Title: Looking for Alaska
Author: John Green
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Teen Fiction
Date Published: March 3, 2005 (first published)
December 28, 2006
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
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.
“Alaska Young is Miles Halter’s Great Perhaps”
Here’s the thing, when I was in 8th grade I was obsessed with fantasy and adventure novels, particularly Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Those were the novels I love back then and it was greatly influenced by my seatmate (who I fangirl with). I wasn’t into ‘contemporary teen fiction’ novels yet. During free period, I decided to do my homework early while she read a novel named “Looking for Alaska”, the title itself was interesting and I had a feeling that it was one of those novels who has a profound meaning or symbolism lying underneath. It kind of confirmed my theory when I saw my seatmate crying. I was baffled, one minute she was just quietly reading and the next she’s crying her eyes out as she continues reading the novel. I asked her what’s wrong, she looked up and smiled, her red puffy eyes staring at me and then replied, “Nothing, it’s this book. It’s sad and beautiful”
I was ecstatic about this book, I was expecting it to be a life changing, philosophical novel and it didn’t fail me, from Dr. Hyde’s lessons to Alaska’s wise words and to their epic prank adventures. If I have read this book during my high school days, I think my whole high school experience would’ve been a little different; more fun and exciting even.