QOTD: Name one of your favorite character with him/her you would like to spend a day together?
AOTD: Alaska Young. Cos she is smart, sassy and witty. And she has her Life's Library!! We'd talk about books and life.
REVIEW: *spoiler ahead* 'Looking for Alaska' is a simple, splendid YA novel. In the beginning of the book, 16 years old Miles Halter, a geek with zero social life and an obsession with last words of famous people, decided to leave his colorless life in Florida for Greater Perhaps; he decided to go to Culver Creek, an elite boarding school in Alabama.
There he befriends an eclectic group of mischief-makers. Chip “Colonel” Martin, a scholarship student who is bright, boisterous and also Pudge’s (Pudge is Halter’s new nickname) roommate; Takumi, a witty Japanese with a penchant for rapping; Lara, a gorgeous, soft-spoken Romanian; and most importantly, Alaska— a sassy, sexy, dynamic girl who is given to moodiness and crying jags but is also full of spirit and energy, who with her razor-sharp wit and devil-may-care attitude, is the quintessence of Pudge’s “Great Perhaps”. Unsurprisingly, he falls in love with her.
The days roll on, and life at Culver Creek is colored with all shades of exhilaration— smoking cigarettes on campus, swigging cheap bottles of wine in dorm rooms, driving around town, playing elaborate pranks on each other, etc
Slowly, Pudge learns little details about the maddening and fascinating Alaska. About how she is a deeply unhappy person, and how she wants to find her way out of the “labyrinth of suffering”.
On one fatal night, Alaska meets her end in a car-crash. And now, Pudge must, while dealing with grief and anger, try to answer the question, “Was it an accident or did Alaska choose the “straight and fast” way out of the labyrinth?” This novel comes with a big twist at the end that could upset you but I think John Green handles it nicely and I was highly satisfied with the ending. It is surrounded by humor and the outrageously thought out pranks in the school.
I would highly recommend reading this novel. It is John Green's debut novel and a good book to start if you are new to YA genre.
Rating: 4.50 / 5.00