Monday, August 11, 2014
Book Review: Looking for Alaska
Author: John Green
Synopsis (via 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. 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.
Review: This book should really be titled Sex & Booze because a majority of what I read revolved around those two subjects. I'd rather not read about some teenage kid watching porn and experiencing his first blowjob, thank you very much.
After reading TFiOS I had such high expectations with John Green, but he really can't write a book without killing a main character, can he? I never had the chance to connect with any of the characters in Looking for Alaska; just one of the major disappointments in this novel for me. Miles was a scrawny teenage boy who was addicted to famous last words (the one thing I thought was quite cool in this story), but didn't have many friends, if any, before attending boarding school. His roommate, Colonel, basically introduces him to the world whether it involved smoking, drinking, or pulling pranks. Okay, the pranks in the story were pretty awesome too since they were done spy-style. But Alaska? She had problems (which I suppose is the whole premise of the book). Instead of coming off as a girl with a troubled past, to me she was a spaz. Happy one minute, sad the next. Flirting with her actual boyfriend, making out with Miles. She was the definition of a hot mess, and an annoying one at that.
I'm at a loss for words and if you can't tell, Looking for Alaska wasn't my cup of tea.