Wednesday, December 30, 2015

"If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane"

Looking For Alaska

It is becoming somewhat of a yearly tradition that I wrap up the year with a John Green book. Last December I read Paper Towns in anticipation of the movie, which I still have to watch!, and earlier this year I decided that Looking For Alaska (2005) would by this year's reread. Looking For Alaska is Green's first book. It won the Michael L. Printz Award in 2006, but didn't break into the New York Times best seller list until 2012, more than seven years after it was released. I have to admit that I was keenly unaware of John Green's genius, too, until I discovered Tumblr a couple of years ago and simply couldn't circumvent the plenty quotes of and religious adoration for the 38-year-old Nerdfather out of Indiana. Looking For Alaska is by No. 2 favorite book by him, after TFiOS.

The skinny

Fond of reading biographies and memorizing famous last words, Miles Halter has led a pretty unspectacular life. That all changes when he decides to attend Culver Creek High School for his junior year. After meeting en befriending his roommate Chip "The Colonel" Martin, he is introduced to aspiring emcee Takumi Hikohito and the gorgeous/clever/funny/sexy/screwed-up/utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who pulls Miles into her world and steals his heart, but unfortunately has a boyfriend. As Miles and his new friends pull a series of pranks to intimidate the Weekday Warriors, rich kids who go home to their parents every weekend, and later celebrates by by drinking and partying at the old barn by the school, Alaska talks about her mother's death. 

The review

Still love it. Sure, Looking For Alaska is aimed at a teen audience, but John Green knows like no other how to kick a hole straight through your guts. I dare you to put down this book.

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