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.
GENRE: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
MY RATING: ★★★★★
The characters are all adorable! I loved how they all have different personalities but they managed to get along well. Miles became my instant favorite. He is a smart and interesting young lad who is out to seek the “Great Perhaps.” However, I had doubts when it came to Colonel. I thought that he won’t get along well with Miles because Colonel has a really strong personality but I am glad that they became friends despite their differences. There are other characters with different personalities like Takumi and Lara and of course Alaska, the crazy, funny and friendly girl who Miles thought he had her all figured out. But he was wrong.
I have a weird reading habit: Before reading a book, I make it a tradition to browse the table of contents. Taking a peek through the ToC to read the chapter titles somehow gives me a glimpse of how the plot will progress. So, reading titles with “Three Days Before,” “The Last Day,” and “The Day After,” I realized that I the book and the characters will definitely experience some kind of a major event. Knowing that John Green has a reputation to keep, I suddenly made a conclusion that “someone will die.”
Looking for Alaska is written in a first-person point of view. Miles Halter narrates the story and I think that he cleverly narrates the story, providing the readers with vivid images of how the story took place.
John Green have a knack for writing books heavily-laden with metaphors. I admit that I didn’t quite grasp the meaning of his metaphors at first but I am glad that he was patient in making me (and the readers) understand the relevance of these metaphors. I also like how he incorporates Miles’ love for last words!