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!