I have now read all the John Green books… (well sort of… I have Let It Snow to read but its a Christmas book so…)
“In the dark beside me, she smelled of sweat and sunshine and vanilla, and on that thin mooned night I could see little more than her silhouette, but even in the dark, I could see her eyes – fierce emeralds. And not just beautiful, but hot too.”
Alaska Young. Gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, screwed up – and utterly fascinating. Miles Halter could not be more in love with her. But when tragedy strikes, Miles discovers the value and pain of living and loving unconditionally.
Nothing will ever be the same.
Miles wants to seek his Great Perhaps so he decides to go to Culver Creek boarding school, where his dad once went.
While there he meets his roommate Chip aka The Colonel, Takumi and Alaska.
Instantly Miles is in love with Alaska. She’s gorgeous, clever, funny and totally and utterly screwed up.
Miles learns a few life lessons from Alaska, including his first blow job from Lara, aswell as other things.
But underneath Alaska’s charm, hides a girl whose moody and depressed and her friends don’t know how to handle it.
After a school prank and a few drinks, Alaska gets pretty drunk, gets it on with Miles, has a phone call and totally flips out.
Then tragedy strikes.
And then Miles, the Colonel, Takumi and Lara have to figure out what made her do what she did and they’ll find out that they didn’t really know Alaska as much as they thought…
This book was a bit of a mystery. But I think towards the end, I kind of understood Alaska.
I liked all the characters in this and in a way you could relate to all of them. I like how John Green writes about teenagers that you can relate too because it feels like you really know them, that they are not just fictional characters.
Even though Miles was the new kid, you could see how strong they were as a group and how much they relied on each other. I loved Miles and the Colonel’s banter between each other and how their friendship was there from the start, as soon as they saw each other.
And Alaska… I could tell the signs of her depression right away. Her highs and her lows and the way she drew into herself.
When you realise what she forgot, I understood in a way why she did it, why she felt the need to do that. It was a shame, a terrible shame, but when you get into her mindset you can see why. She was a deeply troubled girl and you feel sorry for her, aswell as wanting to save her.
And the guilt they the others all felt wad realistic too. Their grief and how they all coped with it was believable.
John Green really has a talent for writing about teenagers. The highs and lows that we all go through, the way we fall in love and the way we all go through stages and friendships and different categories in high school.
I love how he writes these characters, how he makes them apart of your life and how you hope that all these characters finally get an ending that they want.
John Green… you are amazing!
5 out of 5 stars