‘Looking for Alaska’ is a unique, thought-provoking read

“Looking for Alaska,” by John Green. Copyright 2005, Dutton Books. (223 pages, $8.92)

Reviewed by Leeann Williams
Times-News correspondent

   John Green’s “Looking for Alaska” deals with mixed-up feelings about love, life and self-discovery. Miles Halter is a high school junior who doesn’t have a lot of friends. He has a quirky obsession with remembering people’s last words. Miles moves away from his safe life in Florida to Culver Creek, a boarding school in Alabama seeking his “Great Perhaps.”
At Culver Creek, there are the Weekday Warriors who are rich enough to go home every weekend, then there are scholarship students. Miles meets Chip, Takumi, Lara and the mysterious Alaska. They organize epic pranks against the Weekday Warriors and the Dean also known as The Eagle.
   Aside from the rule-breaking, the book goes into depth, leaving you with questions. Can we recover from suffering without giving in to hopelessness? What happens after death? The book has a unique structure that makes it hard to put down. It is divided into two sections, Before and After, creating anticipation to the climax. After the Before part, a great tragedy happens which leads Miles to new revelations about his “Great Perhaps.”

Leeann Williams is a junior at Cummings High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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