Title: Looking For Alaska
Author: John Green
Year of Release: 2005
Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter's existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" (Francois Rebelais, poet) even more. He heads of to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.
After. Nothing is ever the same.
Defined by answers about life and death after a fatal accident, this book is written by a writer of amazing talent. As hinted in the blurb above, this book is an original piece of work as it is split into a before and after, both revolving around one tragic event. This book was insightful (even poetic at times), had well-written characters and was instantly captivating. We are reading a story about a boy called Miles who moves to a boarding school where he finds out what it's like to have friends and crushes, smokes his first cigarette and gets drunk with his roommate. He meets a girl called Alaska with quirks and beauty. She's self-destructive and impulsive and surprises her friends everyday by doing something crazy no one expects. Pulling pranks and being original is her forte and she tends to just do whatever the hell she wants whenever she wants but that's why she's beautiful. Miles falls for her like most other guys who meet her, and she flirts with him shamelessly even though she loves her boyfriend. I'm going to keep this review short and finish by saying that this book is incredible and I would recommend it, especially if you liked The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.