[Review] Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alaska
Author: John Green
Publisher: Speak
Publication Date: December 28th, 2006 (Paperback)
Pages: 231 (Paperback)
Genre: YA – Contemporary

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. Then he heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.

Why yes. I was left speechless by the end of this book. This book. Oh, guys, Looking for Alaska is the kind of book with simple concept. But if you add an abundant amount of emotion and sincere writing, well… The result is pretty much this incredible!! <3

Looking for Alaska is divided into two parts, Before and After. To be honest Before wasn’t that captivating. Before is basically about Miles a.k.a. Pudge adapting and making friends in his new boarding school. Up until around one hundred pages, I still couldn’t see where the plot was heading to. But, I definitely could enjoy John Green’s writing style. I mean, it’s not the kind of writing you could ever get tired of. 🙂

However, After was totally compelling and even though I wasn’t surprised with the plot twists, I found this enjoyable. Mainly because there was so many emotions I felt and the characters – I cannot write this review without mentioning them! The characters developed fantastically and I loved the dynamic between Pudge and Chip and Takumi. They gradually (sorta drastically because of THAT event) change as the story progresses. Shortly, characters in this book are so realistic and I’m quite sure I’ll still remember them in the future. Magnificent!! I cried at the end of the book; I was trying hard not to sob…

Looking for Alaska was such an insightful book about love, friendship, death and letting go. I recommend this to anyone who like a believable contemporary. 

When adults say, “Teenagers think they are invincible” with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don’t know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail.”

Thomas Edison’s last words were: “It’s very beautiful over there.” I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.


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  1. Great review! SO many people have written reviews raving about this book so it’s making me want to read it! The plot doesn’t particularly draw me in but if the writing style is as amazing as you say it is then I really ought to give it a go! 😀

    Thanks for sharing your review! 🙂


    1. What makes this book so special is the character development and writing! You should read this, Rachel!


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