Looking for Alaska is a beautiful novel that uncovers the brutal reality of living, loving and growing up.
The book is centred around the protagonist Miles Halter, also referred to as ‘Pudge’ throughout the novel, who moves from his home, friends and family in Florida to a boarding school named Culver Creek in Alabama. Miles is surrounded by many different characters as he enters Culver Creek; there are cliques, including those who stay there 24/7, who ultimately befriend Miles. His circle of friends is automatically portrayed as unique, from Takumi, Japanese with a Southern accent, Lara, a Romanian immigrant who becomes Miles’ girlfriend for all of a day, and of course, Miles’ roommate, Chip ‘Colonel’ Martin, who appears sarcastic and slightly insane but is nonetheless brilliant. And most importantly, the eponym of the book and for Miles, “the hottest girl in human history”: Alaska Young. Miles’ life has been nothing out of the ordinary until he meets Alaska Young, who irrevocably steals his heart and changes his life forever.
Alaska’s forceful personality leads the rest of the group into a whirlwind of emotions with a shattering tragedy along the way, leaving Miles wondering if he can ever escape the “hurricane” that is Alaska Young.
Although slightly predictable, Looking for Alaska captures Miles’ journey, one that many teenagers embark on when forging their future; heartfelt and honest, Green has created a novel that will help younger readers asses their future and think about the adventures that they are sure to come across.
It may not leave you sobbing like The Fault in Our Stars, but Looking for Alaska is a novel that will certainly stay with you forever.