Books Set in the South, Fiction, Green-John, Mystery, Romantic Fiction, Social Commentary

#721 Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alaska by John GreenLooking for Alaska by John Green

Miles decides to go to boarding school, the same one that his father attended. Miles was never very popular in his school and he’s very smart. He wants something different.

His roommate at boarding school is a boy who calls himself the Colonel. He is introduced, by the Colonel, to drinking, smoking, and Alaska. That’s really her name; she picked it out. Miles is dubbed with the nickname Pudge and soon launches into coursework and a wild group of friends.

They play pranks and they philosophize about life. The group grows closer together. Pudge has his first sexual experience with another person and generally experiences a lot of life in a short amount of time. They learn a bit more about Alaska before something tragic happens. Nobody knows why it happened.

Miles and Colonel try to piece together what happened and why. In the meantime, they plan an epic prank that would make any Alaska-type person proud.

What I liked

This story was definitely readable and that’s great. The characters are interesting. They’re not squeaky clean, nor are they bad people. Something major happened to them and they’re trying to put some logic into it, which is what we spend most of our lives doing anyway. We try to make sense of what life throws at us. Life doesn’t always give us the answers though and we just have to live despite that lack.

This book is also a little bit autobiographical to John, which is highly interesting.

What I didn’t like

This book had a bit on controversy surrounding it, which is stupid, because nothing in it is even that bad. It’s just another book threatened with school banning, because someone is too stuck in their lack of understanding about the moral state of their teenagers.


Boarding school would have been an interesting experience.

Weigh In

How much of your life do you estimate has been spent trying to make sense of life events?

Would you search for answers if you experienced a life event like Miles?


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