Book Reviews

Book Review: Looking for Alaska

…by John Green.

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Miles ‘Pudge’ Halter is ready to make a change and move from Florida to Culver Creek Boarding School in Alabama in search of the Great Perhaps. Here he befriends Chip a.k.a. the Colonel (his roommate),  Takumi and Alaska Young. Miles is enamoured by Alaska just like most people. She is gorgeous, intelligent and funny while at the same time extremely moody, impulsive, self-destructive and completely screwed up. Pudge has a love for people’s last words while the Colonel is a genius and Alaska loves books.  Together, the four of them share a dislike for the day students and prepare a prank they hope will avenge a prank on them. But all their fun and games are Before. Before the moment. That will change all their lives forever. After the moment is a journey of coming of age for the protagonist Pudge and his friends. They have to learn lessons in life, love, and forgiveness and an answer to the biggest question of all: “How will we ever get out of this labyrinth of suffering?”

I absolutely loved this book. The Moment had me in tears and I wept long after. The characters are all brilliantly created and feel extremely real. They may just be teenagers but as an adult, I could completely relate to their trials and tribulations. The manner in which they have to deal with what life throws at them…the struggles…the journey itself — it is fascinating. You feel their sorrow, their pain and at the same time laugh with them at their jokes and feel a sense of satisfaction at their successes. There are some intriguing questions posed through the book and some brilliant quotes that I just had to bookmark for future reference. I will share a couple here:

“You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.”  

— {Alaska Young, page 54}

“People, I thought, wanted security.They couldn’t bear the idea of death being a big black nothing, couldn’t bear the thought of their loved ones not existing, and couldn’t even imagine themselves not existing. I finally decided that people believed in an afterlife because they couldn’t bear not to.”

— {Miles ‘Pudge’ Halter, page 100}

So there you go. John Green certainly knows how to have his readers hooked. Just like he did with The Fault in our Stars.

My rating:

Where to buy the book:

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Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • ME-er
    22 January 2014 at 8:05 pm

    This book is going on my to-read list. The fault in our stars is already on it. πŸ™‚

    Loved your blog.. πŸ™‚ Especially the lists(35 by 35, blogs you stalk, read and reviewed).. I love lists.. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • Psych Babbler
      22 January 2014 at 8:38 pm

      Welcome here Me-er! If you like even one of these books, I’m sure you’ll like the other! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the comment about the blog…I do like lists! Especially crossing things off them! πŸ˜›

  • ME-er
    22 January 2014 at 8:05 pm

    This book is going on my to-read list. The fault in our stars is already on it. πŸ™‚

    Loved your blog.. πŸ™‚ Especially the lists(35 by 35, blogs you stalk, read and reviewed).. I love lists.. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • Psych Babbler
      22 January 2014 at 8:38 pm

      Welcome here Me-er! If you like even one of these books, I’m sure you’ll like the other! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the comment about the blog…I do like lists! Especially crossing things off them! πŸ˜›

  • Mi
    22 January 2014 at 10:09 pm

    ” I finally decided that people believed in an afterlife because they couldn’t bear not to”… that’s where you got me!

    this book goes on my list! thanks for the review! πŸ™‚
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  • Mi
    22 January 2014 at 10:09 pm

    ” I finally decided that people believed in an afterlife because they couldn’t bear not to”… that’s where you got me!

    this book goes on my list! thanks for the review! πŸ™‚
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  • E.
    23 January 2014 at 11:30 am

    Boy Child has read both Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars on the recommendation of his female friends. He has no idea what the girls see in the books. Not sure if that’s because he is a male, an Aspie or just the books are not his scene. It’s interesting to see that adults enjoy them as well. Maybe I should borrow them as well. I do like happily ever afters so perhaps John Green’s stuff is not for me.
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  • E.
    23 January 2014 at 11:30 am

    Boy Child has read both Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars on the recommendation of his female friends. He has no idea what the girls see in the books. Not sure if that’s because he is a male, an Aspie or just the books are not his scene. It’s interesting to see that adults enjoy them as well. Maybe I should borrow them as well. I do like happily ever afters so perhaps John Green’s stuff is not for me.
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  • Avada Kedavra
    28 January 2014 at 5:29 am

    I loved loved loved the book. I finished all the books by John Green in one go. He is one of my favourites now πŸ™‚

  • Avada Kedavra
    28 January 2014 at 5:29 am

    I loved loved loved the book. I finished all the books by John Green in one go. He is one of my favourites now πŸ™‚

  • Vivienne
    2 February 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Your review has piqued my curiosity. I’m definitely getting this book from the library during my next visit! I am yet to acquaint myself with John Green’s books; this one sounds like a good place to start.

  • Vivienne
    2 February 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Your review has piqued my curiosity. I’m definitely getting this book from the library during my next visit! I am yet to acquaint myself with John Green’s books; this one sounds like a good place to start.

  • Jerome Ibuyan
    25 February 2014 at 4:35 pm

    I also enjoyed reading The Fault In Our Stars. No wonder it will be a movie this year. I think LFA is a bit more clever and naughty and clearly represented the point of view of the teenagers of today. John Green rules!
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  • Jerome Ibuyan
    25 February 2014 at 4:35 pm

    I also enjoyed reading The Fault In Our Stars. No wonder it will be a movie this year. I think LFA is a bit more clever and naughty and clearly represented the point of view of the teenagers of today. John Green rules!
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