Book Review: Looking for Alaska by John Green

Published: 31/05/2012 by Harper Collins
273 pages
Format: Kindle

First drink, first prank, first friend, first girl, last words… A poignant and moving crossover novel about making friends and growing up from American author, John Green.

Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words – and tired of his safe, boring and rather lonely life at home. He leaves for boarding school filled with cautious optimism, 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.


17408133For 15. Reading challenge of this year I’ve picked the book by John Green, Looking for Alaska as a book that was banned. I wasn’t aware that this book was banned in some states, only found out when choosing what to read. I’m so glad I did. John Green’s books were on my list for a long time but until now I haven’t picked one up.

Beautiful story of friendship and how we grow and change around friends, how they help to form who we are and who we become. How every step and every thing we do, will affect our future.

Miles is living his boring life. His only friends are his parents and although they love him endlessly, it can’t be enough for growing boy who needs to share his thoughts and his experiences with someone of his own age. Miles heads to boarding school and hopes it will change his life in some way.

He gets pulled into group of friends that are famous for their pranks and maybe being little bit on the wild side. Nothing too unusual for kids in their age though, a bit of drinking, smoking, late night meetings and mischief. One of them, Alaska, is different and mysterious, moody but steals Miles’s full attention and heart. She also is a glue that somehow holds all this group together. Everyone loves Alaska.

The whole book is this incredible journey of Miles’s self discovery and growing into his own skin but growing within his group of friends as well. Finding his place by just being who he is for the first time and being part of the friendship that will probably last forever.

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