April 10, 2012
Latest Read: Looking For Alaska
Book: Looking For Alaska
Author: John Green
Category: Young Adult
My thoughts ...
Short summary: Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words–and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps. (from John Green Books)
The good: The author really has a knack for coming up with unique characters. Miles, his roommate Chip and Alaska are at the center of the story. They all have these crazy quirks that make them unlike anyone I've ever known. But at the same time, they each have this vulnerable side that makes you think of someone you know or relate to them in some way.
The bad: Honestly, I didn't like much about the book. Despite what I just said about the characters, I couldn't really connect with them or the story. Miles as a protagonist didn't interest me (I also rarely read books from a guy's POV). He seemed to just follow what everyone else did or obsess over a girl. Namely Alaska. And again, I just didn't get her or connect to her character. Then by the middle of the book, the plot got too predictable for me. It's sad because I loved The Fault in Our Stars SO much and I wanted to fall in love with another of his books but deep down, I had a feeling this one would disappoint me.
Do I recommend?: I can't say that I do. But if you check Amazon, the reviews are pretty awesome so it might be worth giving a shot. Maybe you'll see something in the book that I don't.