Looking For Alaska – Review

99561I found Alaska when I was on vacation in Colorado, Looking for Alaska that is. One of my favorite memories from our trip was running around Belmar Park in Lakewood, Colorado. It felt so wonderful outside and I had such a euphoric feeling and burst of energy, so I decided to run around the perimeter of the park. As I made my way back to my car to wait for my family to catch up, I spotted a Little Free Library. It was the first of these libraries I have come across, despite seeing photos of them all over social media. I took a peek inside but didn’t find anything that piqued my interest. I decided to purchase a used book and return back the next day. I headed to my favorite used bookstore, Black and Read, in Arvada for a copy of Outlander to start someone’s journey back through time! When I looked inside the next day, the Little Free Library was practically overflowing and I happened to find my copy of Looking For Alaska inside! I was actually searching for this particular book while I was in Black in Read because I wanted to read it. It was a bit of bookish fate!

John Green is a born writer. He creates some of the most emotionally compelling stories I’ve read. All of his stories help me experience a similar feeling of nostalgia, making me feel connected to his characters.

Miles “Pudge” Halter is headed to Alabama to “Seek a Great Perhaps” at his new boarding school, leaving the safe and simple life he’s always known behind. Upon his arrival, he’s immediately submerged into a life he hasn’t experienced before, thanks to his roommate the “Colonel” and his friend down the hall, the alluring and self-destructive Alaska Young. Simply knowing Alaska is an adventure, and Pudge is in for an even Greater Perhaps than he can possibly imagine.

“If only we could see the endless string of consequences that result from our smallest actions. But we can’t know better until knowing better is useless.”

Looking for Alaska has the similar classic feel of Dead Poets Society and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The story felt realistic and took me back to how I felt at the same age as the characters. The characters were believable and felt as if they were real people I knew by the end of the story. I was pulled into their friendships and became attached to each one. However, because of the male narration through Pudge, I didn’t feel quite as connected to the story as I would have liked to be. The book felt a little slow in places because of the day to day activities of the characters as well. The second half of the story was much more exciting from my perspective, but overall I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Still, I decided to round up and give this book 4 stars because of the emotional realism within the pages. It was a good read and I’m glad I picked it up, but not a favorite. Thank you to the random book lover who added Looking for Alaska to the Little Free Library.

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