Looking for Alaska by John Green (Review)



I, being a nerdfighter, needed to read this and support John Green. I also really wanted to read this book. I like that it’s a stand alone novel, and not a trilogy, as is everything else these days. Its about a boy called Miles who goes to boarding school and meets new friends. It got 4.24 stars on goodreads. I really liked “the Fault in Our Stars” so I decided that I would have to read this. I would give it a 4 stars in total.

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

Soooooo…. Looking for Alaska. I liked this book. It was a nice, short, yet very emotional read. Its starts out with Miles “Pudge” Halter, which his last name “Halter” reminded me of the the tack you use for horses, and that just made me love the book even more. Anyway, so at the beginning, his mother throws him a goodbye party, and when she puts so much effort into making the party i really felt bad for her when nobody showed up. Miles just shrugged it off, but I would have apologized to my mother at least 100 times. Its so sad that she went to all this trouble for nothing. At least the guacamole didn’t get wasted since the mom, dad, and Miles at it.  And then Miles moves to Culver Creek, and honestly, when he describes how he immagined boarding school would be, it was actually exactly how i imagined any boarding school would be. But i know better, my brother goes to boarding school, and his room is so small and not how I expected it to be. Also Miles’s description of his dorm room reminded me of some kind of mental asylum room because of the linoleum floors and the green and white colors. We meet Chip/The Colonel, and at the beginning I thought he was just going to be some mean guy that Pudge had to put up with, but as it turns out, hes actually a pretty cool guy. I love Alaska’s name. Just saying, I mean, I would make that my name too, if it would be possible and original, and I would make people call me that, or my nickname could be Alli, but thats besides the point. The point is the book, and I’m getting off topic. So When I heard Alaska talking to The Colonel about her experience during the summer, and how she was going to tell him and Takumi, I realized, that I used to have a friend in kindergarten called Takumi, He was from Japan. Omigod, this book is getting me so distracted! It needs to stop. Anyway, I liked Alaska, simply because she liked books and was a very thoughtful, loyal, and she was beautiful. I could see why Miles liked her. Can we just talk about how normal everything in this book is. There are normal kids, and mostly normal situations, so for this review, i can only really talk about things that surprised me. It’s good that it was normal, absurdly surreal book situations sometimes can become overwhelming. At first I didn’t just really realize what “Before” and “After” meant. I thought that it would mean that: before he met Alaska, but then he met Alaska and it was still before, and then i thought it was maybe before and after he “hooked up” with Alaska, but then that didn’t happen. The part that killed me was when it was the night before and Alaska went into the car and Pudge said “We didn’t try to stop her, we didn’t want to go with her, we didnt say it could wait till morning” and that really gave it away. I really didnt want to believe she was dead when it was finally announced. I thought, like Pudge, that maybe it was the prank, but then that hope quickly faded away when i realized that it couldnt be because of the “Before” and “after”. I was so sad at the assembly when the Colonel was screaming/crying “I’m so sorry!” It broke my heart. And was it just me, or was that scene between Lara and Pudge really awkward?

Overall I really liked the book, it was simple, original, and emotional. Everything I want in a book. I hope you guys enjoyed it too. Comment the parts you liked about it, and how you reacted to the parts I mentioned.

TIll next time!


The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead (Review) Bloodlines #3

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Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets–and human lives.” 
In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch–a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood–or else she might be next.

So… Guys… As you can assume, the Indigo Spell was a bust. For only one reason. Dimitri not being there. It shouldn’t have bugged me but it did. But other than that it was pretty awesome. Especially the beginning. I LOVED the beginning. First with Ms. Terwilliger being all “are you a virgin?” and making Sydney doing this weird spell. I was kind of bummed that this book was mostly about Sydney and her magic. Because there could have been a plot line that was more interesting. I also didn’t like Marcus too much but I’ll get to that later. So as soon as Sydney mentions a Moroi wedding my first thought was (obviously) DIMITRI! So being the horrible reader I am, I started reading more quickly and paying less detail to what was going on. The one part that slowed me down was when Sydney was at the airport checking in, and the lady was all like “oh no I’m sorry but you gave your seat to that wonderful family over there” and Sydney was like “No I didn’t” For some reason I think it was Adrian who compelled the lady to change her flight and put her next to him. I’m GUESSING ;). So anyway Sydney gets on the airplane and is so shocked when Adrian is her seat buddy. Don’t be so naive Sydney. You know it wasn’t just an accident. And anyway, they start talking and its just so hilarious when Adrian started saying stuff about “I’ll love you from afar” and she’s just like “What?! No! You cant love me at all!” And he’s just like “Sure I can”. Its the great debate between Adrian and Sydney: Who will love whom, and will they love them back?

Anyway, after the airplane flight we meet Stanton and Ian again. And this is the part I merely browsed through because I needed to get to the part where Dimitri was. So I get there and it was the biggest let down EVA! Because he only has one line! ONE STUPID LINE!!!!!!! I mean don’t get me wrong i love Rose and all that but Dimitri trumps Rose anytime, anywhere. So after that brief conversation with Dimitri was over I had to go and reread what I had missed. And nothing was that important really. And how old is Ian anyway. Isn’t he too old to be hitting on Sydney. Like 30 or something. Anyway. We go to the reception and this is where it gets interesting. Adrian goes up to Sydney and asks her to dance. Might I add: In FRONT of Stanton and Ian. And Ian’s first reaction was “OF COURSE SHE CANT!” Even though Sydney was secretly happy that he did. She just didn’t know it yet. Anyway. So after Sydney returns form Adrian’s forbidden dance, she comes to an outraged Ian and Stanton. Who are thanking her for making this sacrifice even though she enjoyed it secretly.  i also kept forgetting that it was Sonya and Mikhail getting married. I kept thinking it was either Rose and Dimitri or Lissa and Christian, which trust me would make for much better wedding. I was quite upset when Sydney went back to… Palm… Springs… yeah Palm Springs, and Adrian was missing from the book for like 100 pages. Okay that’s a bit exaggerating  but, it seemed like 100 pages. It was too long. During these pages we find out about Ms. Terwilligers crazy sister. Who sucks the souls out of innocent witch girls  so she can stay young. Talk about creepy. And Ms. Terwilliger gives Sydney an amulet that should protect her from Veronica… or Viktoria… no… no… it was Veronica. So half of this book is about Veronica and half of it is about finding and working with Marcus Finch. The best parts of the book were probably the parts where Sydney and Adrian went together to ind the girls that were possible victims to Veronica’s evil plans. The fraternity party was possible the third of second best part of the whole book. The first best was obviously when we say Dimitri, and the second or third best one, the scene that was tied with the fraternity party was the one where they are looking for the Veronica in the little hotel and they went to look at the Bunny Room. Golden. But I didn’t really like the whole theme of this book I liked it because of the characters. And Marcus Finch was the most annoying little pushover bossy little thing that i ever did meet. Sure he might have been good looking, but that was where his redeeming qualities ended. He was tryiung to take Sydney away from Adrian. Even though he had his weird friend who waited on him hand and foot. Not to mention, she was also REALLY ANNOYING! I knew that Sydney wasn’t going to go to Mexico. She loved Adrian way to much for that. ANYWHOO. The best way to end the book was definitely  far the best ending EVER!!! Not only did Adrian and Sydney finally confess their undying love for each other, but ZOE shoed up! BIGGEST PLOT TWIST SINCE CLARY AND JACE THOUGHT THEY WERE BROTHER AND SISTER (City of Bones reference). Now, i predict that Zoe is gonna see something she’s not supposed to see in the next book. If you know what i mean. She’s gonna see Adrian and Sydney together and she’s gonna squeal to the Alchemists and Sydney’s gonna go to the re-education center!!! NOOOOO!!!