Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Genre: Young Adult
Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.
After. Nothing is ever the same
Looking for Alaska is one of those books that become perfect reads for teenagers at that age in their life, when they’re still trying to find their place in life. You know how at that time you feel as if you’re the only one in the world with problems when it’s silly little things that have you feeling so depressed. But everything’s just a little heightened at that time in life. So, this read is related to that time in life when you’re still discovering yourself and trying to outgrow your problems. It’s perfect for you if you’re around the age of 16.
“When adults say, “Teenagers think they are invincible” with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don’t know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail.”
I still rather enjoyed it. It made me take this trip back to when I was going through that stage. And it was very relatable which is why I think every 16 year old would enjoy this book. I also found it very entertaining. I laughed so hard at some of those awkward scenes. Miles is one awkward boy. But too cute all the same. So it does tend to make you laugh (up until bout midpoint where it gets a little serious). I actually thought it would be a light read throughout but I was damn shocked after passing the middle point.It got very serious and everything just flipped all of a sudden and all I could see was this ultimate sadness that managed to take over all these happy kids. So it’s really no surprise that the Before part was my favourite. It was fun, i was in the middle of all this banter and everything was great for Miles, the Colonel, Alaska, Lara and Takumi. They didn’t have a care in the world. Just going around pulling pranks and drinking and smoking and doing all this crazy shit because life was just so great. But then ‘After’ happens.
So that being said, I think this book would be great for many readers but personally, I feel it’s just not for me. I bought this ages ago and just decided it was time to finally read it. But I won’t lie, I had been avoiding it because I kind of already knew it wasn’t for me. I avoid high school stories because like I said they’re just not for me mostly. And this is mostly written for the struggle that people may experience at the age of 16. So yeah, it would be perfect for you at that age, with some very beneficial things which you learn along the way. I will still give this book 4 stars, because I believe it contains some brilliant things, therefore it’s not rated according to my enjoyability of it but I rated it on the actual content.
“Thomas Edison’s last words were ‘It’s very beautiful over there’. I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.”