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Looking for Alaska by John Green
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Dec 26, 2011

it was amazing
Read from December 27 to 28, 2011

I can see why Green won the Printz for this one. Looking For Alaska is cleverly laid out to count down to an event that kept me reading, simply to find out what the event was.

Green did an excellent job of showing the development of a core pseudo-family that teens aim for, whether away from home or not, as well as the mini-dramas that take place within the unit. I loved the us vs them nature of Pudge's friends (against the Weekday Warriors), particularly in the way they work together in the "after."

You know, I get that Alaska was supposed to the central mysterious figure of the novel, but I have to say I preferred the Colonel, and it's primarily because of his backstory. I adored the relationship he had with his mother and found them both charming.

The ending (Takumi's reveal) was surprising but not in a jarring or unbelievable way, and I admit it: I cried when the countdown reached its apex.

Really excellent book.
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