With the reread of Looking for Alaska I wasn't able to determine which book was the best, but I was reminded about how much I like it. When I popped over to John Green's Webpage a minute ago I discovered that I am not the only one that loves this book. Several people wrote him fan letters YESTERDAY about how much they love the book. These fans are from all over the world. I'm grabbing the book's summary/teaser from Green's page in case you don't even know what the book is about:
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.- JG WebpageGreen is the master of taking a theme and threading it throughout the storyline. In this case he takes "last words" and "Great Perhaps" and weaves them in to all parts of the story in such a way as to add texture and beauty to the prose. In the end I found myself sighing due to the way that he drew them all together.
Here are a few quotes to give you the flavor of Green's writing. No spoilers, I promise:
“I wanted to be one of those people who have streaks to maintain, who scorch the ground with their intensity. But for now, at least I knew such people, and they needed me, just like comets need tails.”
“It always shocked me when I realized that I wasn't the only person in the world who thought and felt such strange and awful things.”
“They love their hair because they're not smart enough to love something more interesting.”One word of caution. Looking for Alaska is truly a high school (or beyond) book. It contains lots of mature themes: sex, drugs, death, and foul language. I would be hesitant to recommend it to younger teens, though, according to his fan page, many of his readers are younger teens.
I thoroughly enjoyed this reread of Looking for Alaska and highly recommend to anyone for a first or second go around.
Later, in PART 2, I will talk about my second reread, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, so come on back. in the meantime join in the conversation. Do you ever reread books? What has your experience been with rereads?
30 books this Summer Reading Challenge
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