Since I read Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, I really wanted to pick up more of his writing. Imagine my surprise when I discovered Looking for Alaska on my physical TBR-shelf on Goodreads.. Oops..
Anyone need even more proof that my TBR is out of control since I don’t even realize what’s on it anymore?!
Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words—and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called “The Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young, who will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.
I have to admit that John Green put my expectations way up there with Turtles All the Way Down. I know that it isn’t quite fair since there’s only older work of his to pick up and we all realize that authors grow over the years. Especially when it comes to their writing style.
That caused me to.. like Looking for Alaska less? I simply couldn’t get it in my head that it’s normal that this feels “less”.
“Thomas Edison’s last words were “It’s very beautiful over there“. I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.”
When it comes to the characters, I have to say that I loved them. Even when they got on my nerves at times – looking at you Alaska. They each had their very distinct voice, personality and quirks. It added so much depth to this story and I loved it!
As for Green’s writing, I already said it. It simply felt less than Turtles All The Way Down and it was so obvious to me as well. That might be because I read both books very close after one another, it might also be because those were the first two Green-books I ever read. Alas, I did notice it quite often while reading…
“When I look at my room, I see a girl who loves books.”
All in all I loved this book and I kind of hate myself for having focused on his writing so much but I couldn’t help it! I’ll definitely read more of his books though. Only this time I’ll be smart and wait a bit longer before picking up another one.
4 / 5!
And some fried burritos to munch on! I couldn’t convince my boyfriend to try it since we had just cleaned out our fryer.. Ugh.
I paid full-price for this novel. All opinions are entirely my own. I’m not being compensated for this in any way.