By Taylor Martin
Although it was published in 2005, Looking For Alaska, the first novel that the best-selling author, John Green, wrote, is still extremely popular with young adults. Nine years later and it’s still flying off the shelves. Teens obsess over the meaningful and relatable messages that appear in Green’s books.
When fifteen-year old Miles “Pudge” Halter left for Culver Creek boarding school to seek his “Great Perhaps” he was welcomed into a completely different world than he was used to. He was introduced to the Colonel, Takumi, Lara, and Alaska, his new friends that changed him forever. They showed him the life of drinking, smoking, and pranking. This taught him how to live on the edge. When a horrible tragedy struck Culver Creek, Pudge and his friends were forced to cope through their depression and learn that life will always go on.
Looking For Alaska is loved by so many teens around the world because of relatable the plot line and characters. Everyone has faced a tough time in their life and John Green represented that with humor and a lot of sarcasm. The sporadic deep quotes that each character says are the thoughts that teens have everyday put into words. The characters all have to go through problems that an average teenager would have; homework, making the right decisions, falling in love, and dealing with other kids. It’s as if John Green followed around a regular teen boy and wrote down his every thought and movement.
John Green is the author of many best-selling books, including The Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns. Looking For Alaska is a New York Times Best Seller and won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award. The average rating of the book is a four and half to a five. “Five, duh!” said sophomore, Katie Goodman. What stands out so much about this book is that even though it is a fictional, young adult book, it is meaningful and has soul.
It’s a “different kind of love story,” stated Alex Gabrielski, freshman at Viera High. Anyone who enjoys stories of teenage romance with a twist will enjoy this book. “It’s so incredibly tragic,” reminisces Bailey Antonition, freshman, “but it’s funny, sassy, and very witty in many ways.” It doesn’t rely on the standard plot of a love story with a happily ever after; it’s completely original.