Author- John Green.
Publish date- 2006.
Publisher- Speak (US) AU-?
What I thought:
Looking For Alaska was the second John Green novel I ever read- I had tried to read it once before but have a nack of being able to open a book I'm not 100% sure about and find the scene that will most put me off. I didn't know hardly anything about this book and I opened it on the "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia" scene. What was I to think? So I didn't try it again until this year, when I had become a firm fan of John Green's writing and awesomeness and read my first novel by him- the gloriousness that is The Fault in our Stars.
If I am judging the rest of his work off the general sadness and overall feeling of heartbreak that TFiOS and LFA have left me with, I am heading for a very wonderful, completely quoteworthy and heartbreaking/shattering/sobworthy few books, aren't I? I honestly don't doubt it.
There are quite a few things I disliked about LFA- there was an amount of swearing that I didn't like, certain things that the characters did/the ways they did them were things I didn't agree with, but overall I think that is part of the reason why I love it so- it's a book about righting wrongs, of youth and recklessness and it's beautiful. It is a novel I want to study, to circle my favourite quotes in and read over and over, a novel I want to share with people in my future, to give to people growing up. Because I'm so glad I read this now, at the age I am. If I had read it when I was 20 or 30 or 40 or 50 (60 I would have been fine with...) I would have felt so much regret that I didn't read it as a teenager.
There's a lot of hilarity to this book- scenes and dialouge and words that are interesting and amusing and it is one I love for all the reasons in this review, and fifty or so more. It's a book that feels real. It feels like life (not saying it feels like a lifering when one has fallen off a boat, but saying it feels like it is true. And it is, really.)
And it's oh, oh so quoteworthy.
I don't think you could go too wrong if you just bought the John Green boxed set and were done with it.