Monday, July 21, 2014

Teen Review: John Green

No, NOT TFIOS! (smiley face from the editor)

Title: Looking for Alaska
Author: John Green
Number of pages: 221
Genre: Realistic Fiction/Coming of Age
Series: No
Reading Level: High School
Reviewed by: C. G., 9th grade

Looking for Alaska has been brought to us by the exceptionally talented John Green, who has also brought us such works as The Fault in Our Stars (which was spectacular by the way). It has won the Printz Honor for excellence in young adult literature from the American Library Association, as well.

First off, I think I ought to mention that Alaska is not the place, but rather a girl in high school. The story, however, follows Miles “Pudge” Halter’s recollections of his junior year at a boarding school in Alabama. He is nothing short of reclusive when he suddenly finds himself surrounded by friends when he starts going to a boarding school called Culver Creek.

The book is divided into a "Before" and an "After"; like a Part One and Two. So the entire time that you are reading, you are trying to figure out what the major turning point is; at least I was! So whereas "Before" is leading up to the event, "After" is how Pudge’s life changes because of it and trying to find out exactly what happened and why. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so I should just stop right there.

Another thing I noticed was that all of the five main characters within this novel are so well thought out and different from each other. It creates not only diversity, but a different dimension. I should expect nothing less from John Green material. Although the five friends are "corrupt" in a way, they are still very smart and intellectual.

The entire 221 pages were well worth my time, and the theme of the book is something memorable; similar to "ignorance is dangerous." This book not only deserves a 5 out of 5 but earns it. You go, John Green! Also, if you read and liked The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I highly recommend this book.

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