downright enjoyable to read.   From the first page to the last word, this book will have you quickly turning pages and savoring the unique moments.
Once you meet Alaska you won't ever be the same.

My last words in the blog post will be one of the Colonel's cheers because they made me laugh.  Enjoy! 

Hip Hip Hip Hooray!