Title: Looking For Alaska
Author: John Green
Rating: 5 stars
Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.
After. Nothing is ever the same.
I just finished my second John Green novel a while ago, with Alaska’s question in my mind: “How will you- you personally- ever get out of this labyrinth of suffering?”. As a reader, I observed how Pudge, the protagonist, answered the question. Sure, there are a lot of cliches and mysteries in life, but the questions are, How can you unravel them? How can you give those cliches a new meaning?
I totally agree with Pudge’s explanation, that the way out of the labyrinth is through forgiveness. Life can be a labyrinth. No, life is a labyrinth. You can be on the wrong path or the right one, all of them will be based on your decisions. You make mistakes, hurt people and all that. You feel burdened but those heavy feelings can be taken down with repentance. You learn to forgive yourself so that you make yourself worthy of forgiveness.
Pudge’s obsession with a person’s last words struck me as a unique and interesting habit. Alaska quite resembled me in her happy-go-lucky, easygoing and bibliophile personality. The book itself was interesting which made me hang on. Humor, drama and action was present. Some scenes may put you into the edge. However, I wasn’t all emotional like I was with TFiOS (maybe because I was in the room with my sister and I just don’t want her to see me all teary). If I was alone, though, I probably did.
I highly recommend this book to all of you out there.
Shall be off to another John Green novel sometime. :)