Guest Blogger: Christina, Grade 10
Setting(Time): Present Time
Setting (Place): Culver Creek, Alabama
What would you rate this book: 5 out of 5 Stars
I rated the novel as 5 stars because the book spoke to me in ways many novels cannot. The novel shows truths that is not found in other novels, and seems as if John Green has experienced the events presented in the novel. Where most other novels that deal with death are unrealistic, “Looking For Alaska” was the most truthful recount of death I have ever read.
Miles Halter, a last - words fanatic, enters into the prestigious school Culver Creek. Once there he meets Chip Martin and Alaska Young whom he becomes close friends with. On his journey to find his “Great Perhaps”, Miles falls in love, experiences death, and learns what it means to truly be reckless and have fun through pranks and other misdemeanors.
“So do you really memorize last words?”
She ran up beside me and grabbed my shoulder and pushed me back onto the porch swing.
“Yeah,” I said. And then hesitantly, I added, “You want to quiz me?”
“JFK,” she said.
“That’s obvious,” I answered.
“Oh, is it now?” she asked.
“No. Those were his last words. Someone said, ‘Mr. President, you can’t say Dallas doesn’t love you,’ and then he said, ‘That’s obvious,’ and then he got shot.” (...)
The book is mostly directed towards young adults, however I strongly believe that the novel can be related by someone of any age. “Looking For Alaska” is a must read because there are few books written in a male point of view that talks about love and loss. Being able to connect to the new generation is an important skill for people of any age, and this book allows everybody to do this. The novel is well written, and is one of the best young adult novels I have ever read.
Want to make a recommendation?
* Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Young Adult Booklists
* New York Times Books Section (links to their Best Seller Lists)
* YALSA Book Awards & Booklists
* YALSA's Teens' Top Ten