Looking for Alaska book review


So it was announced that Looking for Alaska is being made into a movie, which is some of the most exciting news I have gotten in a very long time! Looking for Alaska follows Pudge, a high school student  who goes to a boarding school in search of his great perhaps. Alongside Pudge is his roommate, The Colonel, and a mysterious girl named Alaska. LFA was John Greens debut novel. Greens writing style has not changed much over the years, even in his first novel 10 years ago you equal parts cried and laughed (though I won’t tell you why). One thing that has stuck with him over the years as well, and is very obvious in this, and is possibly his only downfall. John Green tends to write unbelievable main characters. In most, if not every one of his novels the teenagers often don’t talk like teenagers, talking as if they are reading from an expertly crafted script. In my opinion at least, that is his ONLY downfall. The most amazing part about LFA is the teenagers though, they truly behave like teenagers. They smoke, drink, break rules, want to fit in, have meaningless drama, pull pranks, and most of the time their biggest problem is school (a kick-ass school in this I may add). The dialogue is amazing, the story is heart wrenching, and you fall in love with every character. I could honestly go on and on about the beautiful description of the school and the depth of every last character… but just read it.

10 thoughts on “Looking for Alaska book review”

  1. Wow. I totally agree on you with how John Green writes his characters!!!! I’ve never truly noticed until right now! Maybe they are just super articulate kids hahaha. Out of all of his books, I think this one is the most quotable. I love ALL OF THEM.
    “The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.”
    “You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.”
    I’d love to be with someone like Pudge!


    1. The really interesting thing about Looking for Alaska is it is actually based off of a school that John Green went to, down to the smoking hole! So were the pranks, even the prank with the stripper. The teachers and principle are exact people from the actual school, and Pudge is LARGELY based off of John himself. here is a video of John walking around and showing us the school… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdjmNPlePVE

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      1. Ya if you you really like John Green you should check out his videos he does with his brother on Vlogbrothers. Huge, awesome community (called nerfighters)! They have been doing videos since 2006!

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      2. I’ve been subscribed to them for about a year now 🙂 I only watch their videos… I really don’t have a clue on their cool community unfortunately!


      3. Hey, the more the merrier! I am incredibly excited for the Looking For Alaska movie though. There was a screenplay written for it a few times years ago, but John could never sign off on it. He actually said many times that he hoped it was never made into a movie. But the screenwriter for TFiOS and Paper Towns is doing it and he loves her!

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