Author- John Green.
Publish date- 2006.
Publisher- Speak (US) AU-?
Synopsis from Goodreads-
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.
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.
"You can't just make me different and then leave."
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.
"If only we could see the endless strong of consequences that result from our smallest action."
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.
"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."
I don't think you could go too wrong if you just bought the John Green boxed set and were done with it.