Monday, April 23, 2012

Book Review: Looking for Alaska by John Green

Goodreads Review: Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. A stunning debut, it marks John Green's arrival as an important new voice in contemporary fiction.

My Review: Looking for  Alaska brilliantly encompasses  teenage hormones and the definition of friendship. It was a heart-wrenching story that should be read more than once. The voice was so clear, it was as if Miles' thoughts were my own thoughts, swirling in my head and leaving through my mouth, as if I were speaking the words. Everything clicked. There were no loose threads. 

I think my heart stopped at the end of the novel. It still amazes me how much power a few words on a page has over human emotions. The characters seemed to come alive from the pages, the "jokes" were clever and well thought-out and the imagery worked as well. There was much between the sentences and I appreciated that. 

I'm glad I finally read this book. If you haven't already, you should read it, too. 



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