My Thoughts: Looking for Alaska (John Green)
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. Then 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.
John Green is a literary genius and this book a product of his exceptional mind. This is one of those books that hooked me in the first chapter. I absolutely LOVED it. This book is not to be passed up. It won an award for a reason (and I don't usually hold stock in those types of things).
This book is so funny! It contains so much laughter and humor, which is a big turn on for me when it comes to books. If you can make me laugh, you'll probably hook me in. I read this book at work on my breaks and actually had to stifle my laughter so the people near me wouldn't look at me like I was crazy. There's one particular part involving a certain sexual act that had me CRACKING UP.
While there is a lot of humor, there's also some serious stuff in this book. Stuff that's real and raw and honest and dark. The realism in the writing makes the story come to life.
The quirks and dialogue and relationships John gives his characters make them unique and interesting and easy to love. The writing is on-point and intelligent. The story itself was never dull. This book is amazing and one of my favorite reads of 2012. Everyone should read it!
"....if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane."
"It is worth it to leave behind my minor life for grander maybes."
Bottom Line: John Green lives up to they hype. As did this book. 5/5