Looking for Alaska
By: John Green
Looking for Alaska is a realistic fiction novel that was written by John Green and was published in March 5 of 2005. John Green is a realistic fiction author, vlogger, were he shares a youtube channel with his brother, Hank Green. "Looking for Alaska" was received an award in 2006 from the American Library Association. Later he published "An Abundance of Katherines" and wrote more and more novels. I feel like John Green is different and stands out from any other author because he never exactly leaves a clear ending to what happens at the end of his novels and he leaves us thinking. He lets us create kind of our own exact ending to his novels, like what he did in Looking For Alaska.
- Miles 'Pudge' Halter is just a regular high school boy from Florida that has to go to boarding school in Alabama called Culver Creek were there he meets "freaks" that will change his life forever.
- Alaska Young is a crazy, clever, gorgeous girl that changes Pudge perspective on himself and his life. Alaska techs him not to take himself so seriously and that he should live life to the fullest. Alaska does an unexpected thing to Pudge.
- Chip 'The Colonel' Martin is Pudge's convincing, wise, crazy roommate that soon turns into one of his best friend. He is definitely someone Pudge can trust. Chip is a perfect example of what Pudge's mom does not want Pudge to turn into.
I think that the main conflict between Pudge is that he starts to fall for Alaska and he can't help it. It's just one of those things that happens and you can't do anything about it. In my opinion the mood of the book is mysterious because basically everything the characters do is mysterious. They always have to be hiding from the teachers due to their bad habits and behaviors. They also have to be sneaky in order to put pranks for their enemies, The Weekday Warriors. A quote that really caught my attention was "The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive", this basically explains the theme of the book. I think that the theme of the book is that anything can happen to ourselves or someone we really care about and that we just have to accept the things because they all happen for a reason. I have somewhat a connection to the book because I recently lost someone who was very close to me and I couldn't accept the fact they wouldn't be here anymore. It took me a while to let them go and I realized things happen for a reason.
I mostly remembered the type of friendship Pudge, Alaska and The Colonel had. They trusted each other and it was different as any other, a type of friendship that wasn't common. I loved this book because it is different than any other books. It stand out and it has a plot twist that I really didn't expect and I wouldn't even know what to do if I was in their position. I would recommend this book to someone who loves mysteries because this book is full of it. I would also recommend it to someone who is creative because you need to use your imagination to understand this book. I really like this book because it gets you thinking. Anyone should go and get this book because it is different as any other book, the way it was written and the format John green wrote it in, the way he described and got to the conflict was very interesting.
I hope I got you interested enough to go out and read Looking for Alaska.