Looking for Alaska (Paperback)
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Short Description for Looking for Alaska Miles "Pudge" Halter befriends some fellow boarding-school students and falls in love with Alaska Young, the razor-sharp, self-destructive nucleus of the group. When tragedy strikes, Pudge discovers the value of unconditional love. Speak
- Published: 01 January 2007
- Format: Paperback 221 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780142402511 ISBN 10: 0142402516
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Reviews for Looking for Alaska
Divided in two parts Looking for Alaska was for me actually 50% slow till somehow boring and 50% an intense, heart-broken story about friendship and fate. It talks a lot about teenagers, their young life among other teens and their developments concerning social in particular.
So the “before” part which goes till exactly page 133 was surely interesting, cause I got to know every character and witnessed their daily life at Culver Creek Boarding School. Miles, who didn’t have real friends ever before, makes the experience of having some and finally does what all teens do. But this part got somehow long and tedious for me. For sure there were some nice quotes of Alaska or the Colonel but it didn’t keep me eager to read on. So once landed at the end of part one I was rewarded for the about 120 pages I read before, cause what then happened just blew me away. And I didn’t see it coming. The remaining 80-90 pages were read in a high speed because it was so different to the “before” part in many aspects. The plot twist, the atmosphere…it even felt like the writing changed. It got profound and philosophical so finishing this felt like a learning process the way we experience it more often with John Green books.
I honestly had no specific relation to the characters first. They were in some way neutral to me. TILL the “after” part as you might guess. The Colonel showed facets of himself, I was surprised of in a positive way and Alaska got more special to me the more she left secrets behind. Miles however was thoughtful throughout the book, which was interesting but not too fascinating.
What I really liked about those teenagers was how they stick together and integrated Miles, when he was the new guy. Even though they are all quite different, they found a way to respect each other and hold on to their own believes and interests.
In my mind, the book could have been even shorter. For me especially the second part was dominant and succinct and this part is unfortunately shorter than the “before” part.
Looking for Alaska was a good read but it didn’t live up to the expectations I have when I pick a John Green book up. (not according to the rave of many readers) It’s an ordinary though dramatic story which sets you thinking about the simple things in life. I have now read four books of John Green and think that might be enough.
Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3 of 5 stars by Isabel Lazarovici
(SPOILERS) Another great book from John Green
So I should start by saying, another terrific read from John Green! He is definitely a fantastic writer. I have never written a review but couldn't resist with this one.
Everything about this story is so honest and raw. The characters are all well developed and definitely reflect the inner feelings and emotions we suffer and experience every day.
The story of Alaska was definitely tragic, from her self-hatred to the trail of destruction she happened to unintentionally leave behind. It reminds us all of how we can be, if not for those around us to hold us and keep us from falling apart.
Pudge to me acted as a symbol for the loneliness everyone feels, and shows the need for human interaction and love that he constantly seeks. It is without a doubt, that every one at some point, feels alone and seeks for the Greater Perhaps. He prompts us to remember the love we have around us, and to just believe we all have a greater purpose, we just need to look and find our belonging.
I just needed to express my love for this story, and would go on, but feel I have said too much to those who have yet to read in the delights of John Green. by Leisa Brown
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A good read
I first read this back in college, I rather liked it. Bit quirky and a lil out there but a good read. Looking forward to reading it again. by KiraLee Harvey
This book is amazing and really realistic. There's not much I can really say, I just finished reading it and I was blown away! by alice cerqueira
This book is awesome. You should buy it. by Laura
There seem to be a lot of young adult novels out at the moment, often touted as the next great coming of age story, yet more often than not are disappointing. But this book really does capture the pain and joy and confusion that comes with being a teenager and growing up. Looking for Alaska follows a teenage boy as he moves to a new school, meets new friends and a new girl. The story sounds simple, but John Green (from the amazing vlogbrothers on YouTube) helps you remember all the awkwardness of adolescence with humour and poignancy. Looking for Alaska will stay with you and you will enjoy every page. by H.
I loved this book. This book made me laugh and made me cry; i finished it in a day and i couldnt stop thinking about it... if you are wondering whether or not to buy this book. i say YES because i guarantee you will love it just like i did :) by Samantha Johnston
great teen fiction
If you loved 'Catcher in the Rye' then this book if for you. Set in a boarding school new student 'pudge' finally finds a group of friends, an odd group over shadowed by Alaska who has a unique way of looking at the world. When disaster strikes the group they are at a loss to understand what has happened and to deal with their new reality. by Gill E Collins
This is a great coming of age book for fans of Holden Caufield. Funny, sad, moving and inspirational, come and check out my full review at www.ourbookclub.net.au by Natalie Ward