The story is very symbolic, and the underlying themes of suffering and purpose in life are present throughout. John Green doesn't sugar coat anything, and this realism peaks at an awkward sex scene. Having watched John Green on the internet a lot, I was surprised. He is very different as an author than as a vlogbrother and crash course host.
One thing that confused me was that the whole first half of the book is setting the stage for what the book is really about, and the second half was much better than the first. Throughout the first half, it is counting down days to an event, and I didn't know what was going to happen until it happened. I'm not sure why the first half needed to be a whole half of the book.
Overall, this is a great book by a great author.
I love the concept of the "Great Perhaps". I'm a young adult at heart. This book worked for me. I would have liked something more or something different as the ending of the book. That's my only complaint. The book kept me totally engaged and was well written. However the book faded in the end. I need a great beginning, middle and end.
I laughed out loud when the author described first sexual encounters. Hysterical. There were unbelievably sad moments in this book as well. I love a book that takes me through a wide emotional gamut.
I listen to many audiobooks and review the ones I find most notable.
This was a great book from John Green. I've read Paper Towns and really liked it. I thought this was better. This book clutched at your mind and heart. I did not feel sad at the end, although the book is sad in parts, but I did _feel_ and think. I was invested and I took something with me as we parted ways. To me, this is great praise for a book.
I have seen some reviews criticizing this book as not being appropriate for young adults. I disagree - at least for my definition of 'young adult'. Often these days that moniker includes 'tweens'. And I do not think this book is entirely appropriate for early middle schoolers. But I do think it is appropriate for high schoolers or kids about to go into high school. Yes, there is smoking, drinking and sexual acts in this book. But if you think your high school freshman is not thinking about or doing at least one of those things, you are confused. More importantly, there are consequences for this behavior. This book shows clearly how easily things can get out of control; how a single moment, a single decision, can change your life forever; how your life impacts those around you; and clearly shows how teenagers can have serious issues. All GREAT things for a high schooler to know, in my opinion. I am a mother. My child is not in high school yet. But I am certainly old enough to know good life lessons when I read them.
The narrator was great.
Yes, I enjoyed the story. It was interesting and well written. Prior to purchasing the book, I read several reviews on audible one of which contained very significant spoiler in the book. I found myself waiting for that moment to happen and couldn't focus on the rest of the story. I'm very surprised that the particular review was allowed to be posted.
The character development is great, and I really enjoyed their background stories.
I did not like the voice he used for Alaska. It sounded like an old lady that had smoked cigarettes her whole life rather than a high school girl.
I read The Fault In Our Stars before reading this book so I was expecting something equally amazing. Alaska is good book, but not even in the same league as TFIOS.
My first thought was how much I enjoyed this book. And I did. Just the more I thought about it after I finished it the more I wasn't sure exactly how much I enjoyed it.
John Green wrote a great book. Characters were great, I had issues with Alaska but part of me thinks that was his plan. Good story + great narrator = great listen
This was a really cute book and made me think about my son when he wanted to go to an away school. The things I took away from the book are you can always start over. Miles does not have any friends in his hometown and he wants to make things count. He goes off to his dad's boarding school and actually makes friends, learns about trust, and loyalty. He falls in love with a girl that already has a boyfriend and is emotionally damaged. Then tragedy strikes and you'll have to read it to learn what happens.
Pudge and the Colonel are great for each other as friends and roommates. I loved the the cast of characters and the boarding school pranks they pulled. The Eagle was hilarious and he just added to the wonderful cast of crazy original characters.
I recommend this book for anyone over 16 that likes camaraderie, fun pranks, self discovery, and some sad.
Life's good when I am listening to a great book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have worked with teens for many years and found Mr. Green's portrayal of teen males at boarding school to be believable and fascinating. The author is able to bring alive his characters. I found myself living the book as though I was a part of those kids' world when I was listening. I felt I knew the two main characters. I don't see where this would be just a teen's book. For an inside look into the minds of teens and the difficult dilemmas they may be facing without a parent's awareness, this book is great. It's good for its own sake too with many an adventure unfolding.
I love books.
I might. I enjoyed it quite a bit.
I would compare it to Paper Towns by the same author. I liked this one better, but love everything John Green writes.
I thought his voice suited the story and characters. His voice and performance never took me out of the story, and that is one of my criteria of a good narrator.
John Green always writes characters that I would want to be friends with. That definitely applies to this book. I loved pending time with them and was sad when the story ended.
John Green has the ability to write characters you can't help but fall in love with. Main characters or those outside of our focus are rendered full with nuances of realism that bring the listener in to their fold. This, along with the amazing talents of Jeff Woodman to make each character distinct without having to constantly introduce, makes it easy to feel a part of the story and care greatly about what happens to everyone. Good book, good listen, at times heart breaking and hilarious.
I am an avid reader, mother of two, fangirl, nerdfighter, Chicago Cubs enthusiast and NASA supporter.
I have had this book on my list for a very long time, but somehow it was always pushed aside. Well, I was an idiot. Looking For Alaska was just as good as everyone said it was. The description of life in the somewhat eccentric world of Culver Creek Boarding School was so well written that I felt like I might be there, myself. There was not one character in this story that I did not like, and that includes the unlikable ones. Alaska Young was more than just your typical MPDG, although I know that many people believe that about her. She certainly has some of those characteristics, but she was much more three dimensional that just a vehicle for someone else's realizations. She was also more than just the focus of Miles Halter's lust, but since the book is told from Miles's point of view, what we know of Alaska has to be discovered by Miles, and he does discover it very painfully. While calling a character a MPDG is the 21st century equivalent of being a Mary Sue, I propose that it isn't all bad to have a character that inspires change in a protagonist. To say more would be to spoil the story and I could go on all day about this and how I think that calling a female character a MPDG is a type of sexism in literary criticism, but I'll save that for another time.
This book was narrated by Jeff Woodman, who has an impressive number of books under his belt, including An Abundance of Katherines. His use of voice was amazing. I loved the way he voiced everyone, but especially The Colonel, whose personality really shone through in the voicing. It's always tricky to have a male narrator when a female character plays such an important role in a story, but this narrator did a fantastic job of reading Alaska Young without sounding silly. Since this book is set in Alabama, accent was also very important. Mr. Woodman did a great job with that, as well. Although this book would be great whether you listened to it or read it, I think that this particular narration really added to the story. If this is a book that has been on your list forever, as it was on mine, please consider listening to it. You won't be disappointed!