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Not a bad book, but not really for me.
At the time I read it, it was mindblowing. It's probably definitely some manic pixie dream girl shit.
Rating 3.50...revision follows:
Genre-wise this is Young Adult fiction. A tale of friendship at a private prep school in AL, the characters and plot engage at the beginning, especially Alaska, a rather unique, extremely bright and adventurous girl. Green's uses of a 'countdown' method for plot breaks was intriguing, though I was disappointed by the direction the story took half way through. That said, its enjoyable due to the character traits, nicknames and adventures. One part coming of age, another mystery, the title is somewhat misleading since 'looking' usually refers to a search. Regardless, its themes of loss, redemption and enlightenment balance the lackluster plot.
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I’ve been wanting to read this since one of my friends recommended it to me a few years ago, and I never got to it until now… Although I did buy it the same week it was recommended but… it was just been sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read. haha.. Last week I finally picked it up and read it. I’ve only read two books by John Green, which are of course The Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns-which are both sooo amazing btw. Sooo… I had a lot of expectations coming into reading Looking for Alaska. I’m finding it really hard to review/summarize this book. Love, friendship, life, death, before, after, finding meaning in life and learning to forgive.
It was hard writing a review about this book. I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it either, in fact, I kinda like it. It is a good book with a lot of quotable quotes and an interesting premise. This has got to be one of my favorite books because it is just so amazing. I recommend it 😀
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Miles Halter is a teenager from Florida who likes to read bibliographies and collect last words of famous people. He decided to go to Alabama to finish last two years of his high school education. Miles chooses Culver Creek Preparatory School. His parents are questioning if he decide to go to preparatory school to meet new people and change his boring life style.
Miles instantly became a friend with his roommate Colonel who gave him a nick name Pudge. The Colonel is clever, proud, and financially poor. He is a born leader. Miles got introduced to Alaska Young. She gave his life a new dimension. Alaska is a beautiful, funny, intelligent, and rebellious. Miles falls for Alaska. She became a center of Miles universe.
This book is made using a before and after counting element to build up a grand climax of events. It is an unusual, but effective way of presenting a story. It is a great read. Many teen topics are addressed here: smoking, alcohol consumption and consequences, meaning of life, friendship, belonging, religion, death and dying, grief, and healing.
The author of Looking for Alaska, John Green, made me think about life and our attitude about it. A topic of depression got brought in with Alaska’s behavior. She gave out many times signs that she is suicidal. Her attitude about dying and her struggle with her mother’s passing away was never addressed in a productive way. Her depression was not taken seriously. Consequences are tragic and unbearable.
Miles's narration is alive with sweet, self-deprecating humor, and his obvious struggle to tell the story truthfully adds to his believability.
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Miles Halter, sedici anni, colto e introverso, comincia a frequentare un'esclusiva prep school dell'Alabama. Qui lega subito con Chip, povero e brillantissimo, ammesso alla scuola grazie a una borsa di studio, e con Alaska Young, divertente, sexy, attraente, avventurosa studentessa di cui tutti sono innamorati. Insieme bevono, fumano, stanno svegli la notte e inventano scherzi brillanti e complicati. Ma Miles non ci mette molto a capire che Alaska è infelice, e quando lei muore schiantandosi in auto vuole sapere perché. È stato davvero un incidente? O Alaska ha cercato la morte?
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Sistema Decimale Melvil (DDC)813.6 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
Then it's AFTER. Nothing will be the same as before. The search for the truth may or may not bring them answers, but it will never bring them what they had before.
I mean, what can I really say about this book? I guess I can say that it's freaking GENIUS!! In so many damn ways. I'm actually starting to think that John Green is like Benjamin Franklin reincarnated because how can someone in today's world be so insightful? Hasn't everything already been thought and said and written about? Apparently not. John Green has ways of making stories that you've probably heard before seem new and fresh... and just completely smart.
Looking for Alaska is not what I thought it was going to be about. I don't want to get all spoilery, but I didn't know it was going to have an event in it like it did. I thought it was just about a boarding school... so I was definitely a little stunned. I got over it.
Miles is a great narrator and I really like reading books told in the male POV. It's like being on the inside of some secret world. Ok maybe not. But it's cool. The Colonel was a cool guy too and I loved the immediateness of their friendship. But Alaska... she was this book. She was so damn hard to figure out... from beginning to end. I didn't ever "get" this girl, but I don't think I was meant to. She is an enigma. She's a troubled girl with an impulsive personality... and no one truly understood her, but they all loved her anyhow. Miles and Alaska were always several layers away from anything. Physically and mentally. They were never on the same page, and I don't really know if Alaska kept it that way purposely or not.
I love boarding school books, they remind me of the dorms. I miss the dorms... wait sharing a bathroom with an entire floor of girls and finding noodles in the sink when I'm trying to wash my hands?? No nevermind... but I miss the idea of the dorms and the closeness I had with everyone there. And of course, the pranks. And this book was full of awesome pranks. You just can't live with that many young people and NOT have pranks.
My favorite part was definitely all the cool smart stuff that I could never come up with: The Great Perhaps, famous last words, the labyrinth of suffering, the crooked neighbors, and all that stuff. Just truly cool stuff.
"Everything that comes together falls apart"
"She taught me everything I know about crawfish and kissing and pink wine and poetry. She made me different."
Overall: Oh please read this book!! If you've ever read anything by John Green and haven't read this one, you need to! It's about more than you would ever think it could be about.
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