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January 14, 2012

Review: Looking For Alaska by John Green - Farah

Title: Looking for Alaska
Author: John Green
Publication date: March 3rd, 2005
Publisher: Puffin
Genre(s): Young Adult (Realistic Fiction)
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 221
Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. A stunning debut, it marks John Green's arrival as an important new voice in contemporary fiction.
I heard great things about this book, so when we saw it in the library, we decided to borrow it. Unfortunately, I didn't see what was so great about this book after all. Just wasn't my cup of tea.
Miles goes to boarding school to find his "Great Perhaps" and then meets some kids. He becomes friends with them, crushes on one of them, and they all mess around causing trouble.The whole time I was reading, I was asking myself, "Why am I reading about a couple of school kids messing around?". There wasn't a point to the story until "after" something happened, which happens more than halfway through the book.  
The "after" part does stir some things up and kind of makes the book interesting. I don't want to spoil anything so I won't talk much about the "after" event. It was a shock, and held great meaning towards the end, but overall I was just disappointed.  

Okay, just not so great


  1. oh no, I wish you liked it more like everyone else! at least you didn't hate it which is always something;D haha

    I will be reading this for book club & I can't wait to see what I think.

    Racquel @ The Book Barbies♥
    -thank you&come again.

  2. I have heard so much buzz about how amazing John Green is. To be honest, I've never been intrested in reading any of his books. Lot's of people love them, but they just don't appeal to me for some reason. To each his own, right? I think I'll pass on this one as well. Doesn't quite appeal to me, although I'm sure others will love it. Sorry this wasn't one for you either but I totally understand!

    1. I'm totally with you on that one! There has been a lot of buzz about The Fault in Our Stars, but it just doesn't sound like my type of thing.

      Nicely reviewed, Farah. It's a shame this didn't do it for you. Hopefully your next read will be better! :)

      Sam @ Realm of Ficton

  3. bummr it was not 2 your liking

  4. I too have heard the buzz but I can 't say I felt compelled to read this one. Thanks for your honest review!

  5. I too have heard great things about Looking For Alaska but haven't read it yet. I sounds interesting but I think I'll wait a little longer before picking up a copy.

  6. to anyone who hasn't yet read anything by John Green and doesn't plan on doing so: please reconsider. I know, of course not every book or author is for everyone, but at least give it a try! For example, "The Fault in our Stars" is very different to his other books (starting by the obvious that this time, it's written from a girl's point of view). Really, you should. Especially those of you who are really into YA. I think it's vital for YA-lovers to at least try out one or some of John's books. (Of course this is not to be understood as an order, just a suggestion! (: )