Book: Looking For Alaska
Author: John Green
Genre: Young Adult
Age Recommendation: 15+
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
“That didn’t happen, of course. Things never happened the way I imagined them.”
Looking For Alaska is John Green’s first novel and it was published in 2005. This story follows the character Miles. He is fascinated in people’s last words and tired of his boring, lonely life at home so he packs up and goes to boarding school to seek “a great perhaps”. At the Culver Creek, Miles meets somebody who is going to change his life: Alaska Young. Alaska is witty, intelligent, beautiful and completely screwed-up.
Looking For Alaska is one of my favourite John Green novels next to Paper Towns. Like his other books, it is short enough to read in a couple of days and it is powerful enough to keep you thinking about it for weeks. It is also in first person. The first thing I loved about this book is the layout. The chapters are days “Before” and event and then then the days “After”. This made me really eager to get through the book to find out what happened and I ended up reading it really quickly.
As this is John Green’s first book, if you’ve read any of his others you will notice a difference in the way it’s written but that isn’t a bad thing. It might take a while to get into it but sooner or later I fell in love with the characters. The book is also filled with beautiful quotes that make you smile. Similar to The Fault in Our Stars there is a balance between comedy and tragedy. Sometimes you will be laughing out loud but I can’t lie to you, there’s a pretty great chance of tears. So, if you’ve read any of John Green’s books and are considering reading more, this is definitely worth a read!!!
Film Adaption: John Green confirmed this year that Looking For Alaska will be adapted into a movie. I assume this will happen after the release of Paper Towns.