Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for AlaskaLooking for Alaska. Finished audio 12-23-13, rating 4.25, YA, pub. 2005

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. Then he heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, 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, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.

I’d heard all of the hype surrounding John Green almost since I started blogging almost 6 years ago, but this was my first experience with him.  For the first half of the book I was entertained but a little confused about all the fuss, but then when the big event happened it made the book deeper and more poignant.  Lots of great discussion for teens and parents.  This is a great book for a young adult (15 or 16 and older?) and I have found a new YA author to check out and gift 🙂 

I checked the cds out of the library and was actually listening to it when I got into my car accident.  After some consideration I have decided not to hold this against the book or author.  Highly recommended.