Looking for Alaska is not your typical love story.
But no one actually said it’s a love story. We, the readers, just thought that it is because of the word “looking” followed by the name of a girl. Anyone would obviously make that honest mistake.
No, Looking for Alaska is not your typical love story, it’s a mystery with a dash of romance here and there. Most of all, it’s a story about good friends and how they found eachother, and themselves, in a much deeper sense.
You will laugh with the antics of the main character Miles, dubbed as Pudge, and his new found friends. You’ll feel the excitement as they break the rules, have your heart broken as theirs and in the end you’ll say, “it’s worth it.”
I admit that I decided to read this after finding out that a movie is coming out. I did not want to be disappointed in the movie (like with Paper Towns which the book wins over the movie in compsrison), but I decided that I have the right to enjoy the book.
And I did.
While reading, I kept asking myself when or why will Pudge be looking for Alaska. You’ll be asking how it happens. Where will she go? Why will she go? (Hence, reference to Paper Towns, to those who have read or watched) And in the end you’ll understand everything and finally say “He found her.”
Looking for Alaska is a funny, very direct kind of novel. A few curses here and there, scenes not suitable for all (especially the young) audiences, but a great read nonetheless.
I do recommend reading Looking for Alaska. Whether you’re a fan of romance or not, mystery/suspense or not, it’s nice to know you read something good than regret not knowing the story at all, right?