Looking for Alaska by John Green

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Rating: [4/5]

Summary: Looking for Alaska follows the story of Miles “Pudge” Halter as he attends Culver Creek boarding school. When he arrives, he’s only looking for one thing: possibility. The Great Perhaps. He soon befriends a group of people who throw him headfirst into life at Culver Creek. One of these people is Alaska, a beautiful, smart, mysterious, and self-destructive girl. She captures his heart completely. Then, one night, a terrible tragedy occurs, and Miles is left without a Great Perhaps. All he has left is the mystery of Alaska Young.

Likes: I really enjoyed Looking for Alaska. It deals with a lot of the same themes as Paper Towns. It primarily discusses the concept of loving a fantasy, rather than a whole, flawed person. I really enjoyed the characters in Looking for Alaska. They were quirky while still being realistic. And John Green’s writing was fabulous, as always.

Dislikes: The only complaint I might have is that the plot was a little slow at times. But that’s only if I’m being really nitpicky.

TL;DR: Overall, I would recommend Looking for Alaska. It’s a very well-written, thought-provoking book. However, there are some sexual scenes, as well as language and underage drinking and smoking, if you’re bothered by that sort of thing.

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