A book that is meant to be read for single time only. Once you read it again, I am sure it’ll knock off the book that’s currently on top of your favorite list. On the first read, LFA landed second on my list, I never really devoured it seriously cause I was reading a PDF file of it. John Green books are so scarce here in the Philippines, not until a follower of mine decided to send her other copy to me that I greedily read, voraciously ogled the book in it’s full printed glory.
Looking For Alaska, the seminal novel of John Green, his work that earned him a sure ticket to the limelight of young adult fiction. From the very first page, you’ll know that he’s one of the best on that genre, that he truly deserve that gold Michael L. Printz Award For Excellence In Young Adult Literature seal on the cover of the book.
The book, in my point of view revolves around two major themes:
- What it is like inside a guy’s room. Specifically the room of two not-so-ordinary guys. Chip “The Colonel” Martin who’s a walking atlas (He’s actually my favorite since I do memorize maps too.) and Miles “Pudge” Halter, the newcomer, who’s ridiculously obsessed with other people’s last words and who’s currently on his journey looking for the grandest maybe of his life. I’m actually always on the verge of condemning Mr. Green for putting every single truth about boys here in this book into writing. I was like "Take a break now, we’re not interesting anymore if you blurt out all the secrets of the Male race." Our guilty pleasures and our true view about blowjobs and other things. I have to commend Pudge for his skillful and witty narration nonetheless.
- The enigma whose name was Alaska. Alaska’s this typical girl-next-dorm-room. Intelligent, sexy add the fact that she’s a stunning book head, I’m gonna melt like a poor snowman if ever I met her. One of the things that I admire and praise about John Green’s style of writing is his prowess for consistency and spontaneity. From Alaska’s debut in the book (pg. 14 to be exact) he enveloped her in a certain impenetrable mystery that even her closest friends couldn’t decrypt and she remained like that till the very last page. I know, they all thought that they all figured her out, but I think, after reading the book, the search for Alaska is still on. Usually, I’m enraged whenever an author fails to wrap all the things at the end of the book, but when you’re talking about Looking For Alaska, it’s a normal thing to not to know about things and that it was up to us, readers, to figure out why she did this or that that dreadful night.
Pudge: Sometimes I don’t get you.
Alaska:You never get me. That’s the whole point.
A book full of rap, booze, smoke and porn but read, just read it and then POOF! Tears will fall, boys will be captivated and girls, you’ll love to change your name to Alaska. A book that I recommend to everyone who wants to enter the labyrinthine world of frenzy, teenage life and the true worth of friendship. I love you John Green, along with the other million Nerdfighters and your fans, I will kiss your feet if we ever meet, I promise. And I will forever be indebted to Jess, thank you for sending your copy, I love you too.