Looking for Alaska; John Green

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I read ‘The Fault in our Stars’ quite some time ago now, and I’ve been meaning to pick up some more of John Green’s work since.  I finally picked up Looking for Alaska on a whim and decided to get stuck straight in.

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. 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.

After. Nothing is ever the same.

When I picked up this book, I decided not to chaco the blurb, or read up on it on Goodreads, I just wanted to go in blind. And I am really happy with this decision.

I really enjoyed this book and finished it in just two sittings, even though it’s not really a long book, it felt like I flew right through it.  I loved Miles’ story.  He is just a no body who deciders that instead of waiting for life to happen, we wants to go out there and do something about it.  He takes himself completely out of his comfort zone and slowly works through his insecurities.  In the beginning of the book, he talks about his ‘skinny’ frame and shows how conscious of his body he is.  However, as we get further through the book, we don’t hear about it and it would seem that it’s though him making real friends and becoming more comfortable with both them and himself.

I loved the writing style used within this story.  Throughout the book, there are no chapters, but instead there are headings that are counting down to an event.  I love the shock factor that I had from not reading about the book before I read it, But I think the count down added to this as well, as I knew something big would happen, without knowing what it was.

After reading this, I can’t wait to read more of John Green’s work and I think I may do the same thing with them, and go into them completely blind.

I rate this book four out of five stars.

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Those were just my bookish thoughts, but I would love to hear yours in the comments below.

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