Book a Month: Looking for Alaska

I mean, she is my soulmate after all… Looking for Alaska was just a book I quite liked the sound of, having read another of John Green’s highly praised novels The Fault in Our Stars a few years ago, but turns out it’s pretty much my best friend’s favourite book! I can see why of course, Alaska being the wonderfully energetic and bright, yet sultry, yet unfortunately messed up character that she is, she makes the novel one worthy of being translated into 30 different languages.

Written by male protagonist Miles, it’s a book so well written you can absolutely tell it was John Green’s first ever publication (in a good way!). The time put into crafting character developments is evident, and it’s a world just about anyone our age could very easily be sucked into. I’m most certainly late on the bandwagon on this one, but still, I think the mystery was worth the wait! An engaging smorgasbord of genres, Looking for Alaska is absolutely grounded in reality, and yet able to fit a little sensationalism, too. But be warned, it’s also a sad one! Nevertheless, I’d give it a solid 9 out of 10, romanticisation of smoking and all! (A popular theme of John Green’s, after all).

– L


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