It’s been months since I have been searching for male authors that I will liked, and I have tried other works and no one made me awestruck as I was with John Green’s writing and brilliant mind. Ransom Riggs has talent too even though what he wrote was considered paranormal genre, I still think he can’t be compared with Mr Green’s witty wordplay.
Looking for Alaska is filled with witty wordplay and internal drama. Its characters are relatable though too smart and sometimes can be childish for their age. Honestly, sometimes we find ourselves being childish over something.
I personally liked the Colonel here. I think Pudge is a bit of a drama Queen for me and selfish after the accident. I can’t feel him truthfully devastated over a life lost, he’s more concerned of what could’ve been between him and Alaska if she was there, warm and alive the next morning.
This novel was so good it was worth buying the actual book compared to the ebook format. It is a masterpiece therefore should be shared to our friends that are well read. So I did. After reading it, right away I passed it on to a friend. And now I am having a binge of reading all of John Green’s novels.
If you haven’t read this, but already read The Fault in our Stars (so basically you have an idea how crafty Mr Green can be), read this. It won’t disappoint. And let’s all go seek the Great Perhaps!
“And then Adam Wilde shows up at the Carnegie Hall on the biggest night of my career, and it felt like more than a coincidence. It felt like a g...moreQuote:
“And then Adam Wilde shows up at the Carnegie Hall on the biggest night of my career, and it felt like more than a coincidence. It felt like a gift. From them. For my first recital ever, they gave me a cello. And for this one, they gave me you.”
As soon as I finished the first book, If I Stay, I hastily started reading this second instalment. I was surprised where the first one ended, I had to know what happened next right away. Though I already have an idea what’s Mia’s decision was after waking up because I read it on the feedback portion in the website Amazon, I was still shocked how it unfolds.
The story picked up 3 years after their separation, based on Adam’s point of view. Like its predecessor, this second book is as dramatic as it was. Written beautifully, showing Adam’s struggles with the aftermath of the accident that took the Hall’s and Mia, though a survivor, from him. What he has become and his life behind the glitters of stardom, and that one fateful night of watching Mia’s recital at the Carnegie Hall. And just like If I Stay, it shows flashbacks on what transpired the moment Mia opens her eyes in the hospital following the accident to Adam’s dark days and to his band’s stardom.
Although it was narrated by a man’s point of view, it was heartfelt. As it was told on the first book, Mia saw Adam cried over a physically abused child on the street, it was clear that he is a very emotional and compassionate man. With his words, expressing his pain, I cried many times. I felt what he felt. Like him at some point of the book, I wanted it to end. He said “I CAN’T DO THIS ANYMORE!” and that’s the same thing I felt with all the pain that he’s going through. With all the guilt. With all his baggage. Though I was also glad the events of one night was written that slow because I was able to understand Mia as well.
I really think Gayle Forman is a talented storyteller and I hope she can come up with new stories as great as this one and the prior. As she is a woman I like how she writes this book manly enough, Adam as a man. She was still successful in making her readers feel moved without dragging them.
You should definitely read this second book after reading If I Stay. I know some of you who read the first one didn’t liked how it ended, you will definitely feel whole and satisfied after reading this. Maybe you’ll even wish for some more stories of Mia and Adam, like I do too. (less)
Quote: "I'd like to meet someone in my condition. I have some questions, like, what is this state I'm in exactly and how do I get out of it? How do I get back to my body? Do I have to wait for the doctors to wake me up? But there's no one else like me around. Maybe the rest of them figure out how to get to Hawaii." ____ "Please don't die. I can understand why you'd want to, but think about this: If you die, there's cheesy Princess Diana memorials at school, where everyone puts flowers and candles and notes next to your locker." She wipes away a renegade tear with the back of her hand. "I know you'd hate that kind of thing." ____ Mia is a talented cellist. Her world is Music, and her family, and Adam. However, a tragic accident on a one fine day changed it all. Now, she has to make a decision. A decision that will break hearts of those she loved either way.
I stumble upon this book while I was in the office bored to death waiting for a call that might not even come in. I was browsing through the Amazon website reading feedbacks about books under the YA category. I am no longer a young adult but recently I enjoyed reading YA novels that are not under Adventure/Fantasy genre. Most of the ones that I have read this year are cheesy and suspenseful, the likes of The Hunger Games and The Hush Hush Saga. If I Stay is different from them. I was rather curious about it after reading feedbacks on the website. It still took me few weeks before I actually had the time to read it because of a couple of books on queue to be read, I still had to put down a few of them due to dragging chapters.
When I finally started reading this, after the first chapter, I know then that I will love this book. There are only few novels that are written in simple prose yet will definitely move you every chapter and this is one of the few. I can’t stop my tears falling down my cheeks.
I find it hard to put down. My eyes are glued to the screen of my iTouch wherein I am reading this off of my iBooks. I know I am punishing myself because of the glare, but I can’t blame myself. I want to know what happens next.
The acceptance process was heartbreaking. To be honest, every chapter was heartbreaking. Or maybe I am such a cry baby, like Adam.
Just when I’m so caught up with Mia’s predicament of staying and waking up or just letting go and die, before I know it the decision was made though I am not sure if she really has a say to it like what the Nurse said or it’s inevitable because of what Adam vowed, and the story ended there. It was a good thing I read the book knowing there’s a second one readily available to be read once I’m done with the first.
Overall, I was right, I loved the book. I was glad I found it online and I am definitely recommending this to my friends. You should read it too. (less)
The way the story was written is totally different from how it was adapted in the film. Here, Noah's emotion was highlighted than in the film. Though...moreThe way the story was written is totally different from how it was adapted in the film. Here, Noah's emotion was highlighted than in the film. Though there are some draggy parts I still liked how Sparks wrote Noah's sadness and Love towards Allie, which made me cry, not only because I have cold when I read this.
I am always so curious how it's like reading Romance novels written by a Man, thats why I tried reading this book. I've seen the movie long ago once, and to be honest I haven't watched it's entirety but still liked the movie. (less)