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Now I am TEN YEARS OLDER.
I didn't like this book.
This is not what I expected to be. I hoped to find a book in the style of Stargirl (or something novel) and what did I find? A bunch of teens who try to ease their anxieties in their not-so-original vices and a sudden drama which leads to nonsense talking. All hiding, of course, in a couple of beautiful quotes that wrap all the 'inspiring-sites' on the internet, the reason I got to the book and I bet that yo ...more
I decided to start here because it was one of his first books.
After I finished this book, I went to her and asked, "Are all of John Green's books going to leave me feeling like I've had a hole kicked straight through my guts?"
"Not all of them," she said. "But yeah. Some."
I thought about this for a while, then asked her. "In Name of the Wind, when X happens, did it fee ...more
some people are careless, and in an adrenaline-fueled all-caps teen reviewing frenzy, will inadvertently give a major spoiler for this book.
avoid these people, even though ordinarily, they are pretty cool.
this is a really well-written teen fiction book. i mean, it won the printz award, i'm not discovering america here. i think i wanted to emphasize that it definitely reads like a book intended for a teen audience. and i think that me as a teen would have numbered this among my very favorite book ...more
That's me, realizing I was about to give a big one star to a super popular book on Goodreads.
It didn't stop me. This book was beyond stupid.
Miles is a little nerd boy from Florida, he is going away to boarding school hoping for a new life or maybe his "Great Perhaps". The Great Perhaps comes from a minute reference to some poet. Thrown in to this book to make it all edgy and shit. Fail.
Once he gets there his roommate (the requisite character that is so poor but super smart) befriends hi ...more
So first I was like...
because Pudge was pretty cool.
Then we met the Colonel, and I did this
because the Colonel is awesome! and he got my approval.
Then we met Alaska and I go
because, who knows? She's really not that bad.
Then we really get to know her and I'm like
Then ALL this stuff happens and I don't know what to expect, because now we're at the After part, and I'm excited ...more
Miles—I mean "Pudge,"as he is deemed within minutes of his arrival at his School of Great Perhaps— may b ...more
This review/rant receives more comments than any other book review I have. I decided to reply to a few of the comments in my review because the people that don't like my review/rant don't like it for pretty much the same reasons. First, please note there are spoilers. However, the spoilers aren't really spoilers since it doesn't affect your enjoyment or lack of enjoyment if you know the big secret. Nevertheless, a helpful few have pointed out that I have spoilers and I didn't mark ...more
Again, I know, I'm late. This book is incredibly popular, and it's been waiting patiently in my bookshelf for at least two years now. I've read Paper Towns (which was boring af) and The Fault In Our Stars (which is one of my favourite books). Looking for Alaska was something in between.
Miles, the main character, is as interesting and charming as toast. So are his parents, but their lack of character depth is even w ...more
Miles is in search for the great perhaps, and has a fascination with famous last words. He meets Alaska Young who is basically the girl of his dreams. Their journey together at boar ...more
I have really got nothing to say about this book. It’s shitty like all of this other books no doubt about that!
Speaking of MILES PUDGE HALTER is a misogynistic piece of shit. Throughout the book he objectifies Alaska and cheats on Lara , he belittles Takumi and is just a whining piss baby.
First time hearing about this book;
Friend online gushes on how amazing and fantabulous this book is.
Me: Okay, I'll check it out. Plus it's cool since I was born in Alaska. The book is about Alaska right?
Me: O__o It's not about Alaska?
Friend: *still laughing*
Me: IT'S NOT ABOUT ALASKA?
True Story. ...more
I had been putting off reviewing this book for a while. It also took me much longer to read than I thought it would. Having read An Abundance of Katherines and Paper Towns first, I can say that Green seems to repeat a lot of the same themes and personalities. This may have been his first book, but it was probably my least favorite of the ones I've already read. (And no, I will not read The Fault in Our Stars for reasons.)
The one thing I did like about this book and saved it from being a 1 star w ...more
No, this one is not as bittersweet as "The Fault in Our Stars", but still, this is unputdownable supreme! Its the type of literature that gets one excited about reading, about reminiscing about adolescence and school. Because everyone has had a childhood, a first love, a stage of rebellion, this type of book strikes inner chords & you swiftly become infected with the virus of nostalgia.
To read one of his novels is to remember that you ...more
i know JG is one of those polarising authors - you either hate him or you love him with no in between - but i find his characterisation of teens really fascinating. many claim his characters are pretentious. i mean, how many teenagers do you know literally searching for thei ...more
THE BAR WAS SO LOW.
I loathe this book. Everything about it makes me want to rip out its pages, burn them, and then throw their ashes into the ocean. Actually, that would be cruel to the fish. Poor fish don't deserve it.
Anyway, I need to break this up because there is no way I'm going to be remotely coherent without it.
Two words: pretentious trash. I've heard a lot of negative and positive things about John Green's writing, but it was so much worse than I ever ...more
"Teenagers think they are invincible" with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don't know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are."
Loved it! I couldn't put it down - just like i expected. John Green is seriously talented, and even though i don't like this book as much as i love his "The Fault in Our Stars", it was still wonderful book.
I have to admit that ...more
I've always loved reading, but before that I only read for the sake of entertainment. Looking for Alaska was the first book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading, but that simultaneously and more importantly, made me think about greater issues in life for a long time after I had finished reading.
Now that I'm 21, I understand that while this remains to be a highly philosophical book, it's ...more
Looking for Alaska is John Green's first novel, published in March 2005 by Dutton Juvenile.
Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet).
He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe.
CW/TW: underage drinking/overdrinking, substance abuse, death, grief, suicide, sexual scene/behavior, cheating
I don't know what I was expecting with this book, but this wasn't it. Honestly the fact that it was the last book I read in 2020 says a lot about that year. I had low expectations, but it was BAD bad. I can't believe it took me 3 days to finish this thin, 200 page book and I somehow suffered through every page. This book is a good example of everything you shouldn't do in m ...more
My main problem with the book was the characters. It wasn't even that they were underdeveloped. Alaska and Miles just pissed me off. I let some of it slide by because I understand certain parts were intentional but Miles was just so whiny. I ...more
I first heard of Looking for Alaska in my thesis workshop, when a girl very snidely told me I'd h ...more
Throughout the book, extremely loud and incredibly close soundtrack came to my mind the whole time. The melody fits the story so well.
I never thought Miles "Pudge" Halter's turning point in life would be like that. Absolutely, totally, completely life-changing difference before and after. It's like, well, experiencing a heartbroken and mysterious loss at school. Ironically, he went to Alabama in search of his so-called "Great Perhaps ...more
John Green has established himself a very large fan base of readers, who are very fond of his work and writing.
Unfortunately, after reading a lot of his work, I can't say that I belong to that fanbase. Neither his characters nor writing nor plot make me swoon.
Alright, that was a very formal way of saying that his books are not for me.
Now, let's cut to the chase, shall we?
Everybody loves to read a good, ol' raging review about a con ...more
Looking for Alaska is my second John Green book. Even though it was very different than TFiOS, it was still emotional, moving and just quirky enough to make me smile and laugh.
Miles Halter's moves to Alabama to go to boarding school. This is his big adventure. A chance to make some friends, live a life bigger than the one he's been living in Florida. On his first day there, he becomes friends with his roommate, my favorite and most memorable character, Chip aka the Colonel. He also meets a ...more
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John Green's first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New ...more