Looking for Alaska | Book Review


By: John Green

Standalone | 221 Pages | Pub. 2006

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Looking for Alaska at a Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★★
  • Heroine: The girl we all actually want to be
  • Dude: Boy next door
  • Steaminess: Uncomfortable, yet true
  • Emotional: Way too close to home

Pairs Well With

We won’t drink with this one…


“Sometimes I don’t get you,’ I said.
She didn’t even glance at me. She just smiled toward the television and said, ‘You never get me. That’s the whole point.”

I have no idea how I feel about this book. I probably should wait to write this review and reflect a bit first, but I don’t know if that would actually help.

I gave this four stars because Green is an excellent writer. The command he has over words is astounding, the layout of the book is haunting and the overall execution was a solid 5 stars. I deducted a star because I don’t think that it made me feel the way that I was supposed to feel. While I see the heartbreak in what happens and the grief that followed, I didn’t have that moment of connection. When I five-star a book, it means that I closed it and said “wow” to myself. That didn’t happen here.

Pudge goes to a boarding school where just about everyone is a genius. He meets the Colonel and Alaska, who are supposed to be these wacky and unique characters, but they seemed more like teenagers who are just trying to figure out their own place in life. For the first half of the book, their group plays pranks and gets into normal teenage trouble, but you know that something big is coming. (The headers for the chapters countdown in days). The big thing, obviously changes the tone and the trajectory of the story, as it should.

I am curious to see if others who have been through tremendous and sudden heartbreak in their lives connect to this or if it is for the lucky few who are yet to experience that. We all grieve differently and it is such a personal process that this book, about grief, won’t connect with all of us.

See, I probably should have waited to write this, since it doesn’t even resemble a review.

Have you read Looking for Alaska? Let us know what you thought in the comments!


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5 thoughts on “Looking for Alaska | Book Review

  1. I honestly wasn’t too fond of this book. I do like John Green, but this one was a miss for me. I’m just not sure about the story itself. It’s hard to explain, but I wasn’t looking for a happy ending or a love story to come true. This just seemed so…I don’t know off to me. Like I said, hard to explain.

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  2. There is a wisdom in letting a book settle on you for a minute before writing a review, I’ll grant you, BUT I also love reading these kind of impressionist posts. It can help sometimes, I think – firstly because people who have read the book and came out of it feeling the same way feel seen, but also because it helps you sort through your thoughts. Even if it doesn’t: some books just never “land” or “click”, and that’s okay 😃 Thank you for sharing!


  3. I think first impressions are incredibly valid and this review was very useful for me! I enjoy John Green’s writing but haven’t been necessarily drawn to pick this one up, and I think I may keep it that way. Nothing wrong with it, but it doesn’t feel like a book for me, you know? And with your feelings, and our tastes being so similar, I think you confirmed my hesitation.

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