Miles Halter’s whole life has been one big non-event, until he meets Alaska Young. Gorgeous, clever and undoubtedly screwed up, Alaska draws Miles into her reckless world and irrevocably steals his heart. For Miles, nothing can ever be same again.
What I felt: I really enjoyed reading this book. John Green is an amazing writer and he knows how to connect with his readers on an emotional level. His characters always stay with you long after you have finished the book. There are three main characters in Looking for Alaska. We have the said Alaska, Miles Halter and Colonel (Chip Martin). They are all studying in Culver Creek Preparatory School and part of the same group with Tukami and Lara. You know how there is that one moment in your life which changes the course of everything. The difference between what is and what could have been. The story is written based on such a baseline. For first half of the book we have the lives of these characters before the event and for second half of the book is about how the event effects each and everyone of them. This makes it an interesting read.
The characters are very relatable and likeable. Our protagonist Miles is an introvert and lived in his life in a comfort zone. He likes to read people’s biographies and remember their last words. In short he is a weird kid. He lives his home and comes to a new school Culver Creek out of his comfort zone in search of The Great Perhaps. All of us have a hidden Miles, we all seek for life altering adventure, something to speak of for all the coming generations. Alaska is the impulsive, moody, full of life, wild child. But she also has her demons to deal with which make her such an interesting character. Colonel is the driving force behind the group. He is smart, school prankster, gives great importance to friendship but also has a devil may care attitude. He is the most colorful character in the book.
The book touches on different aspects of life like friendship, love, courage and keep living no matter what. The group dynamics kind of reminded me of my group of old friends and the pranks we used to play. The ending is open to interpretation. (SPOILER) I personally don’t feel Alaska meant to kill herself. She was a sensitive person when it came to her mother and for that moment she just had to get to her mother’s grave doesn’t matter what obstacle were there in her path. I really loved the way Miles deals with Alaska’s death. Just because you are not mopping or keep remembering them all the time doesn’t diminish the fact that they meant something to you. They are in your heart and that’s all that matters.
- I don’t know where over there is, But I know it’s somewhere and I hope it’s beautiful.
- We need never be hopeless because we can never be irreparably broken.
- But a lot of times people die how they live. So last words tell me a lot about who people were, and why they become the sort of people biographies get written about.
- Maybe there is something you are afraid to say, or someone you are afraid to love, or somewhere you are afraid to go.It’s gonna hurt. It’s gonna hurt because it matters.
I would give it a 3.5/5 👻 👻 👻 😜
My movie cast for this movie would be:
- Nat Wolff as Miles Halter
- Miley Cyrus as Alaska Young
- Ed Westwick as Colonel