Reviewed by Maryssa ScarcelloLooking for Alaska by John Green, published by Dutton Juvenile, in March of 2005 and is a young-adult fiction. The setting of this book takes place in a boarding school called Culver Creek where Miles hopes to find his “Great Perhaps.” Looking for Alaska is about a boy names Miles who makes his way to a prestigious boarding school. At this boarding school Miles makes new friends and finds himself creating a new journey he never saw coming his way. Love ties, tears, pranks and plot twists from all directions. John Green poured his heart into this novel.
A very interesting a strong minded person in Looking for Alaska is a girl named Alaska. Alaska seems like she knows who she is and what she wants but as one may read more into this book they could see how that varies, she can be very moody or even boisterous given the day, although don’t let that change one’s mind on the way they see her. She may be both of those things but her dynamic personality really never changes. Alaska sometimes makes interesting jokes about crude things that could have a reader confused on what she could really be feeling in the inside.
One of the most immediate conflicts in Looking for Alaska is about how Miles faces finding his “Great Perhaps” or his “meaning in life.” Coming from a small town in Florida with hardly any friendships around him it’s easy for him to be unsure of who he really is and what he wants to become in the future. The whole reasoning for coming to Culver Creek is so Miles can find the person he truly thinks he is. Miles will eventually find this as the plot begins to thicken throughout the book.
This book seems like it could be very relatable for a reader because people seems to not really know who they are at some point in their life. Reading about someone who has been in that situation before might also make ones situation seem less severe as they may think it is. “We have to forgive to survive in the labyrinth.” (P. 218). This quote seems to fit the theme of the conflict shown because labyrinth means a complicated network of passages or paths in which makes it difficult to finds one way. Which could easily show how even though we may have to go through lots of different paths and places that could be complicated we must do that to find who we truly are.
I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I would recommend this book to a group of young adults, I feel like they could relate more to it than other age groups. I feel like this book can be hard to start as it seems to be slower at some points more than others, but it’s a great read! If you liked this book, you should check out The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, and Paper Towns by John Green. Thank you for taking your time to read my book review on Looking for Alaska, I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!