It’s no secret that I enjoy the writing style and personality of John Green. (I mean, hello, The Fault In Our Stars? Vlog Brothers? Completely AMAZING.)
So when I was looking for book options for our honeymoon, I sorted through his catalog of work and selected Looking for Alaska.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.
I would love to say that I adored this book, but I didn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it. However, after the Fault In Our Stars, I feel like it was a little lackluster. It had all the qualities that I believe a Young Adult novel should have: angst, awkwardness, peer pressure, the need to fit in, a love interest, and a keen sense of growing pains. It made me laugh, wince, cover my eyes, and even tear up. Yet even with all that, it just wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be.
While it was a great book and I would recommend it, it wasn’t the stay-up-late, skip meals, can’t-put-it-down novel that I was hoping for.
Rating: 4.25 out of 5
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