Week 11: Looking For Alaska Review

Hey readers! Due to the tardiness of the books I ordered online, my blog has pushed me to reread some books—something that I rarely do—and I must say that it is very fulfilling. There are some books which I read a very long time ago and sometimes you don’t completely grasp the essence of some given aspects of the book for whatever reason and rereading them just helps you understand everything better. Today, I’m going to review Looking For Alaska by John Green which I reread last week.

Looking For Alaska is a story narrated by a teenager named Miles Halter. Miles is a very reclusive and taciturn fellow who always finds it hard to communicate with people or even maintain friendships. His favourite pastime is reading biographies of legendary beings and memorising their last words. He somehow lives through his sophomore year in high school but that was it. He realises that life must have more to it than just having no friends and reading biographies. He seeks an adventure. A Great Perhaps. Enlightenment. And so he convinces his parents to send him to the boarding school his dad attended. Culver Creek. And off he goes.

At Culver Creek, Miles makes a good set of friends and meets Alaska. Moody, beautiful Alaska whom he always finds it difficult to understand. She can be very irrational. But really she is the most beautiful girl Miles has ever seen…

Since this is a very short read I can’t tell you more about it without spoiling it for you. But before you start reading it with the expectations that you’re going to read a romantic love story then let me stop you right there. Looking For Alaska is NOT a love story. At least not in my opinion. We have this stigma that John Green is a novelist who writes YA romance novels but that is totally untrue. No, John Green is a very insightful and esoteric YA writer and cannot be called a romance novelist. He has written six individual novels and I’ve read three of them—Looking For Alaska, The Fault In Our Stars and Turtles All The Way Down. And out of these only TFIOS was a love story. Because of this stigma and the title of the novel, we often focus on Alaska in the story but we forget that the actual protagonist is Miles himself. If Looking For Alaska actually is a love story then it is just abysmal. In my opinion, it is an esoteric story about Miles as goes on his journey through high school in search of his Great Perhaps and there lies the actual beauty and essence of the book and not in Alaska.

The ending of the story is very vague for some people but I kind of liked it. I don’t think it completed the story but it completed Miles, if that makes any sense. He let go of whatever happened actually found solace and bliss and the way to get out of the labyrinth and I think that is all this story is actually about. It is a very humourous novel, full of nasty high school jokes and pranks that I’m sure everyone can relate to. Looking For Alaska was a decent read but it could have been much better. It is very poignant and it had a profound impact on me as well but I wish I could see more of it. It kind of felt incomplete. It had the potential of being a masterpiece but that potential never came out. I forgive John Green for this as it was just his debut novel. Overall, it is a pretty decent read so I definitely would recommend it to all YA readers.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

3 thoughts on “Week 11: Looking For Alaska Review”

  1. I liked the book in general but I was not satisfied with ending. I completely agree that it could’ve been a masterpiece.
    Keep up the good work! 😊

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