Looking For Alaska - John Green
I can't say Looking for Alaska had me at hello but it was pretty close. It was actually page three and this line,
"So this guy," I said, standing in the doorway of the living room. "Francois Rabelais. He was this poet. And his last words were "I go to seek a Great Perhaps." That's why I'm going. So I don't have to wait until I die to start seeking a Great Perhaps."
Miles, a sixteen year old from Florida heads off to his Father's old boarding school in hope of finding himself and the great perhaps. Once there he gets rechristened Pudge and meets Chip (The Colonel), Takemi, Lara and Alaska. Most importantly funny, clever, messed up Alaska.
The First chapter is titled One Hundred and thirty Six days Before and subsequent chapters count down. So as Pudge relates his introduction to life at Culver Creek the readers sense of anticipation increases. The closer we get to day Zero the greater the tension and menace.
Green uses Pudge's religion class and own experiences to explore issues of grief, growth, love and forgiveness. At times it feels like we are living though the story with Pudge and at times it feels like he is narrating what happened from a more adult perspective.
I really do think everyone should read this book it's just perfect and I loved the end. It's so hopeful. I didn't see how John Green was going to leave me feeling satisfied after everything that happened but he did.
There is smoking, drinking, swearing and sex but there is in life and even if your aren't partaking you're aware of it. I wasn't offended by anything in it and I thought it was pretty realistic but just a warning in case.
If you have read it I'd love to read your review so link away on Mr Linky. If you haven't run out and buy a copy now!