Looking for Alaska- A Review


This is my second book by John Green and this is really not like Fault in our Stars. It is his first book and that makes it more autobiographical. It is said in the first person narrative of Miles, and he says about his friends Alaska, Colonel and Takumi. They are all in the boarding school and they have great fun there. But these nerds are searching for something, and Alaska especially has some secrets.

Alaska is very bookish, but fun to hang out with. She has a boy friend called Jake, but Miles is interested in Alaska as well. And Miles is also for some time interested in Lara, but invariable he is interested in Alaska. The two major philosophical topics covered in the novel is about the Great Perhaps, and the other one is about getting out of the labyrinth of suffering. This is the main argument of the novel.

Alaska finds herself searching for these answers, as the novel progresses the reader understands that Alaska has gone through a terrible childhood. When she was 8 years old her mother died, and she could have saved her mother if she had called 911, but she didn’t. This actually haunts her for the rest of her life. But this all culminates into a disaster one night when she was drunk and was trying to sleep with Miles. She suddenly remembers something and she goes out. But on the way she goes straight through the cop car and is killed instantly in an accident.

Miles, Colonel, and Takumi try to uncover the reason for her death for the rest of the novel. They finally come to realise that Alaska had forgotten about her mothers death anniversary and she was going to her graveyard. But she somehow meet with an accident as though the way out of suffering would be Straight and Fast. This is the revelation both Miles and Colonel come to the end. But nevertheless it is a very good first attempt by John Green.   Looking for Alaska is a great book nonetheless.                                                             

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