Looking For Alaska
By John Green
Review by Elena Arellano (AB1)
A lot of people can tell you that during high school, things such as relationships, fears, self-image, and peer pressure come into focus. Looking For Alaska is an original, deep story written by New York Times best selling author, John Green. It's a very interesting point of view from an incoming junior, Miles "Pudge" Halter, when he moves from Florida to a boarding school in Alabama. Like every school, there are cliques. Pudge ends up fitting in with a new circle of friends, "The Colonel", his roommate, Takumi, a Japanese kid, and Alaska Young, the hottest, funniest, and craziest messed up girl he's ever met. He falls in love with her, but never expects to see what he ends up experiencing.
Everyone has a hobby. For Miles, it's memorizing people's last words. Wether it's a president of the United States or a not very known poet, he knows them. As he enters school, they come in handy when making deals or simply making friends. His world, though, starts revolving around Alaska, who is completely opposite than him. She's a very down to earth, amazing girl, but very bipolar. With a boyfriend in college, and her intense experiences as a child, she's unpredictable.
Pudge learns more and more about his friends everyday, and make you think of how far a simple friendship can go. After an unexpected tragedy, Pudge wonders if there even is a way out of this never-ending labyrinth. He learns to let go of the past, and focus of surviving what is known as today.
I absolutely loved this novel, although it can get very emotional, depending on the kind of person you are. There are somewhat intense scenes in this book, so I don't recommend it for anyone under thirteen, but if you're looking for a realistic, young adult fiction story, this is the one of the best to read.