March 07, 2013

Review: Looking For Alaska by John Green

Title Looking For Alaska
Author John Green
Publisher Speak
Published December 28, 2006
Read February 23 - 28, 2013
Source Ambur from Burning Impossibly Bright
Challenge 2013 Bingo Reading Challenge (Category: TBR Pile) ; Read-along Challenge ; TBR Challenge 2013

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John Green you literary genius. You might be wondering why it's a four star review, but I'll get into all that later on. I just wanted to thank John Green for writing such amazing books, and I look forward to reading whatever else he's going to write.

Alright, so we'll start with the bad side since there's a lot more good than bad. The one reason that I had to downgrade this one star was the pace of the book. Often times, I would feel as if nothing was happening at all, quite honestly, I felt bored. There wasn't much going on sometimes, so that's why I gave it 4 stars.

I absolutely loved the characters in here. They seemed like genuine people with so many flaws and diverse backgrounds. I loved the way that pretty much each main character had a past that they didn't like, and something they wanted to change. I felt that although family didn't show up much, it was still a key point in the story.

This books talks about failure and how sometimes it can drive people nuts. No one likes to fail but sometimes you just have to accept it, move on, and learn from your mistakes. However, Alaska's failure costed a life, and for that reason, she was such a flawed person with a past that she hated and loved at the same time. Alaska was a brutally honest person, but also very mysterious in her moods and especially with what she was thinking.

There were awkward points in this book where Miles, the narrator, had certain... urges. John Green wrote those scenes to be as awkward as possible, and it was almost palpable as I read it. I just can't explain how... AWKWARD... it was.

Other themes of the novel were sex, drinking, and smoking, issues that are quite frequent now. I loved the way John Green seemed to delve into these issues, and sort of show the consequences of what could happen. Looking for Alaska was a book that made me laugh, squirm, and most of all, broke my heart.


  1. I'm glad that you enjoyed Looking for Alaska, Leanne! :) I think I actually gave it 4-stars on Goodreads, too. :P haha I did really like it though, but I agree, at times the pacing was really slow. I also totally spoiled myself by flipping through the book and reading the little synopsis near the front of the book and seriously spoiled pretty much sucked that I did that, but I still enjoyed the book. I think I would've liked it more if I hadn't ruined the book by reading that synopsis though. I've vowed to never flip through the book information section at the front again. :P

  2. Oh my god, I totally just flipped through and saw this like "Discussion" section at the end that spoiled everything. I was SO MAD AT MYSELF. That's why I put it off until now, hahaha.

  3. Oh noes! Sounds like we both got screwed over by the content in the book. They should warn when sections contain spoilers. :P

  4. I KNOW! Honestly, WHO PUTS SPOILERS, especially one THAT big, into the SUMMARY. I just took the book and saw how big of a spoiler it was. Honestly, maybe they were trying to be discreet or something, but it totally failed.

  5. I don't know...but I am not a fan of them. :P Maybe, or maybe they didn't think it was a big spoiler, although I totally think it was. :P


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