I wanted to read an emotional novel so after searching goodreads I stumbled upon Looking for Alaska. It is John Green’s first book and its number two on the New York Times best seller list after Paper towns in Young Adult section. This book is all about true friendship, first love, loss and high school pranks.
The story is about high school teenager Miles Halter who memorises famous people’s last words. Before heading for boarding school, reader gets glimpse of Miles life in his hometown Florida where his mother throws a send-off party for Miles, and only two people show up. So after moving to boarding school, Miles meets his roommate Colonel who nicknames Miles as Pudge. Colonel introduces Pudge to his gang Takumi and Alaska. And the story progresses with Pudge falling for Alaska despite Alaska having a boyfriend. Then some unexpected thing happens which changes their lives.
The book is split in two parts Before and After, so I knew some big event is going to happen. And while reading Before part I was wondering what that event could be. Each chapter is named like “forty-six days before” “three days before” and “the Last day” before the event occurs. And the After is all about Pudge and Colonel finding answers why this happened because they feel guilty about the event.
I really loved this book because at some point I could relate to the story. It’s a book that I’d like to read again and if one wants to read a not so happy ending book than this is the one.
My Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Best quotes from book:
“At some point, you just pull off the Band-Aid, and it hurts, but then it’s over and you’re relieved.”
“Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia. You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.”