Looking for Alaska (Paperback)
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Short Description for Looking for Alaska The unmissable first novel from bestselling and award-winning author of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS.
- Published: 01 April 2011
- Format: Paperback 272 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780007424832 ISBN 10: 0007424833
- Sales rank: 260
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Reviews for Looking for Alaska
Beautiful in every sense of the word.
This book deserves the 5 stars without a doubt. It is beautifully written and the characters are such individuals. I wanted to read it again as soon as I finished it. Highly recommended. by Emily Clare
A Coming-of-Life Novel
"I would always love Alaska Young, my crooked neighbour, with all my crooked heart."
I'm not quite sure where to start with this book. I read it in about a day, which is quite amazing, as my last two books have taken me about three weeks each. So that pretty much says how fantastic I found it. Everything is perfectly done. I love the layout of it, with the incident as the central point, showing us the hundred and thirty-six days before and after. I did guess what would happen, though I really didn't want it to. For some reason I seemed to know what the incident was before I even picked up the book. I'm not sure if I'd read it somewhere before and consciously forgotten it or something, I don't know. Still, it was heart breaking.
At the start I was sort of worried because Miles sounded quite moan-prone, the kind of guy who doesn't appreciate the friends he already has (kind of like a male Bella Swan) but the narrative certainly improved from the beginning. I did actually end up really liking Miles, and his habit for remembering last words. I thought that was a great thing for the story to keep going back to.
All the characters were awesome. The Colonel was just freaking fantastic, and Alaska is basically everything I would like to be. Except for, you know, the screwed up part. I think John Green captures all their voices incredibly well, pretty much perfectly. I love the backgrounds he gave to the characters too, and with them the reasons they were like they were.
I could really feel Miles' frustration and sadness at the situation he'd been left with. I wanted for so much more to happen. With every day that was counted down I felt even more depressed, because I wanted to just keep reading about their time at school and the pranking and the stuff they got up to. That's the thing about Green's writing - even when not a lot is happening, it's still damn near impossible to put down.
So I'm giving it the full five stars, mainly because of the kick-ass characters and how absorbing it was. It's one of those rare stories that, when you're reading it, you almost become it. Then when someone interrupts you you're kind of dazed for a few seconds because you don't really know where or who you are. You just get so lost in the characters. More than a coming-of-age novel, I see it as a coming-of-life novel, is such a thing exists. It doesn't matter that Miles is just a Junior. He could be any age and the same experience would probably shape him the same way. So really this book is for anybody. Probably for everybody. It really is quite a treasure.
"Thomas Edison's last words were, 'It's very beautiful over there.' I don't know where there is, but I know it's somewhere, and I hope it's beautiful." by David Coldwellunder review