Finally, a time to be active on blogging again. Yay!! I’ve been quite busy recently. Mom came back from Australia so I have to spend more time with her, I got an online job, going back and forth on trips and the usual things happening if you’re busy (no
shit Sherlock @_@). I wrote this post’s draft about a month ago but I never had the time to finish and publish this. I’m really quite happy that I’m able to touch my own WordPress site again. So much for all the WordPress websites I develop for my client. -_-
As promised a long time ago, I am going post my thoughts about the young adult title Looking for Alaska by John Green. This is the second young adult novel that I’ve ever read. This title was part of the 5 books recommendation my girlfriend Darlyn gave to me. By this time, I’ve read other young adult titles including The Fault in our Stars, also by John Green. The Boneshaker by Cherrie Priest. A zombie-steampunk themed novel and I’m currently reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Paper Towns by John Green.
You probably notice that most of the titles I’m currently on are YA themed and I said a long time ago that YA is not my type of genre. Well this all changed because of my Beloved Half’s awesome recommedations! She made me realize that not all young adult novels are about sparking-vampire-with-a-shaved-armpit-teenage-boys and impossible-in-life-(really)-love-stories. There many (as in many!!) titles are are wonderful, even touching and life changing. Especially, John Green’s work which makes you think deeper and gather so many thoughts after reading. One title that made me rage (a good kind of rage) is Looking for Alaska. At first I thought I liked Eleanor & Park, but this one is far from only being liked. I LOVE this book.
As a summary: Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. Then he heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. – Goodreads
“When adults say, “Teenagers think they are invincible” with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don’t know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail.”
“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 Darlyn suggested this book for me, I have no idea who John Green was or why was this book titled Looking for Alaska. My first thought was maybe Alaska ran away or something. Or maybe it’s about a group of teenagers that made a journey to Alaska. I was all wrong.
What made me love this book are the thoughts that gathered up inside my head after reading. The questions left that makes you think of the possible answers yourself. The tragedy that happened. Is it really Miles’ Great Perhaps or just a start? What if the inevitable never happened? Would they still be the same? So many possibilities to think about. And I love how the ambiance of the story suddenly changed from wherever-the-wind-blows-type to serious in the middle.
Anyways. I’m giving this book a 5/5 for the rage it gave me. And I’m passing my recommendation to those who haven’t read the book yet.
A little spoiler: I want Miles to end up with Lara in the end. I really love Lara as a character. -_-
Note: My next book review would probably be Paper Towns or The Book Thief. Which, I haven’t yet finished. And also, many thanks to Darlyn for recommending me these wonderful books and for expanding my variety when it comes to reading. Love Love Much!! X0x0xO!! Forgive me but I feel so loved in so many ways by the time I finish this post. 🙂