Hey look, I can read a book fast, too! Seriously though, it only took me 3 nights to get through ‘Looking for Alaska’ and not because it was so easy to read or short but because it was enthralling. John Green really knows how to keep me interested and I am simply in love with the way he writes. That’s a totally legitimate think to be in love with, right? Good.
The novel is divided into before and after, each part covering a span of 136 days. Granted, the before-part is a bit longer due to exposition and everything; one needs to know who is who and all, you know the drill. I won’t comment on what’s the event that breaks the lives of these boarding school students apart because that would ruin the story for those that haven’t read it yet.
I enjoyed ‘Looking for Alaska’ immensely, I understand Pudge’s interest in Alaska, I mean I would have most likely fallen for her as well… Somehow John Green even managed to not make me hate the characters for smoking because that’s something I judge most people by, at first. (If you happen to be a smoker, I’m sorry but I don’t condone your unhealthy habit and you don’t like me judging your life choices, this is like a vicious circle. Moving on.)
I am sure everything that could be said about this wonderful book was already said at some point, probably way more eloquently than I could ever do so. YA novels never interested me as a teenager but as an adult I quite enjoy them, not that I’ve read many but more than I did as a teenager.
Instead of trying to feign intellect and an ability to discuss books (I’m serious, if you’ve read any of my previous ‘book reviews’ you know that) and instead leave you with a couple of lovely quotes that particularly caught my eye:
(1) “You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.” Especially the last sentence sums up my whole outlook on life.
(2) “[…] if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.” This is probably one of the most famous John Green quotes.
(3) “In today’s world, boys are much more likely to objectify girls’ bodies than the other way around.” I love you John Green!
I had two other passages marked but that would have given too much away in my opinion. Next stop, ‘An Abundance of Katherines’.