Looking for Alaska is a fiction novel about Miles Halter. He is a Florida boy who lives with his family, however is going to a boarding school in Alabama, a couple hundred miles away. The book starts off with the chapter names indicating that a major event will take place and the story is a recalling of the days before this event which is there to provide context to the story and help you keep up and sort of anticipate the big event. The writing style itself is in a way as if this was a day-to-day telling of Miles’ life, which is meant to just connect the reader and the narrator and is done beautifully. Within the first few pages, we learn that the narrator’s boarding school, Culver Creek Preparatory School, is the protagonist’s first step in order to find some real meaning in life. He preferred to call it “seeking a Great Perhaps”, as described by the poet Francois Rabelais. Later as the book develops and the story line unfolds, we learn that this is in fact about his time in this school and what adventures he partakes in during his time.
I would like to tell you a lot more about this book, however this is a book one must read and not have much information about before reading since it ruins the mystery aspect of it. Some details about the book is that it is John Green’s first book he ever published and this was around 2005. He did include some of his own experiences within this book, for example he also went to a boarding school away from his home. Looking For Alaska is an amazing piece of literature about young adults and is catered to that audience. This does not mean that an adult can not enjoy this book. The book is written in such a way that i believe can accommodate most adult’s personal library. It has experiences most people face in life, metaphorically and literally, which overall makes for an excellent read. Plus there is nothing detrimental in reading a John Green book. -M