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Bookmarks: Another great from Green

21 August 2014 By Laura Antonucci, Columnist No Comments

With all the insanity about “The Fault in Our Stars”, I doubt I have to write a book review on it, much less tell you I am really over the hype. However, John Green is a great writer, and I reviewed “Will Grayson, Will Grayson” last semester, so don’t think I hate all things John Green.

“Looking For Alaska” is another one of Green’s great young adult novels.

I hated high school. I hated high school boys. I have never been to any kind of dormitory and am a commuter student to this day.

So a story about high school boys in a co-ed private school in Alabama was unfamiliar territory for me but not for long.

Green has a way of making unfamiliar destinations like a home away from home, and this in no different in “Looking for Alaska.”

Green immediately catches you up to speed with the narrator’s internal dialogue, and Miles “Pudge” Halter proves to be much more interesting than the persona he presents to his classmates.

Pudge likes to read famous last words, and because of this he brings the offbeat insight of these last words with him to the prep school. At the school, he meets his new friends The Colonel, Takumi and Alaska.

In true Green fashion, the quirky boy falls head over heels for the funky and eccentric girl despite her disinterest. Girl turns boy’s world upside-down with her own literary-fueled passions that force him to think outside of his box.

Girl leads the boys on adventures and they all grow a little at a time. But, it’s not a Green novel without a complete tragedy, and Green delivers, but to avoid spoilers I’m going to stop there. Green takes you through the misadventures, silly mistakes and the mental expansion of the introverted mind that is Miles Halter.

He then throws you for a loop and explores what grief means for a kid who’s never had to deal with it before and shows how to not lament the “what-could-have-been” and instead appreciate the way life is. For in the end, everyone goes their own way.

I totally just gave away part of the ending, but the book is still worth reading, and the ending will resonate with everyone. Also, it’s in the University Store.

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