This is the only book that I read in April, and it was a re-read. Looking for Alaska is my favorite young adult novel, and it is written by my favorite author. I first read this book in my young adult literature class, and it will always hold a special place in my heart.
Looking for Alaska is not about the state, but rather a girl named Alaska Young. The book is written from the perspective of Miles “Pudge” Halter, a high school boy who, anxious to find “the great perhaps,” decides to attend Culver Creek Boarding School. At school, he makes new friends and experiences a far different world than the one he did before. One of these new friends is Alaska Young, the girl who lives down the hall and changes Pudge’s life forever. As always, I will include a quote, and this happens to be one of my favorite passages from a book ever:
“I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was hurricane.”
My rating: 5/5 stars. As I said, this is my favorite book. There is a stereotype that young adult literature lacks sophistication, and I think that this book proves that stereotype wrong. It writes about teens in a realistic way, embracing the knowledge they are capable of having and the love and pain they are capable of feeling. This is an important book that incorporates humor, mystery, drama, love… I would recommend it to everyone, especially lovers of young adult books.