Saturday, June 19, 2010
Looking For Alaska is my all time favorite book, and I can't tell you how many times I've read it. Anything by John Green (DFTBA!) is amazing, and Looking For Alaska is his best in my opinion.
The plot is different than the average 'boy meets girl, boy likes girl' that you see in most YA books, the characters are quirky and lovable, and the writing itself is absolutely phenomenal.
The book is about a 16 year old boy named Miles (who has never had much of a social life) that packs his things and goes to boarding school. When he gets there, he meets a group of people who change his life, including the reckless and self destructive Alaska Young who he instantly falls in love with. However, he learns that there is so much more to her then what most people see. He then goes on a personal journey in which he is introduced to cheap pink wine, cigarettes, pranks, true friends, and foreign literature. The book is separated into two main segments, which are 'before' and 'after'. You'll have to read the book in order to figure out exactly what is before and after.
The book is filled with classic lit references and quotes from poems and a fictional general based on Simón Bolívar. The plot takes twists and turns that makes you feel like you just got off of a roller coaster once you're done. And no matter what, you will cry in this book.
I give it a 10 out of 10 easily. I recommend this for anybody who reads! It is also suppose to become a movie in the year 2013.
Note: John Green is one half of the vlog brothers, whom you can find on youtube.
Posted by Katie at 3:44 PM