Book Review: Looking For Alaska

Book 1 out of 100

So, one of my 2020 goals was to write more reviews. And I hope to write a review on both TV Shows, Movies and Books as I finish them. I just want to tell people how I feel about things, and maybe someone finds something they would like to watch or read. But then I can also remember what I have said and see if I ever did a re-read I can see if I change my mind.

Title: Looking for Alaska
Author: John Green
Genre: Young Adult Novel, Contemporary

Looking for Alaska follows Miles “Pudge” Halter as he goes to boarding school seeking the “Greater Perhaps” the last words of Francois Rebelais. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of Safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Throughout the first half, Miles and his friend Chip “The Colonel” Martin, Alaska Young, and Takumi Hikohito grow close.

Looking for Alaska is a coming-of-age novel that touches on themes of meaning, grief, hope, and youth-adult relationships.

Looking for Alaska was made into a Hulu Original on October 18, 2019.

My Thoughts

So, I loved this story. So the thing is, I liked the characters, as well as I didn’t like them. I liked to see them interact, and the story itself. So, I know for some they don’t like the unsolved ending, I don’t mind open endings. I mean, I still am wondering what happened, but then you kind of just need to form your own opinion.

It’s a short book, only just over 200 pages. But I feel like it was just long enough. There are some stories that don’t need to be longer, and I feel that this is one of those books. I think it’s great that an author can actually limit themselves in how long they make a book. Don’t get me wrong, I love long books, but most Contemporaries are no longer than between 300 and 400 pages. I, personally think that 400 pages are almost too much.

Things happened throughout the book, not too much fast pace but kept it interesting throughout the book.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. The reason for this is that I didn’t get the 5-star feeling. I can’t explain that feeling, but it is a special feeling you get when you just love the book so much and you know it will be one of your favorites. I know the feeling, a reader knows how it feels, and what people like is so individual.

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