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"Looking for Alaska" by John Green

"Looking for Alaska" by John Green

  • Submitted By: supji
  • Date Submitted: 10/16/2008 1:13 AM
  • Category: Book Reports
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The book “ Looking for Alaska” by John Green is about a sixteen-year-old Miles "Pudge " Halter who loves reading biographies of writers and remembering last words of famous people. He lived in a safe, if somewhat boring, existence in his hometown in Florida. He has good grades, comes from a nice family, but lacks the excitement and adventure that he craves. And so he makes the decision to go to Culver Creek boarding school in Alabama. There he meets interesting friends include Alaska Young - beautiful, funny, clever, and utterly messed up and self-destructive young woman. She steals his heart, but a stolen heart alone cannot derail her from death by car accident or suicide. Now Pudge and his friends need to find the answers to some unsolved questions Alaska left behind "How will I ever get out of this labyrinth!"

I liked this book because the author John Green portrayed the characters realistically opposed to the non realistic happily ever after ending. The charaters such as Pudge and Alaska have depth. They felt what teenagers feel ; confusion about life. “You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present”.
But it's the questions that rise from The Old Man's religion class that pudge attend that made me to take this book to a level deeper than most Youth Adult books I've ever read.

"How will we ever get out of this labyrinth of suffering?"
"How do you fit the uncontestable fact of suffering into your understanding of the world?"
"How do you hope to navigate through life in spite of it?"
"What is your cause for hope?"

These questions made me to think and put me in situation of the characters in the book and connect to the humanity and emotions of the characters.
I think “Looking for Alaska” is not just the story of a group of teenagers falling in love , dealing...

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