I know I know, you must think of me as someone who crazy reviews only John Green books. Frankly speaking, other books just don’t fascinate me enough. (That’s a lie. It’s just that John Green books leave me in such a fetal position, that reviewing them is the only way I can let them go, or so I hope.)
Obviously like every other teen, I started my ‘John Green’ journey with the famous, ‘The Fault In Our Stars’. Before that, I hadn’t even heard of John Green and his habit of ripping peoples’ hearts right out their chest and then leaving them lifeless for days thereafter. (Now I’m pretty full with that fact.)
To be honest, I read ‘Looking For Alaska’ last year around September, right after I had finished TFIOS. I was not even over TFIOS, that I was shot in my knees yet again, but I never really got the time to reflect upon it. Why am I writing about it now, is because a friend of mine finished reading this book, and he literally cursed me for making him go through something he wasn’t ready for. (I’m sorry, man.) And then I was like, oh yes, LFA, this is the book. I was going through the pages of the book once more, and I was rendered speechless, again. For one thing, John Green is a pure evil genius. (I might not stop saying this ever.) 6 months ago, I spent two nights in a row sobbing that how can one be so unfair, thinking of possibly all the rights he could have done to all the wrongs, good lord, even cursed him and I even bombed his fan mail(which I’m very embarrassed about). But now, I think he did what needed to be done, and I respect him for it. With that being said, I’ll move on to the story.
Miles Halter (Ironically nicknamed as Pudge) leaves behind a friendless high school existence in Florida to search for his own “Great Perhaps” and some adventure. Also, he was obsessed with learning the last words of famous people. Within hours of his arrival at Culver Creek Preparatory(his father’s alma mater too), he’s made fast friends with his roommate Chip – also known as The Colonel. Takumi, and Lara are also some great additions to his gang.
He also made friends with a girl named Alaska. Alaska was really unique. She absolutely loved reading, the sort who used to buy a LOT of books, but only read one-third of them. (How could someone not like her?)Also known as the Queen of Pranks at Culver Creek, she’s not the one to beat around the bush, smoked like a chimney, and quite unstable. She has flaws and annoying habits, but Miles loves her anyway.
Then came THE drizzle/hurricane metaphor. Just wow. I might have read that sentence just too many times, but I still remain in awe every time I do so.
Although I did have a basic idea of what this book will be about, but I didn’t know I would get so caught up in it. It was unbelievably humorous and witty. Especially that ‘mother-fucking-fox’ instance. Until the last day. The harsh reality of the book strikes you, and that’s when it all goes wrong. It all falls apart. Dammit John Green, I wasn’t emotionally prepared.
Like earlier times I’ve decided not to reveal the whole story, let alone reach to the spoilers.
It is safe to say that you will actually form a love/hate relationship with John Green after reading this book. That man is a seriously talented person. (Understatement)
I know this review might not sound THAT appealing or may come off as pretty normal, but I would say what any other reader would say, ‘JUST READ THE DAMN BOOK!’
PRO TIP: Stock up on some tissues please, unless you’re a motherfucking robot.
My Favorite ‘Looking For Alaska’ quotes :
“So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.”
“At some point, you just pull off the Band-Aid, and it hurts, but then it’s over and you’re relieved.”
“I found myself thinking about President William McKinley, the third American president to be assassinated. He lived for several days after he was shot, and towards the end, his wife started crying and screaming, “I want to go too! I want to go too!” And with his last measure of strength, McKinley turned to her and spoke his last words: “We are all going.”