2010: 51. Looking for Alaska

“The week before I left my family and Florida and the rest of my minor life to go to boarding school in Alabama, my mother insisted on throwing me a going-away party."

Looking for Alaska, John Green

       John Green writes young adult fiction, and he writes great books.  This is the third of his books I’ve read, and I have truly enjoyed each one (he also has super awesome website that I am too lazy too look up the link too).  Looking for Alaska was his first novel, and it’s my least favorite of the three, but it’s still a great read.  It is the story of Miles Halter who decides to shake up his boring life by transferring to the boarding school his father attended.  There, his life begins - he makes some crazy friends, including his roommate Chip, and the girl of his dreams, Alaska Young (she named herself).  What I loved about this book is what I like best about Green - he writes about these manic pixie dream girls that his male protagonists fantasize about - and then he pulls out the rug on them, and makes them into real people with problems of their own.  So much of pop culture is about young men mooning over young women - and the women themselves are just about beside the point.  Here Alaska, starts out as the object of Miles’ fantasy and ends up a real (if sad and broken) person of her own.  Plus the book is funny, and a fast read, and sad, and heartfelt and a bildungsroman and all that good stuff.  But mostly I like how even though Green writes books about boys, the girls are real people too. 

Date/Place Completed:  June 2010; D.C.

Categories:  Fiction, Young Adult, Library Book

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