“How do we get out of this labyrinth of suffering?”
Miles Halter, “Pudge,” is just another ordinary kid. He doesn’t have a lot of friends, and he doesn’t like is boring life in Florida. He is smart though, smart enough to remember famous people’s last words. He wants to leave everything behind and go to a boarding school called Culver Creek in Alabama. He seeks “The Great Perhaps” to change his life.
Once he arrives, he does change. He has friends, one of them is Alaska Young. She is funny, beautiful, clever, and screwed-up. She changes his life completely. She pulls Miles into her labyrinth, shows him “The Great Perhaps,” and steals his heart. Miles likes his new life and understands that Culver Creek isn’t just a school, but “The Great Perhaps.”
He realizes that this could be his chance to start over with a clean slate. Alaska shows him that there is more to life than he ever imagined. She led him to see the world as a twisted labyrinth.
Looking for Alaska is a great story about romance and teen problems. John Green will leave you as an emotional wreck by the time you are done with this book. Books don’t usually make me cry, but this one came close. Don’t get me wrong, this book isn’t all sad. It’s also a comedy in more ways than one. It’s a quick read, which is good because you can read it all over again, afterwards. It’s a compelling and heart-wrenching story that you wouldn’t want to miss. However, I would strongly recommend this book for teens, 13 and up. After all, it is about teenagers and their life issues and interests. This is the first John Green book I have read, and I will definitely read more.
-Sabrina C., 8th grade