Looking For Alaska
by John Greene
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 (François 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. After. And nothing is ever the same.
I love surfing the blogosphere for great books that could be potential reads, and when i heard about this book i decioded to give it a try. If you can believe it, Looking for Alaska is one of the first books i've read from a guy's point of view in a long time and i was really skeptical about it. Once i got started reading it though, it really blew my mind. Looking for Alaska is beautifully written and it's fun to hear about all those famous people's last words- but the best part by far is Mile or Pudge as his friends like to call him. He's so gawky and weird and unexperienced that you couldn't help but root him and Alaska on. There's maybe one problem with this book- the before and the after. Yes i have a tendency to peek at the end of the book or flip through the pages a little and when i did with this book i was shocked and saddened. I'm not going to say what happens because of course i want you to read it but that was certaintly a bummer. I love Alaska Young, she actually reminds me a little of myself if you can believe it. She's so carefree and adventurous that you can't help but love her strange and crazy ways. A must read!
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