Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Book Addict Reviews: Looking for Alaska by John Green

Genre: Young Adult, Social Situations, Friendship, Contemporary Fiction
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Rating: 4 stars
Got this book as a gift from my buddy, Jen

In A Nutshell:
I almost do not know what to say about this book.  I laughed, I cried, and I shook my head in dismay, but more than anything I was moved.  I could not put this book down and now that I am done all I can say is that I want more John Green! 

Pudge left his safe and boring life in Florida to find his "great perhaps" at a boarding school in Alabama.  And he finds his great perhaps in Alaska Young, a classmate who loves to plan elaborate pranks, drink too much, and smoke to die.  She shakes up his life in so many ways--but will the effect last?  In the end that question becomes one of the hardest for Pudge to answer--and for Pudge to accept.

I have heard so many great things about John Green, but I really did not know what to expect.  Looking for Alaska left me speechless for the last half of the book.  I laughed, I cried, I shook my head in dismay, but more than anything I was moved.  His characters almost instantly mattered to me--they grabbed my heart and my conscience and did not let go.  I could not put the book down--and even now that I have finished it I want to read it again (and that is saying something because I am not a big re-reader).

I do have to note however that the teens in this book drink and smoke A LOT.  I have read a lot of YA and normally I can take drinking or smoking with a grain of salt.  It does not really phase me--but it was an almost constant theme in this story.  It was hard to just look beyond it.  However, it did not ruin the book for me but I did begin to wonder if lots of things in the book would have been different had the teens not smoked or even more importantly drank nearly so much. 

I cannot wait to read more of John Green's writing--and my next selection is based primarily on what I have on hand at the moment:


  1. I just loved this book, it was heartbreaking and uplifting. Such a hard book to review but you did a great job =)

    1. Thank you. It was very hard to review--and it through me for quite a loop before the end. But I loved the ride. :)