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This is the story of Miles, a young man who moves into a boarding school in Alabama where he meets beautiful, brilliant, but deeply troubled Alaska Young. It is the story of Miles' friendship with Alaska from beginning to end.
Looking for Alaska is a coming of age story with decidedly adult content - drinking, smoking, sex, love, friendship and death. John Green creates an interesting cast of young characters and catapults them into very adult situations. He is not afraid to make his young characters face death in all of its complexity.
Parts of the book are humorous, parts are heartbreaking. At times the book seems to move a little slowly, and you can tune out then tune back in to find you really haven't missed much. The narrator does an excellent job with the male characters, but his rendition of Alaska leaves a bit to be desired. Frankly, he makes her sound at times like an empty-headed redneck.
Overall this book carries a message of hope. It reminds us of people who have impacted our lives profoundly, leaving deep imprints upon our hearts. It also foreshadows a certain peace in death, suggesting that where we are going may be more beautiful than where we are.
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Where does Looking for Alaska rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
In the YA realm, this is one of my top 7 favorites.
What did you like best about this story?
John Greene's sense of humor is delightfully sarcastic. The characters were well written and I felt like I was at the school, in the barn, at the basketball games, etc. with them.
Have you listened to any of Jeff Woodman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes. I enjoy Jeff's performances. I didn't "love" his Alaska voice, but it didn't detract from the story.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I didn't cry, but found it humorous and marginally sad at the end. Alaska was a little too self-absorbed and I didn't care as much about her charcacter's sudden ending.
Any additional comments?
I wouldn't want my younger daughter to read this due to the continuous drinking, smoking, and mischief. However, I enjoyed it as an adult.
98 of 117 people found this review helpful
looking for Alaska was well written. relatable yet y laughably fun, but by my definition, real
A good summer read. John green is funny, intelligent and his characters are complex and interesting. Reminds me of my gang of closest school friends. Great quotes, makes me want to go looking for the 'great perhaps' just like Pudge.