Looking For Alaska – Book Review

Title: Looking For Alaska

Author: John Green

Length: 262

Genre: YA Fiction, romance, comedy, drama,

Release Date: 1 April 2011

Publisher: Harper Collins

Description: Miles has a pretty boring life in his eyes, so he decides to go to boarding school in the hopes to find a bit more excitement and find some friends, as he currently doesn’t have any and it’s unlikely he will find them at his current school. Little does he know that the boarding school will change his life in more ways than one, some ways he never even considered and once he’s changed… there’s no going back.

My Thoughts: I’ve read both The Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns I loved both of them and I thought they were absolutely amazing! You can read my book review of Paper Towns here  and my film review here. I will hopefully review both the book and film of The Fault In Our Stars at some point. Anyway… I’m off subject. So I’ve read both of the books named above and as I said I enjoyed them both and Looking For Alaska is John Green’s first ever novel and I’ve had people telling me it’s the best one and that I should definitely read it (not that I needed their advice as I was already there).

I got Looking For Alaska for Christmas and I read it in a day (basically, I read like a chapter or two the day before), and the reason I did was because it was so damn addictive and intriguing.

At first I thought the story was kind of slow and there wasn’t really much going on and I found myself hoping it was going to get better soon, but it did and soon it became amazing and it was such a page-turner I just couldn’t put it down.

All of the characters were great characters, whether they were good or bad; annoying or interesting; I found myself loving them all and being able to relate to them, feeling like I knew them, like I too went to that boarding school and shared experiences with them. And they were all written well for the type of person they were supposed to be.

One of the thing’s I love most about John Green’s writing, in fact the one thing I love most about John Green’s writing, is how philosophical it is – the way he talks about life, death, love, friendship and all the other things in between and the thing is he always says the exact thing that I think about all the time and therefore I can relate so much more to the book, and I know I probably think what a lot of teenagers think but I just feel so much more connected to the book and to the world and society when I read John Green’s books because I know that I’m not alone in the confusing thoughts that I sometimes have, and that other people think about the confusing thing that is life too. And it’s just so inspiring to read John Green’s books and I have loved every one of them and I will love every other one that I read and I really hope he doesn’t stop writing anytime soon because his books are one of the many great joys in my life.

My only criticism, and it’s a tiny criticism that I don’t hugely care about but it was a lot like Paper Towns but I loved Paper Towns so it’s not even a criticism really just an observation. But I liked it. No, I loved it.

I really hope they make a film of this book because I can just imagine how amazing it would be (I call dibs on playing the part of Alaska!)!

I would really highly recommend going and reading this book and all other books by John Green because I promise you he won’t disappoint.

It was funny, it was sad, it was relatable, it was enjoyable, it was just great!

5/5 stars

If you have read the book Looking For Alaska then please feel free to leave a comment telling me what you thought of this book. If you were thinking of reading the book but weren’t sure and this review helped let me know in the comments. Also, if you’ve reviewed the book yourself please feel free to leave a link in the comments section and I will make sure to read it!

You can leave any comments you have on the book of Paper Towns here and any thoughts you had of the film of Paper Towns, you can leave those comments here.

Other Books By The Author: Paper Towns, The Fault In Our Stars, An Abundance Of Katherines, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (Co-write), Let It Snow (Co-write). 

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