This book is a young adult novel and because of the inclusion of coarse language this book might be better suited for a freshman (like me) through senior reading level. It is, however, an incredibly easy and interesting read.
In the novel, the very unsocial Miles Halter (nicknamed Pudge) transfers to a private school in Alabama. Pudge is obsessed with the last words of famous people. Alaska Young is described as the “hottest girl ever,” and she, Miles, and their other friends, The Colonel and Takumi try to get through high school. Every character is so in depth that it feels real. Everything is great for a short while and Pudge even gets his first girlfriend, but then the tragedy strikes. The cover of the book is of a black background with smoke in front of it. The first time I saw this background I immediately thought that the smoke was cigarette smoke, but it turns out that the smoke is from a candle.
I would rate this book at a solid 5 simply because it is pure literary genius. This novel is smart, witty, funny, sad, tragic, and so well thought out that it actually does feel like a work of art. It feels like a piece of art that needs to be titled “ The Great Perhaps.”
Reviewed by Basil, grade 9
Editor's note: As much as you all love the books of John Green, there is a lot more to him. Check out his biography, which will lead you to all his YouTube ventures, individually and with his brother, Hank. He's a pretty cool guy!