Looking for Alaska by John Green

I’d heard a lot about this book; Tumblr is covered in quotes from it featuring people saying how it is the best book they’ve ever read. This gave me high hopes, and as is normally the result of high hopes, I couldn’t help but feel slightly underwhelmed.

I think one of the main things that I disliked about this book was its similarity to ‘The Perks of Being A Wallflower’ which I’d read a few books previously to ‘Looking for Alaska’. The similarities only lead to me getting the plots confused, with both narratives being a lonely boy who joins a friendship group of an older boy and a rebellious and very attractive girl.

There were, however a lot of things I liked about this book. I loved how rebellious the characters are- they represent the boldest and most tactical of teenagers who do what they want but are smart enough not to get caught.

Miles’ references to last words are really intriguing- it’s seamlessly intertwined into the story and it is obvious that a lot of thought was put into it.

The complexity of the characters and the depth into which they were written was very well done, leading to a much more pronounced sadness at the tragic ending.

I did enjoy this book, however I wish that I’d not read it so closely to Perks of being a Wallflower as the similarities between the two storylines irritated me.


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