Looking for Alaska review

by Brisa Muscaglione, Editor-in-Chief

Author: John Green

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Published: March 03, 2005

Rating: 10/10


“So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.”

Written by New York Times bestselling author, John Green, Looking For Alaska tells a tale about intellectual, shy Miles Halter and his journey to his “Great Perhaps.”

In order to find his “Great Perhaps,” Halter decided he wanted to attend boarding school. At this boarding school, he met some friends: Chip “The Colonel” Martin, Takumi Hikohito, Lara Buterskaya, and the mysterious Alaska Young.

Things were going great for Miles; he hung out with his friends, went to his classes, pulled pranks, etc… Until one day, he foolishly falls for the reckless Alaska.

There was a certain aura about Alaska. She was impulsive, careless, mysterious.. the list goes on. But, she was also incredibly beautiful and had a smile that could light up an entire city. Miles instantly fell for her, even knowing that Alaska had a boyfriend.

Alaska had a dark past, leading her to pursue some rather self-destructive hobbies. Drinking and smoking were favorite pastimes, aside from playing with Miles’ emotions. It’s obvious that Alaska was an extremely unhappy girl, looking for anything to make her life a little shorter:

“Y’all smoke to enjoy it, I smoke to die.”

Noticing how twisted and dark Alaska has only made Miles fall deeper in love than he already was. He wanted to unfold every little part of her mind in hopes of figuring out who she really was.

Reading Looking For Alaska to me was like being on a rollercoaster. There were far too many points in the story that made me want to curl up in a ball and cry, wishing to find someone with as much love for me as Miles had for Alaska. Besides that, I have to say that this novel has most definitely become a staple book in my collection.