Book Review: LOOKING FOR ALASKA

looking for alaskaAuthor: John Green

Number of Pages: 231

Publisher: Speak

Release Date: March 3, 2005

“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.”

– Goodreads.com

This was my third time reading this amazing, brilliant, awesome book, and I feel as though a regular review wouldn’t do it justice. This is one of my most favorite books of all time, for a number of reasons. So without further ado, here is a list of 25 Reasons Why I Absolutely Positively Love Looking For Alaska (In No Particular Order):

  1. Francois Rabelais’ last words
  2. The Old Man (Dr. Hyde) and the class he teaches (World Religion)
  3. The Colonel, who is possibly my favorite character out of all of John Green’s novels
  4. The Smoking Hole
  5. Alaska’s Life Library
  6. How Pudge’s friends are both extremely intelligent and rebellious at the same time
  7. Takumi’s rapping
  8. The basketball games and the Colonel’s streak
  9. How practically every sentence of this novel could be quoted on its own
  10. The clever pranks
  11. The satanic swan
  12. The Colonel’s ambrosia
  13. Bufriedos
  14. Lunch at McInedible’s
  15. It takes place at a boarding school
  16. It’s so much more than just a boarding school story
  17. Lara’s accent
  18. How they call Mr. Starnes “The Eagle”
  19. Alaska’s feminist opinions
  20. The fox hat
  21. The friendship between the Colonel and Pudge
  22. The school/group traditions
  23. The Creek
  24. Pudge’s obsession with last words
  25. The last sentence of this book.

And there are so, so many more! If you haven’t read this book then you really need to!

Yours,

HOLLY

 

 

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