Wednesday, January 4, 2012

JGW: Book Review: Looking for Alaska by John Green (3)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Publisher: Speak
Series: Standalone
Source: Bought
Rating: 5 stars

Looking for Alaska

Miles "Pudge" Halter, a boy with an obsession of last words, is in search of the "Great Perhaps." Done with his boring old hometown, he heads off to boarding school and meets Alaska Young. She's gorgeous and funny, not to mention completely messed up, and the catalyst to the craziest, most wonderful, most terrible year of Mile's life. 

I've never reviewed a John Green book because I didn't know what to say. I mean, I doubt any reader would be satisfied with a review that contained only one word: Perfect. Also, Looking for Alaska is one of those books that I loved so much, I didn't want to share it with anyone. But in the spirit of JGW, I'll try.

I love reading books that have male protagonists since there are so few, and Miles is a fantastic character. He's the type of guy you'd want as your friend. All of the characters in this book are. They're witty and brilliant and show that teenagers aren't just stupid kids. This book will touch you, and you may recognize a bit of yourself in Miles.

LFA is a book about searching for yourself and trying to understand life. Whether you're a teenager or an adult, that's a theme everybody can connect to.

Other books by John Green: Paper Towns, An Abundance of Katherines, The Fault in our Stars
Have you ever loved a book so much you wanted to keep it to yourself? Tell me about it! (Or don't.)


  1. Actually, that happened with a movie for me. When I first saw Titanic, my mouth was agape. Never has human nature-every single, freaking part of it-been depicted so well on the screen. And those characters...I felt for them so much, wanted Mr. Murdoch and Jack and Mr. Andrews and Rose and Cal all to just be mine. Everyone thinks of it as a love story, and it's really everything but.

  2. I really must read this book this year! This book and Katherines as well. The only John Green I've read is Paper Towns, which I really enjoyed!

    I agree, sometimes with the very best books it's SO hard to review them, because you can never perfectly describe how amazing and meaningful they are. Jellicoe Road was hard to review for me because I adored it so much.


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