Book Review: Looking for Alaska

Mariana Gutierrez-Serna, Staff Writer


“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 imaging that future keeps you going. But you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.” John Green, Looking for Alaska.

Have you ever wondered what your purpose in life is? What would your “Great Perhaps” be?

For his entire life Miles has been invisible, living without a purpose. His only obsession is famous last words. The ones that especially haunt him: “I go to seek a Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet ). Miles “Pudge” Halter seeks a “Great Perhaps” at Culver Creek Boarding School, where his life becomes anything but safe. There, Miles meets the beautiful, daring and intriguing Alaska. He is pulled into her world seeking his “Great Perhaps”, and she steals his heart completely.

He can’t get enough of gorgeous, clever and cool Alaska. She’s the girl everyone would die to be, and the girl everyone would love to be with. She’s your cool high school girl, smoking cigarettes and the life of every party. When he talks to her it makes him feel special; Miles was never noticed by anyone until he met her. After that, everything changes.

This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. Every character brings their own level of relatability, and if you are a romance or mystery lover, it’s definitely for you. John Green perfectly captures the mind of a high school student, the struggles of loving someone impossible and the challenge of finding a purpose to live your life to the fullest.





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