Looking for Alaska by John Green

“The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.”

Summary

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy 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. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .
After. Nothing is ever the same.

Personal Experiences

This concludes my book adventure for the John Green books, as this is the last book on my list for John Green books, and the first book John published. Ironic. I loved it. As usual, John blows me away with his words, ideas, and plot. I. Loved. It. As this was John’s first book, I imagine he relied heavily on prior knowledge. This book has a main character who loves last words. Then someone close to him dies, and he will never find out what their last word were. It is so sad, and so happy. It touched me. So deep. It is a love story of sorts, but [***] The Fault in Our Stars [***] outranks it in the romance genre.
If you were to ask me what my favorite Green book is, I would have no answer. I would tell you that there is no such question. Each book has a different moral with new characters, and a weird interesting cool sense of humor. I recommend this book to everyone who is out of elementary school. #JohnGreen #AlwaysReading

News

I have been working on a book trailer for this book, so look for it in the near future

Quotes

“When adults say, “Teenagers think they are invincible” with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don’t know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail.”


“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.”


“So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.”


“Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia. (…) 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.”


Where to read Looking for Alaska 

Indie Bound*

PDF**

*If you are unaware, I have a video on how to use Indie Bound as a resource on how to find books

**Also, if you have a Windows Phone, there is a really good EPUB reader app called Bookviser Reader. You can check out their website here.

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Happy Reading . . .

Cite this article as: Serene Haroon, "Looking for Alaska by John Green," in {sereneharoon.com}, June 7, 2017, http://sereneharoon.com/2017/06/looking-for-alaska-by-john-green/.

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