I chose those books because they’re easy to read in English as well as in Spanish. You can read the Spanish version and if you don’t understand something you can always go to your language version to get what’s the meaning of the sentence. I’ve made a google drive folder with all the Spanish pdfs of the books and some of the English versions too (it has password but feel free to send me a message and I’ll give it to you).
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“What sings and soars in this gorgeously told tale is Green’s mastery of language and the sweet, rough edges of Pudge’s voice. Girls will cry and boys will find love, lust, loss and longing in Alaska’s vanilla-and-cigarettes scent.” Kirkus, starred review
Every January 10th since the release of John Green’s debut novel, Looking for Alaska, Green fans celebrate the Alaska Young Day with the presence of white flowers. Now, we won’t tell you why we celebrate Alaska Young Day, because we are not evil and refuse to write spoilers, but we will most definitely remind you to open up Looking for Alaska before it hits theaters next year. And for those of you who are already rolling their eyes because the mere sight of the words John Green irritate your bones we are here to inform you that THIS is the John Green novel that will change your perspective. Celebrate the 10th year anniversary of Green’s first novel with us!
By now, it is evident that John Green has mastered the Y.A. genre’s prolific coming of age theme. If you have not read Green yet, or are guilty of watching The Fault In Our Stars without reading the book, you will be impressed by Green’s prose and hyper realistic characters. We credit Green for injecting the genre with adrenaline and a sophistication in the last decade. He has redefined the prestige of writing Y.A. fiction.
Looking for Alaska follows the story of Miles “Pudge” Halter. Nerdy and intelligent, Miles is suffering from a slight existential crisis in high school. He is seeking the “Great Perhaps,” which are famous words by the poet Francois Rabelais. As of now Mile’s life has been uneventful and bland, until he enters Culver Creek Boarding School. At Culver Creek, he instantly befriends his roommate’s, “The Colonel,” friends. Down the hall, we meet Alaska, who inevitably introduces him to “Great Perhaps.“ Think of Alaska as the unattainable girl. She is the fantasy of every boy within her radius. Alaska is depressed, intelligent, rebellious, witty, lethal and beautiful. As expected the nerdy boy falls in love with the enigmatic Alaska, who has a boyfriend. Pudge explains it best:
“I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not f*ck, 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 a hurricane.”
Now that we have uncovered Looking for Alaska’s formula: nerdy boy falls for beautiful, troubled girl plus feelings of love equal a tragedy. Multiply it by feelings of loss and forgiveness, Green delivers an inspirational experience in empathy. This where Green excels. This is not a sappy story with a predictably, happy ending. There is a before and after, and in the middle there exists a pivotal moment in everybody’s life, which transforms them permanently. This is what Green explores. It is his edge, he embeds real life struggles and delivers the aftermath with sincerity and uncanny authenticity. It is raw. If you think this is a story about unrequited puppy love, you are mistaken. As important as Green’s plot is, his characters are beautifully alive. You will simultaneously hate and love them. For this reason, many young people relate to Green’s writing. He exposes all the layers of emotion and wisdom contained in a body, despite of age and experience. We recommend this book for anybody over the age of seventeen. Green is honest and gritty.
We are apologetic if we sound vague, but our one tip is if you want to read something honest and believable, pick up a Green book, especially if you are a young person. Green studies the human heart. Every Green novel is pure emotion.
I CANNOT fault this book. Absolutely everything about this book is beautiful. I don’t think I’ve related to a book on this level in quite some time. They way that John Green writes has this ability to encapsulate exactly how you feel simply in one beautiful metaphor.
Green writes about loss and coping with loss in such a delicate, simplistic way but yet he manages to capture all the emotions and the way it impacts people’s life’s. The way it consumes someone until they know why and how and who and what.
This is beautifully captured between Lara, Pudge, The Colonel and Takumi and their coping mechanism of being obsessed with finding out the details of what happened and why it happened.
It’s incredible they way that Alaska has such a collateral affect on everyone’s life - not just those who are particularly close to her, and this is such a reality.
I read this book in two days as I simply couldn’t put it down as I became so invested and connected to each and every character. They story itself had me engaged and turning the page like there was no tomorrow.
I know it seems like I don’t have a lot to say about this book but it’s one of those books that you need to experience first hand ! I could talk on and on about this book but I feel like it would loose its impact on the reader if it was all laid out in front of you.
I could not recommend this book strongly or highly enough
I absolutely adored this book from start to finish. John Green yet again had me hooked and sat on the edge of my seat throughout the entire novel. It made me laugh, cry and completely ripped my heart out of my chest.
The story follows a boy called Miles who moves to a boarding school during his junior year. He has hardly any friends and when he hosts a birthday party nobody shows up. He moves to Culver Creek and meets a mish-mash of individuals all with different personalities and interests, making friends quickly with his room mate the Colonel and a girl called Alaska. Alaska is clever, outgoing, courageous and hot…but she also has a boyfriend. The narrative follows Miles as he begins on adventures with the different characters and becomes closer to Alaska, finding out more and more about her during one summer when they both stay at the boarding school during the Christmas holidays. But one night changes everything, leaving Miles with infinite questions and no answers whatsoever.
This was Green’s first novel and published in 2005 has recently shot into the limelight due to the success of ‘The Fault in our Stars’ (scroll down below to see my review of this book!) being made into a major motion picture and bringing his writing into the forefront of teenage literature. With rumours of 'Looking For Alaska’ being made into a film in the upcoming future.
The book received a 10/10 because I absolutely adore this book and highly recommend for you all to read it purely because I enjoyed reading it so much and made me want to be a little bit more like the character of Alaska. A must read for everyone this summer because I’m certain if you give this book ago that you’ll enjoy it just as much as I did!
Looking for Alaska (Special 10th Anniversary Edition) by John Green
This is just a review of the bonus content, not the novel itself. For that, check out my starry eyed review from a few years ago. Spoiler alert: I like the book at lot.
Actually aside from bonus content, the book design is beautiful. The binding in high quality and there is a labyrinth design on the inside cover. The cover is meant to be cigarette smoke as originally intended, rather than from a candle snuffed out. (Personally I love the snuffed out candle, but that’s neither here nor there.) The font and smoke has the same chalk-quality that the The Fault in Our Stars cover did, which I imagine was intentional.
The bonus content is: 3 “deleted scenes” preceded by commentary by Julie Strauss Gable and John Green, a new introduction by Green, and Q&A with Green answering common questions.
The Q&A: Lengthy and interesting. Tons of the questions had previously been answered on onlyifyoufinishedalaska so we can be sure they came directly from readers. Which is good because a lot of the time those Q&A questions sound like hastily written book club questions. Most of the answers were very candid, but others reminded me why some people call Green pretentious.
“Deleted Scenes”: I’m using quotes because these were actually early drafts, not scenes that never ended up in the book. Which was great, and I think even more valuable than including scenes we’d never seen. As a young writer it’s sometimes so hard to slog through a first draft, feeling that what you’re writing is garbage compared to the books you love. It’s easy to forget that the book we read are the result of hundreds of hours of revisions. By offering up flawed first drafts, Green is providing a really important reminder to his readers: No one sits down and writes a Printz Award winning novel in one go.
Final word: The revised scenes alone makes this book a valuable purchase. The new book design and other bonus content makes it worthwhile for diehard fans, and for new readers looking for the best possible reading experience.
Looking For Alaska is a beautiful coming-of-age novel that explores, quite unabashedly, the inner working’s of a teen’s mind as they grow up and find the world isn’t quite what they imagined.
The novel stars Miles Halter, a fifteen year old “good kid”. Miles is extremely bright, but never really belonged at his school in Florida; he has a knack for memorizing last words, and is fascinated by the last words of French poet Francois Rabelais - “I go to seek a Great Perhaps”. The novel begins as Miles moves to a boarding school in Alabama, off to find his Great Perhaps. He quickly befriends his roommate and a few other classmates, including, most importantly, one Alaska Young.
The book explores the labyrinth of Miles Halter’s quirky, idealist mind, and tells the story of how he learns to understand the world and the reality of his “Great Perhaps”.
Looking For Alaska changed my life completely. After you read this book, you will never think the same - it changed me positively and permanently. This book will always be the one you compare every following book to - and I have yet to find one to outdo it. Every teen needs to read this brilliant novel (actually, in my opinion, it should become coursework for an English 10 or 11 class).
Congratulations, Looking For Alaska, you’ve earned the first-ever “MUST READ” badge.
Such a beautiful story, Alaska Young is a typical relatable self-destructive teenager. A rebel who easily gets the attention and sparks from “Pudge.” It’s a love story and a sad story about friendship, loss, and chances you may never gain. One of my all-time favorite books at the moment. Tears and butterflies are a definite while reading this. John Green is certainly my cup of tea.
Short description, according to amazon: Sixteen-year-old Miles Halter’s adolescence has been one long nonevent - no challenge, no girls, no mischief, and no real friends. Seeking what Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps,” he leaves Florida for a boarding school in Birmingham, AL. His roommate, Chip, is a dirt-poor genius scholarship student with a Napoleon complex who lives to one-up the school’s rich preppies. Chip’s best friend is Alaska Young, with whom Miles and every other male in her orbit falls instantly in love. She is literate, articulate, and beautiful, and she exhibits a reckless combination of adventurous and self-destructive behavior. She and Chip teach Miles to drink, smoke, and plot elaborate pranks.
Review by Sarah
★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)
I had Looking for Alaska on my shelf since my birthday back in april, but I didn’t get around to reading it until now. I certainly wasn’t dissapointed in John Green’s ability to make me absolutely love his characters, to get me emotionally attached to his stories, and yes, break my heart. It’s a great book about the labyrinth of suffering, about brokeness and sadness, life and guilt and trying to understand why terrible things happen, and why they happen to good people. It’s all wrapped up in a wonderful writing style, which is deep and light at the same time and makes you want to underline every second sentence, yet also makes a hundred pages feel like ten pages, because they’re just flying away underneath your fingers. I loved Looking for Alaska. It is not quite as wonderful-but-heartbreaking as The Fault In Our Stars, but very, very close. It made me cry and yet I’m still very glad I read it.