People have been telling me for years that I need to read John Green, so, during a recent trip to my local library, I decided to check out Looking For Alaska. And I'm so glad I did!
Miles is sixteen years old, sort of friendless, and kind of a geek (he's obsessed with biographies and famous last words). He decides to reinvent himself and explore "a great perhaps" by leaving home and attending a boarding school in Alabama.
It doesn't take long for Miles to form friendships with a captivating group of pranksters who spend just as much time partying and having sex as they do studying. He's especially intrigued by Alaska, a self-destructive girl with a troubled past.
With chapter titles that count down the days "before", I felt unbearable tension. I knew something was going to happen. I got the feeling it was going to be tragic. And I greedily and rapidly read page after page until I knew.
Looking For Alaska was a powerful story about friendship, love, loss, and sadness.
Was this really John Green's first novel? It's so smart and well-written that it felt like it should have been his tenth or twentieth. It's now my mission to devour every book he's ever written.
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