Looking For Alaska - John Green
Looking For Alaska is a beautiful coming-of-age novel that explores, quite unabashedly, the inner working’s of a teen’s mind as they grow up and find the world isn’t quite what they imagined.
The novel stars Miles Halter, a fifteen year old “good kid”. Miles is extremely bright, but never really belonged at his school in Florida; he has a knack for memorizing last words, and is fascinated by the last words of French poet Francois Rabelais - “I go to seek a Great Perhaps”. The novel begins as Miles moves to a boarding school in Alabama, off to find his Great Perhaps. He quickly befriends his roommate and a few other classmates, including, most importantly, one Alaska Young.
The book explores the labyrinth of Miles Halter’s quirky, idealist mind, and tells the story of how he learns to understand the world and the reality of his “Great Perhaps”.
Looking For Alaska changed my life completely. After you read this book, you will never think the same - it changed me positively and permanently. This book will always be the one you compare every following book to - and I have yet to find one to outdo it. Every teen needs to read this brilliant novel (actually, in my opinion, it should become coursework for an English 10 or 11 class).
Congratulations, Looking For Alaska, you’ve earned the first-ever “MUST READ” badge.