It was a good day when I realized I could combine my two hobbies- reading AND knitting. Audible has seen me through many projects!
I want to be careful that I don't spoil anything- but I enjoyed this book immensely. The reader is terrific and I revelled in every minute I listened to this book. It absolutely covers the span of what it's like to be a teenager and the emotions and conflicts that are apart of being that. I am newly converted John Green fan, but man, everything I get my hands on, I love.
"... there are times when silence is a poem." - John Fowles, the Magus ^(;,;)^
A good first novel, just not a world-class bildungsroman that I'm going to push to have my daughter read immediately. Don't get me wrong, Green writes good characters and builds tight little novels (I can use the plural 'cause I've now read two). Sometimes, however, I feel a bit like I'm reading a Jennifer Egan MFA project: something clever, funny, tight but although it desperately reaches to matter ... it never quite grabs the matter. The Universe is a finicky bit@h.
This upsets me, because I really like the YouTube persona that IS John Green. It would be like falling for Mark Twain's personality and finding out he wrote only mediocre novels. My take is John Green is a C writer but an A+ promoter (not a bad thing if you want to make a living selling what you write).
As a friend of mine (Jacob) on another site said, "It's like emotional cotton candy. Simple and uncomplicated. They can make you cry without making you think, force you to laugh without having to reflect, and it's all so...upsetting to me."
This book was real, hilarious, gritty, soulful and touching in so many ways. I agree with the other people here. A great read for young adults -- and great for the rest of us, who have known these characters in one form or another, both in school and throughout life. Don't miss this one!
This book was so well written. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think. The characters are realistic, the connections between the characters are relatable, and the overall message is beautiful.
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.
audio book junkie
The first John Green book I read was, "The Fault in Our Stars", a YA book that transcended the categorization and could be enjoyed by anyone of any age. This is a tough review to write because after finishing TFiOS I bought 'Looking for Alaska' and at first listen it was clear that 'Looking for Alaska' was a YA book in a more traditional sense. It felt like it was written for kids which was a drag for me as I'm not one.
It's not fair of me to get down on John Green, a YA writer, for writing a book that is for young adults so I won't. I will say that he has a great, clear writing voice. His dialogue is smart and funny and really brings you into the story. I like how he has a running countdown throughout the book, to what? you'll have to read it to find out. It's a sweet simple tale that I would have adored as a teenager. As an adult unfortunately, I felt I was reading below my abilities.
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.