Thursday, June 17, 2010
Book Recommendation - Looking for Alaska
Blurb from Goodreads: "Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave "the Great Perhaps" even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy 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. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then . . . After. Nothing is ever the same."
I have heard so many great things about John Green, and I've had this book on my to-be-read list for a long time. Well, I finally got around to reading it and -- amazing.
I was hooked from the start by the voice of our narrator, Pudge. Instantly he was important to me, and I really cared about what he had to say. The story of Culver Creek Boarding School is so real and raw it is impossible not to be sucked into it. I laughed out loud at several spots through the book, squirmed uncomfortably at several more.
John Green immerses you right back into that teenage mindset with flawless skill. These were kids I'd have known in school, would have loved, and never once did I feel they faltered from the true essence of teenagers.
If you haven't read this book, you need to. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll finish with every expectation fulfilled.