Pages: 221 pages
Published: March 3rd 2005
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
3.5 out of 5 stars
Looking for Alaska is the story about Miles “Pudge” Halter, which leaves home to attend boarding school to search an “Great Perhaps” while being fascinated by the last words of people. During his time on boarding school, he meets Alaska Young, who Miles thinks is the love of his life. While spending time with self-destructive Alaska with their other friends the Colonel and Takumi, tragedy hits the group of friends and the entire school.
The plot of Looking For Alaska is one you’re able to divide in the “before” and “after”. In the “before” part the plot feels very shallow with the group of friend falling in love while talking, thinking and joking about drinking, smoking, and sex. in the “After” part of the book the plot suddenly becomes a lot deeper with the characters having to come to terms with the tragedy that befell them.
being out of college I couldn’t feel to help that all the characters felt the same, which when you think about it is very accurate to the situation they find themselves in. All characters behave like you’d expect boarding school students to behave. They mainly focus on breaking rules, pranking their fellow students, spend time getting drunk and hooking up with other students. The only thing that was really unique for each character were their hobbies, with every character having another one.
All in all was Looking for Alaska a good read, but it’s best enjoyed when you’re still in college or younger because when you get older you really start seeing how similar all characters are, and how superficial their actions and fears are.