My next review for ‘Looking for Alaska’, a little more on the short side but let me know what you think! Gave it a 3 out of 5 stars.
‘Another book I decided to re-read lately, ‘Looking for Alaska’ is one of my personal favourites when it comes to novels written by John Green. The mystery and sudden twists and turns throughout the novel, followed with Green’s dry humour, made this novel both heart-warming and amusing. (SPOILER ALERT)
So Miles ‘Pudge’ Halter arrives at Culver Creek and quickly befriends the funny and lovable Chris- also nicknamed the ‘Colonel’ –and the irresistibly beautiful Alaska Young. He tries drinking, smoking and learns the ways of girlfriends, ‘Weekday Warriors’ and the Culver Creek ultimate pranks. One night, after hooking up with Alaska for the first time (despite both of them being in a relationship with someone else), Alaska leaves in a drunken state- terrified and angry at herself –and is involved in a car accident which kills her instantly. For the remainder of the novel, Pudge and the Colonel figure out that she committed suicide- upon seeing the police cruiser on the side of the road –and that she got upset, not at Pudge or her boyfriend but with herself, after forgetting the anniversary of her mother’s death. In memory of Alaska, they pull a grand prank involving hiring a stripper as a speaker for sex education in front of the whole school.
This books twists and turns- from the accident to Alaska’s own changing mood –gave the book a very intriguing and more mystical feel. ‘Looking for Alaska’ was very sweet and resonated more personally with Pudge as a character. I had to re-read this book twice to go over every detail of the book and fully understand the complexity that was Alaska and the emotional states of those she left behind. Despite the negativity that flows through the book from the ‘After Part’ to the end, Pudge finds his own sense of closure and peace at the end when he reads the letter Takumi sent to him explaining what Alaska was upset about that night. His final essay on Alaska’s question on the labyrinth of suffering ended the novel on a bittersweet tone that made me feel more empathy towards Pudge and really like him as a protagonist.
Contrasting this- the ‘Before Part’ was filled with nothing but comedy and happiness that brings the novel (and my feelings and hopes) up to a high before finally having everything crash back onto the ground for the dark scene of Alaska’s last night with Pudge. Heck, even just before she left Pudge made out with her which made me think ‘Freaking, finally!’ before the ‘After Part’ started and I thought, ‘Well … s-‘.
Overall, I enjoyed ‘this book- although to get more of an insight into the characters and plot, you should probably read it slowly or re-read it a couple more times. I’m going back for my third re-read right now.