Throwback Thursday: Looking for Alaska Book Review

Posted August 18, 2016 by Mari
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So, I have been in a bit of a slump after I had finished high school. Normally I’d read books on my iPad, and the iPad that I was using was a rental from the school. Don’t get me wrong, I have my own iPad, but its a bit of an older model that I have grown not being used to. So, for the summer, I’ve just been digging through the stacks of physical books that I have and came across Looking For Alaska by John Green.

For those who don’t know what Looking for Alaska is, here’s the book’s summary via Goodreads.

Throwback Thursday: Looking for Alaska Book ReviewLooking for Alaska by John Green
Published by Speak on December 28th 2006
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Format: Physical
Source: Library

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy 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. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .

After. Nothing is ever the same.

I have to be honest here, when it comes to John Green’s works, it all depends on who you are. A lot of his works involve a bunch of edgy teenagers with fancy words. Some people may find these edgy teenagers to be annoying or childish. Other people may become attached to these edgy teenagers, read some tragedy in the book and cry. A lot.

I remember when I first read the book for the first time, it was around the time that I started listening to The Arctic Monkeys. I’m not going to lie, the theme of the book and the genre of the band have a lot of similar ties. It kinda made me want to go buy a leather jacket, put on some shades and become an edgy teenager myself.

cool kid with sunglasses putting on leather jacket

But enough with the edge. I know you guys are more interested on hearing my opinion on the book. I will admit, the book will not have fireworks and constant plot twists. It’s an okay book. Despite it being an okay book, I’d still recommend it, simply because I enjoyed reading it. Some people got emotional over it because of [insert spoilers here], but being the heartless she-demon that I am, it didn’t make me cry. I will admit that I was shocked when [insert spoilers here] but that was pretty much the only emotion I felt.

I bet I can tell what you’re thinking. “Mari, if you’re saying that its an okay book, full of edgy teenagers, why would I spend some time giving the book a try?” Well, my dear reader, like I said, everybody has different opinions over the book. It never hurts to try to see whether you’ll love it or hate it. Sometimes it will make you think, or maybe all the fancy words John Green uses might give you a headache, but will make you think that you’re sophisticated for reading such hefty wording (at least I know that happened to me.)

A lot of John Green’s books involve edgy teenagers and pretty much the story of life not being fair. Each story is different, each character (despite how much edge they possess) has their little quirks and differences. I guess, at least for me, it’s all about finding out what happened and learn why.

My overall review would be 3 out of 5. Why? Because teenagers think they’re invincible.

That’s all I have for this week. I look forward to posting my next *magical* hinthinthint review next week. With that being said, stay edgy my friends.


Mari was a temporary contributor when Bookwyrming Thoughts did a trial run while looking for a co-blogger in 2016.

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