Looking for Alaska, Looking for yourself
Most of you don’t read novels. Or you want to read but can’t decide which book to start with. What about a novel that is written just about you. You can totally relate with whatever is happening in there. So here is my suggestion. Try “Looking for Alaska”.
 There’s that one phase of your life when things come into focus, like your self-image, your relationships, your beliefs, your focus, your triumphs, your fears, your love life, everything that is you, and it is in your college years.
In his very first novel, John Green-whose ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ I read earlier-captures the feeling with quite a lot of freshness. Miles Halter is a freshman at a boarding in Alabama. He doesn’t have many friends and isn’t the most socially skilled person, and was frustrated with his life in school and thus decides to venture out to Culver Creek, in the hope he can find the 'Great Perhaps’.The guy from Florida is used to being one of the gang, but accepted for what he is, albeit after being wrapped in duct tape and thrown into a lake.
Also like in every college, there are two big gangs, the rich ones and then the others. So our latter gang adopt Miles, and within that group he finds some unique friends; The Chip 'Colonel' Martin, his brilliant but slightly insane roommate, he is aptly named: although he’s short and stocky, he’s got a gift for leading others and a charisma that brings the entire social network at the Creek together at the end of the book.Then there is Takumi, the guy from Orient, and ALASKA YOUNG, my immediate crush, “the hottest girl in all of human history”. These guys show Miles a different life.....one that is screwed up and filled with fun. When free from academics, they hang out just like us, while avoiding The Eagle, the school’s headmaster.
The experiences come fast and furious to Miles but his centre of gravity is always directed towards Alaska. She remains a mystery to both Miles and readers throughout the book. She has suffered a lot in her life and that sufferings often are reasons behind many of her decisions. Alternatively flirty and distant, friendly and angry, unattainable and available, the force of her personality leads Miles and his friends into labyrinth of emotions that after a shattering tragedy, leaves him wondering if there’s a way out.
The book is divided into two parts. New chapters begin on new pages, so there’s always a temptation to read just a little bit further. For the first half, readers will be grinning all the way. The second half is where you would be nudged to think about life, and would be moved, maybe even to tears.
Green has written an absolutely fantastic coming of age novel for us. Looking for Alaska is funny, sad, inspiring, and always compelling.