Book Review

LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green

Rating: 4 / 5

I spotted this one for a good deal at one of my local used bookstores. Remember those good ol’ days browsing bookstore shelves for something to catch your eye? I know it is one that quite a few people have said they enjoyed so was glad to have the chance to fit it into my TBR.

LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green follows Miles Halter, quickly dubbed an ironic “Pudge” at his new boarding school. Miles is obsessed with famous last words and determined to go out and find  “the Great Perhaps”, something to give his life meaning and purpose. Miles is immediately drawn to Alaska, the quirky and dark young woman living down the hall. She and their other friends push Miles out of his comfort zone. The first half of the novel is written in the ‘before’ counting down to some unknown event, the final portion handles the aftermath in the ‘after’.

It is hard to say a lot about this novel or even the trigger warnings without getting deep into spoiler territory. I did find this a compelling read. It was easy to connect with the characters and I really enjoyed John Green’s writing. Though I wasn’t entirely shocked by the big event when it hit, writing using the count down to the event really was a great way to focus the book and build suspense.

I’m curious to check out the Netflix adaptation next time I have an account, though I haven’t heard much about it. This is a book I would recommend if you haven’t had a chance to check it out!

Reading Challenges:

#PopsugarReadingChallenge – a book written by an author in their 20’s

#NerdReading2020 – a male author

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