The first book I want to talk about (on this, my second post) is Looking for Alaska by John Green. Looking for Alaska is about Miles Halter, nicknamed “Pudge” (though oddly enough he is tall and skinny). Pudge is a normal kid who enters Culver Creek boarding school. Pudge is looking for his “Great Perhaps….” something that will give meaning to him and to his life. He hopes to find it at his new school. He meets great friends there: Chip “The Colonel” Martin, Takumi Hikohito, Lara Buterskaya… and Alaska Young. Alaska Young is smart, pretty and pithy. She captures his heart… just like she captures everyone’s heart. But what is going on with Alaska? What is her story?
Though Pudge is the main character of the story, Alaska is an important part of the book. Pudge falls in love with her. He spends his time mystified and infatuated by her and that is the central crux of the book. Pudge and the rest of his friends want to decipher why Alaska does the things she does. They need to understand her.
The book ends with an ambiguous note. It is up to you, Reader, to come to your own conclusions.
Green’s book explores a lot of questions. Who are you and where do you fit in? Who are your friends? What would you do for them? What do they mean to you? Finally, what is life really about?
This book is mysterious, melancholy and poignant. Green really gets into Pudge’s mind, a kid who is trying to make sense of it all.
I loved this book. It was serious yet funny. It was smart yet real. It was thoughtful yet irreverent. I suggest this book to any teenager who wants to read about love, friendship and growing up. Green is a great writer. I strongly suggest this (plus, his other books. But that is another story…)
That is it for now. Check back next Friday for a new post.
Yours with love,
Ava Lily Porter