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.
After…Nothing is ever the same.
I’m going to get this out of the way first: I liked this book better than The Fault in Our Stars.
Stop throwing things, please. Let’s be adults about this.
TFIOS is great. It really is. It is THE John Green book right now, because it’s a phenomenal novel and, from what I hear, an amazing film adaptation. Looking for Alaska has some of the same elements: solitary people connecting, characters grappling with unexpected loss, philosophical questions about life and adventure, heroes letting you down, and ambiguity. I felt a closer connection with these characters – I saw high school friends in them. Hell, the description of Alaska made me visualize a friend of a friend. I have asked some of the questions.
It’s purely personal, why I love this book a tiny bit more than TFIOS, but give Looking for Alaska a shot.