Monday, December 09, 2013

Looking for Alaska

Thanks, Leanna Lunsford.
Green, J. (2005). Looking for Alaska. New York, NY: Dutton Children’s Books. 
  Would you enjoy a book chocked full of one-liner witty humor, humorous and daring pranks and following the life of teenagers who are experiencing the normalcies of teens including independence, immaturity, power struggles and the hard emotional issues of life…….love, loss, grief and forgiveness?
Then you will find yourself lost in this compelling bird's-eye view of the memorable effects of love and death.  Looking for Alaska is separated into two distinct sections entitled "Before" and "After," …………
Before.  Miles "Pudge" Halter, a Florida high school student who’s whole existence has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" even more. Then he heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School in Alabama, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. She’s gorgeous, clever, funny, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating. Alaska Young, is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her labyrinth, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.
At Culver Creek, Pudge befriends a ragtag group of early teens. For a while, not much happens aside from these characters' occasional mischief, --- harmless behavior with harmless consequences. His friendship with Alaska has resulted in him falling in love with her.  But then, his world is turned upside down when a tragedy happens.  It’s baffling to Pudge as to how something so unthinkable could have happened to their intimate little community. After. Nothing is ever the same.
I wonder, what could such a tragedy be?  Was it really an accident, or was it a selfish attempt for Alaska to plow her way out of the labyrinth? Could her friends have stopped her, knowing what they knew about her past? Would life ever be the same?  You won’t be able to put this book down, Looking for Alaska by John Green, as you search for these answers and relate to the “coming of age” of teenage years.

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