Saturday, October 04, 2014

Looking for AlaskaLooking for Alaska by John Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Genre: YA Contemporary

I think everyone has wanted to escape or reinvent their teenage life some time or another and that is exactly what Miles Halter, a.k.a Pudge, is hoping will happen when he starts a new school, Culver Creek Boarding School. Pudge has never been popular and his whole public school experience has been dull and lifeless, Pudge wants more. Quote: {"So this guy", I said, standing in the doorway of the living room. "Francois Rebelais. He was this poet. And his last words were "I go to seek a Great Perhaps." That's why I'm going. So I don't have to wait until I die to start seeking a Great Perhaps."} -Pg. 5 Pudge is obssessed with people's last words. Which makes him quirky and a little nerdy but it comes off in a cute way. Pudge is the kind of person that you stay friends with forever as he says witty things throughout your life that relates perfectly to what it is that is going on in your life at the moment. Pudge's new roomate, Chip, a.k.a. the Colonel, is an extremely smart yet mischevious individual who instantly includes Pudge into his circle of friends. Without Chip I don't think Pudge would have survived boarding school. Like any school you have the other kids and then the rich kids. And more so at Culver Creek because each group, the Weekend Warriors, who are the rich kids, and then just the regular boarders, who includes the Colonel and Pudge and of course Alaska, have a huge prank feud going on against each other and the school. Flooding each others rooms and replacing shampoo and hair gel with blue hair dye. Nothing to harmful but still a pain. Pranks are played, wine coolers are consumed, there is some making out, some mistakes are made. But for the most part Pudge's experience is just your typical boarding school experience. That is until Alaska dies. Consumed with guilt Colonel and Pudge struggle to find whether Alaska committed suicide or whether it was just an accident. Full of teenage experiences and the range of emotions that encompass them Looking for Alaska is full of "The Great Perhaps" Wonderfully written John Green composes the teenage experience like none other!

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