"I Go To Seek A Great Pehaps."

13 Aug 2013

 As I Promised in 'My current favourites', I said I would be posting a small Review on the book 'Looking For Alaska'. After reading 'The Fault In The Stars' by John Green, I was eager to read another of his. When it came to choosing, Looking For Alaska didn't really attract me; just because of how hyped it had become and how through what people had already told me, I felt the story line was ruined. I carried on looking for new books but I'm a sucker for a good offer and when it became available on the 3 for 2 offer in Waterstones, I was sucked in. From reading it, it had definitely not been ruined by anyone! It was actually completely different to what I was expecting. It's a very modern approach on a love story and how, from the likes of 'Romeo & Juliet', we feel love is something that is basically given to you on a plate, whereas this showed how love isn't always like that and it isn't the whole seeing a beautiful human being across the room cliche- it is a real romance. It isn't all focused on love, it focuses on a journey of a boy, Miles (whose nickname becomes Pudge) who goes from being a nobody and an outsider, to somebody surrounded by friends who mean the world to him when he moves to a boarding school in Alabama where his life is changed mainly because he meats a girl named Alaska as he goes on his own little journey to find a 'Great Perhaps'.

The book is split into chapters as normal but it is also split up into 'Before' and 'After' which you can probably guess what this represents but if you can't I won't spoil it for you! Once I started the 'After' section of the book, I felt that the good part of the book was over and that I would not enjoy the last few pages of the book if I'd put it down and picked it back up again.I felt that nothing else would really happen and it was basically just a very long ending.This really wasn't the case and it was just as good as the 'Before' section; so if you decide to read this yourself, don't be afraid to put it down and  don't feel you need to stay up till 4am to finish it like I did.
(Source: We Heart It)

I really would recommend this book! I wouldn't call this book or my taste in books 'teen fiction' but that's what the book shops say so if you like teen fiction I definitely think you should give this book ago! The way John Green writes is amazing; the way he manages to get across the characters personalities, bring them to life and capturing that sense of humanity that some authors fail to achieve. This book takes you on an emotional roller coaster- so I wouldn't recommend reading this in a public place!
I know books that I feel if you like this you would like also. If you would like a book by the same author I would recommend The Fault In Our Stars by,obviously, John Green . A book fairly similar minus the romance and focusing on people a lot younger and the what moving to a new school can entail, I would suggest Wonder by RJ Palacio which really makes you think about the way you look at things and the way you look at life.
I'm sorry if this isn't the best book review as I feel it's one of those books that you can easily give too much away and ruin the book.Also this is my first book review on this blog so I hope you enjoyed this little review/insight into Looking For Alaska anyway! x

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