A crossover novel, this title chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words - and tired of his safe, boring and rather lonely life at home. He leaves for boarding school filled with cautious optimism, to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the Great Perhaps. First drink, first prank, first friend, first girl, last words! A poignant and moving crossover novel about making friends and growing up from American author, john Green. Book 1: looking for Alaska" by john Green.
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I wanted (and still want) things to change, so i'm constantly contemplating how to make things different. And what I would give to be able to pack up and just go somewhere to reinvent myself. And to do that constantly. I also understand him wanting to fit in with these people who are completely different because that's all a part of reinventing who is (or in his case, embracing his true personality). I did like alaska though because she just seemed really mysterious. It was like she lived in a world of her assessment own making, with her own rules and thoughts governing it completely. She seemed like such an enigma and trying to discover who she is proved to be an interesting (if fruitless) search throughout the whole novel. I mean, i'd get glimpses of her personality, but it formed such a puzzling caricature that I can't be sure of what i know about her. Looking for Alaska was well-written, well-paced and interesting. It definitely deserved the rave reviews that I read and I'm happy to have it in my collection.
Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps. I've heard a lot about, looking for Alaska from my friends, so i was relieved to finally be able to pick up a copy of it when Borders went on sale. The sequence of the story was appealing to me - i like how Green writes about moments leading. Looking for Alaska 's big "event" and then writes about what happens after without actually ever describing the event shortage itself happening. It provided incentive for me to continue reading. Looking for Alaska and allowed me, in a roundabout way, to get to know the characters in the book quite intimately based on their reactions and chosen actions. Though I didn't care much for our main protagonist Miles, i did understand his personality because i'm a little bit like him.
But the not-knowing would not keep me from caring, and I would always love alaska young, my crooked neighbour, with all my crooked heart. I was still mixed up after finishing the book, because there is never a conclusion as to why Alaska left that night, and if she killed herself or it was an accident. I was left wondering if she wanted to get out of the labyrinth enough to just end. I guess in the end, were vertebrae all searching for our way out of the labyrinth, arent we? Looking for Alaska by, john Green, publisher: Speak, publication Date: September 28, 2006, source/Format: bought paperback. Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska young.
I actually found it quite hard to read about what they were feeling; it was quite emotional. This is because Alaska mattered so much to them, and then she dies. Miles and the colonel are left not knowing if she left them on purpose, because she wanted to die, or if it was in fact an accident. She wanted to get out of the labyrinth of suffering after all, straight and fast. It made me think that sometimes we just need to accept the things that happen; we do not always need to know every little thing, the how and the why. We just need to surrender to life. I also realised how you can wish and regret all you like, but nothing can change the past and that nothing could bring Alaska back in terms of the book. I would never know her well enough to know her thoughts in those last minutes, would never know if she left us on purpose.
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I go to seek a great Perhaps. Alaskas death and methodology the way john Green worded it actually made me realise a lot of things about tragedy, death and loss. When it came to the part of the book where Alaska is killed, i found myself angry at the author. I couldnt help but question why john Green took the best character out of the book, but also why he did it in such a mysterious way. This affected me a lot, because the author described the feeling of loss and heartbreak that is felt by miles so perfectly. When Alaska is leaving, she has been drinking, and she says that she needs to leave, she needs to get out of there.
Miles and the colonel dont know what she means, but they help her anyway because she is hysterical about. Ultimately, miles and the colonel not stopping her from driving and letting never her go result in her death. It is not their fault, but I could understand how Miles felt that it was his fault that she died, because he didnt stop her. He didnt question her. He just let her. This made me realise how the smallest of actions that arent thought about at the time result in an endless string of consequences. Miles and the colonel are extremely angry and confused and frustrated and grief-stricken and heartbroken all at the same time.
I think that it was her passion for fun, rebelliousness and just living life that made her such a fascinating character to read about. It isnt difficult to get absorbed into the whirlwind of mystery and excitement that is Alaska young. Miles does in the book, and I definitely did when reading. To me, she seemed like such a carefree, life-loving individual, who does what she wants to have fun. I think that Alaska inspired and fascinated me so much because she is much of the person who i would like. Carefree, outspoken and infinitely intriguing.
But, behind all that, we come to realise that she is so empty. After losing her mother at a very young age, and always carrying an endless sense of blame and guilt, she is simply a lonely girl looking for her way out of the labyrinth of suffering. One" relating to Alaska that stuck with me was this: 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. I feel that this is the perfect way to describe Alaska, as a hurricane, which is as destructive and reckless as it is thrilling. I think that this is why miles becomes so infatuated and fascinated by Alaska. He has come from a boring, plain lifestyle into this new, refreshing change of atmosphere, while being completely absorbed into Alaskas world. In my opinion, Alaska is exactly what he went to culver Creek in search.
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This made me extremely eager to continue reading. For me, as I was coming to the pdf chapters that are a few days before, i was in total suspense, and could not put the book down. I think that this was a wonderful way to lead up to the climax of the book, the event that we are before, as it keeps the reader engaged and just waiting for what will happen. In part two of the book, the first chapter is labelled the day after, and it makes sense as to why the chapters were labelled that way. I really do admire the way john Green titled the chapters in this way, because i feel like it kept me in much more suspense than other books I have read. Also, i sometimes tend to jump ahead in books, just to catch a little bit of what happens near the end to reassure myself, or to see if a character lives or dies, but while reading looking for Alaska, there was something about the style. This made the book a more suspenseful and enjoyable read. A character that inspired me in this book had to be Alaska. She is described as an intelligent, gorgeous, moody and self retrolisthesis destructive girl.
We'll occasionally send you account related and promo emails. More Essay examples. Alaska rubric, i thoroughly enjoyed this book. From the very first day page the very first line in fact it captured. The first chapter of the book is titled one hundred and thirty six days before. I felt extremely curious upon reading that, as I questioned what we were leading up to, and what myself as the reader was waiting for. One hundred and thirty six days before what?, i asked myself.
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. Because down the hall is Alaska young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Nothing is ever the same. You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how youll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never.
Book review for looking for Alaska by john Green
I have been meaning to read this book for a few years now after write having read The perks of being a wallflower. Alaska is, in my opinion, a classic example of the "teen-angst-ridden boarding school novel. in the same vein as, say, the catcher in the rye or a separate peace. The story itself is not overly amazing but the writing style is easy to follow/read and I felt sympathetic to the main characters. I would consider reading other novels by john Green. 1.5 stars this was required reading for an english class i was taking back when i was. I had so many opinions about it back then but, having gone back to it as an adult, "Meh, not my thing." are really the only words i have.