Author: John Green
Published: March 2005
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: Young-Adult Fiction
Looking For Alaska is a young-adult novel, written by John Green. The story is about a high-school boy named Miles Halter. As the blurb on the back of the book explains, Miles is an average and nerdy guy (who’s obsessed with famous people’s last words) and who hasn’t experienced major events in his life until he attends a boarding school in Alabama to seek his “greater perhaps”. There, he meets the gorgeous, funny, crazy and clever Alaska Young, who drags Miles into her world and completely re-writes his story. Miles’s life takes a massive turn after that.
For me, Looking For Alaska was a memorable read and not many books can deliver an exciting and connectable element that keeps you hanging on without any cliff-hangers in the end. With the use of simple plot and settings, this is one of John Green’s best work so far. The story was dead interesting and I couldn’t put the book down for even a minute (no kidding). The book represents the thoughts of people at a young age; when teenagers are free-spirited but simultaneously emotionally concealed and vulnerable. I could definitely connect with the characters myself. Overall, the book is amazing with its characters, plot, emotions and a few unexpected turns on the way. The book has won several awards, including the Michael L. Printz Award and Top 10 Best Book for Young Adults in 2006.
I give this book four stars because I thought the book was worth it. But, I do think this book depends on personal preference as well. You may not like this book if you’re not a YA, or if you don’t like drama. Comparing this book with TFIOS, this one has more “adolescently behaviour” to it that are full of mischief, regrets, etc.