Looking for Alaska


ImageLooking for Alaska
John Green
Ages 14+
Reviewed by Cassandra
John Green is very close to perfection if not perfection himself. Author of best-seller The Fault in Our Stars, Green wrote his debut novel Looking for Alaska with wit and poignancy. Miles Halter is a 16-year-old obsessed with last words. He decides to go to a boarding school in search of a “Great Perhaps.” There, he meets roommate Chip, a master prankster who despises the rich snotty cliques at school. Miles also meets Alaska Young, a gorgeous, intelligent, silver-tongued girl with a reckless sense of adventure and self-loathing. After a terrible accident that completely transforms the friends’ lives, Miles has to deal with the aftermath of searching for answers, but the truth could be painful.

I cried multiple times throughout the book. The framework of “before” and “after” the accident stands so true to how we measure time in real life, and the raw emotion on the page tugged at my heartstrings, causing my tear ducts to overflow. Green doesn’t hold back from crisply writing Alaska’s dark side in a brutal, honest, heartbreaking fashion. Readers somehow get attached to her just as much as Miles does. Alaska, Miles, and Chip are so vividly complex, and the plot is not at all forced, rather, it is character-driven. Looking for Alaska is the type of book from which readers emerge changed and moved.


Genre: Realistic Fiction

First Published @ County of Los Angeles Public Library


About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation . https://twitter.com/Cassandra_Hsiao

Posted on May 12, 2014, in Books Review. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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