Saturday, January 28, 2012

Book Review: Looking for Alaska + a dog vomit ancedote

Ok, so I was commenting on blogs a couple of minutes ago, right? So I get up to, I don't know, pour myself some orange juice. But anyway, I get up, right? You following this? And there I am, walking through the kitchen, and then WHOOOOOSH I'm sliding across the tiles! I look down and saw that I had skidded through dog vomit! Thanks, Samantha! Best dog ever!

DISCLAIMER: I love my dog, and although she vomits frequently either on me or my school books, she is still a good dog.
My friend Gabby loaned me this book, Looking for Alaska by John Green. Thank you Gabby!

Here is a brief plot synopsis by moi:
So there's this kid Miles, and he's a skinny dork. He wants to make his life more spicy. He enrolls at the boarding school his dad went to and is almost immediately adopted by cool, smart friends who smoke like there's no tomorrow. He falls in love with this mysterious moody girl, and they plan these amazing pranks together, and then BAM the key part of the novel happens and you will sob your eyeballs out.

I make the book sound less amazing then it is, but trust me, this book is amazing.

My only problem with this book was the main character, Miles, AKA Pudge. I love Pudge. But the only problem is, boys like Pudge do not exist in real life. Like, honestly, when was the last time you met an ego-less skinny dork? NEVER! Because if Pudge existed, he would have girls like me and you who appreciate intellectuals dying to be with him. And then BAM there goes Pudge's humility. 

The beauty of this book however is watching all of the pieces fit together symbolically. This book is pretty much on par with To Kill a Mockingbird.

This is just a terrific novel. My favorite character was by far the Colonel. Just awesomeness.

So I rate this book 4.5 chocolate covered strawberries out of 5 chocolate covered strawberries. I guess you have to cut a strawberry in half then.
What do you guys think? Have you read Alaska before? Do you agree/disagree with this review? Have you read any other John Green novels? Opinions?


  1. Well, you described the book well enough for me to want to read it! I used to have a chihuahua who threw up all the time, mostly because he was always eating things he shouldn't and then running around all over the place.

  2. I love this book AND John Green, you should read more of his work, especially his new book The Fault in Our Stars. It is soo good!

  3. I can't wait to read Looking for Alaska. I love John Green.

  4. It sounds like a great book! My dog sometimes vomits if eats something gross, lol.

  5. Hey so glad you're back! I missed your blog :)

    I absolutely love book recommendations so I'll definitely check this one out. If you're looking for some reading material, I highly recommend The Future of Us by Jay Asher.


  6. Ah, I really do love a bit of John Green. I thought this was good, but his other book 'Paper Towns', I thought was much better. And his new book, 'The Fault in our Stars' is supposed to be amazing also.
    Glad you enjoyed it :)

  7. OHMYGOD!!!!! I LOVE John Green so so so much :') Looking for Alaska was the first book of his I read and I fell in love with it straight away, so I bought all of his other books and read them in a week. :D Paper Towns and the Fault In Our Stars are actually a bit better than Alaska, though. Especially TFIOS, I love it so unbelievably much :P

  8. I've never read a JG book, but this sounds like a good place to start! And I also really want to read The Fault In Our Stars, it looks a-mazing!

  9. I kind of disagree without you...I thought the really implausible thing was that someone as hot and interesting as Alaska gave a shite about Miles when he's boring, unattractive and average. Seemed very "wish fulfillment" to me.
    That and the smoking and drinking. I'm simultaneously amazed and impressed that a YA book that doesn't end in a searing critique of teens who waste their lives got popular. Part of me's like "Oh JG, stop making your characters do 'cool things' to endear to people" but the other half of me is like "YES THANK YOU FOR FINALLY PORTRAYING THE WHOLE ALCOHOL AND FAGS THING IN A REALISTIC LIGHT."

    I don't know if I liked Looking for Alaska overall but I certainly didn't hate it which for probably a good sign.

    Incoherent ramble, sorry, welcome back to the blogosphere at any rate :)

  10. I've considered reading this a zillion times :P also, my boyfriend is a skinny dork... although he has a tiny bit of an ego.
    I may give it a try now... it certainly sounds interesting enough :)

  11. this is one of the best books in the whole entire world. just saying. the colonel=awesome.

  12. i love JOHN GREEN :) have a nice day!


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