by: John Green
Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter's whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, 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, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.
After. Nothing is ever the same.
I recently read ‘An Abundance of Katherine’s’ and I just did not get the story line, or the book at all for that matter. For me ‘Looking for Alaska’ was more of the same. A quick read and somewhat interesting, in parts, but it lacks depth and originality.
I don’t know. Maybe, I’m too far in the middle of generation X to understand Green’s writing style. I mean, I used to be somewhat of a John Green fan. I did kind of like ‘Fault in Our Stars’ but come on ‘Paper Towns’ and ‘An Abundance of Katherine’s’ has almost the same plot as ‘Looking for Alaska’ (i.e. nerdy and extremely intelligent boy has teenage angst for a girl who is not interested). The main characters from the three books, Miles/Colin/Q and Alaska/Katherine/Margo are basically all the same people. Green also annoys me with how loves to choose one or more phrases in each book and beat them to death (in ‘Looking For Alaska’ it’s ‘The Great Perhaps’).
Ok, so maybe I’m a little biased because of some of the disparaging things John Green has said about Orlando ( and for the record I don’t believe Orlando has ever been a paper town with paper people). Again, maybe I just don’t get John Green’s but this book was just not for me.