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Looking for Alaska by John Green
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Aug 28, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: audiobook, ya, lm-book-club
Read in August, 2009

I had very little idea what this book was about when I started to read it for my book club.

On the one hand, this was a book about quirky kids at a boarding school, who have Something Very Bad happen, and they try to Deal With It. Even on that level, it is a good book. There are fun (and scary) pranks, there are boring classes where they learn more than they realize. There is smoking, drinking, and sex (or at least talk of it).

However, there is much more to Looking for Alaska.

Every time I try to write about it, I fail.

Just know this is a book with many levels, from full out fun, to explorations of consequences of our actions, to the power of guilt (short and long term), to examination of questions about the meaning of life.

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