Hello everyone. I hope, as always, that you are all doing well. Today I am reviewing my second John Green book that I have absolutely loved! I must admit that in-between The Fault In Our Stars which I reviewed here and Looking For Alaska I did read An Abundance Of Katherines and it wasn't all that I was hoping for to be honest! Go check out my Goodreads for my review on there! Anyway! Today I will be reviewing Looking For Alaska which was all I was hoping for and more!
Looking For Alaska by John Green
The story is centred around a guy called Miles and as you can imagine a girl called Alaska. Miles begins attending a boarding school and meets Alaska Young; a girl with a troubled past that doesn't get in her way. The storyline focuses not only on these two characters developing relationship but also the developing relationships amongst their close friends. Miles has a fascination about famous last words which is constantly shown throughout the book alongside his longing to find 'a great perhaps'.
John Green takes the reader along with Miles, Alaska and their group of friends on an exiting journey of development, experiences and self growth with the characters. The usual teenage antics occur within the book which gives it a great element of light hearted reading at points.
The structure of the book is fantastic. The book is structured in to a 'before' and 'after' countdown. As you can imagine the paragraphs 'before' lead up to a dramatic event in the book and 'after' is everything after that event! This structure really builds up tension!
I would describe this book as a coming of age novel. I won't spoil the ending for you (as I always try to provide spoiler free reviews) however let me tell you that the ending links back to reality and what growing up can bring. The realisation that anything can happen and that the fun times of youth are often short lived.
Like many others have commented; John Green sticks to a formula with his books. He has a boy that is madly in love with a girl and the whole book is focussed on a journey. To be honest this formula works for him! I must admit I have tried to space out his books by reading them in between others or alongside bigger books as one after the other can make the structure of his stories seem repetitious. Overall though he develops them well. It is not like a 'copy and paste' of each story. Every character and storyline he creates is beautifully well devloped! Though I still don't care much for An Abundance of Katherines... Sorry!
Have you read Looking For Alaska by John Green or any of his other books? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!
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