TITLE: LOOKING FOR ALASKA
AUTHOR: JOHN GREEN
Details: Young Adult
Miles (Pudge) Halter goes from Florida to a boarding school in Alabama looking for the "Great Perhaps". And he finds a whole new experience in his new environment as well as friends and the beautiful, funny, controversial and self-destructive Alaska Young. He falls in love with her as soon as he first sees her, but since she has an absent boyfriend, his love is doomed to go unrequited. And just when it seems that he might have a future with the girl of his dreams, she disappears from his life in the most final way, leaving him with questions to which he may never find the answers and feelings he's not quite equipped to deal with. With her final act Alaska forced Miles to face life and death and the mysteries both hold, sending him on a steep learning curve towards adulthood.
This was the second book by John Green for me and once again I was pleasantly surprised. He writes a good story and does get into the minds and hearts of teenagers very well. Having said that, I can also see a theme developing here because once again we're dealing with a boy falling for a girl who should be way out of his league. A girl who is completely self obsessed and has little regard for the feelings of others or the realities of life. The strenght of the story is that in spite of, or maybe because of the girl's disregard for others, the boy in question has to learn to value other's emotions and thought processes in order to make sense of what has happened to him and his world.
"If only we could see the endless string of consequences that result from our smallest actions. But we can't know better until knowing better is useless."