Monday, November 24, 2014

Nicole Speaks: Looking For Alaska by: John Green

Every now and then my sister drops by the blog to join me in my book rambling and share her thoughts. If you want to know more about Nicole, click here.

Release Date: December 28, 2006
from Speak
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"Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter's whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" (Fran├žois Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same."

Nicole Speaks:
When I first started Looking For Alaska there were two things I couldn’t stop thinking about: 1. There was no way this would be nearly as good as The Fault in Our Stars and 2. There was no way I wasn’t going to be a puddle of tears by the end of this book.  And well I was half right.  

Alaska, Miles “Pudge” and Chip “The Colonel” were such an interesting trio.  They were all so different, yet similar at the same time.  They needed each other more than any of them realized and that’s what makes their friendship so important.  They’re there for each other through all of the rough twists and turns they go through throughout their time at school. They don’t have it easy, but they have each other. 

I cried… a lot.. and it was absolutely incredible.  I thought that this book was possibly even more heartbreaking than The Fault In Our Stars.  Now I know a lot of people wouldn’t agree with me on that one, but I have my reasons.  When you pick up a book about two sick teenagers with cancer you know it’s going to be sad, but in my opinion their love story and the fact that they had each other through their battles was amazing. They were each other’s strength and that isn’t heartbreaking.  By no means am I saying that The Fault In Our Stars wasn’t sad, but Looking For Alaska shouldn’t have been sad! They were a bunch of relatively normal, seemingly happy teenagers.  When you lose someone you were never supposed to, or never expected to lose it seems so much worse.  These kids would’ve had a long life ahead of them, but tragedy strikes and takes one of them away.  I don’t want to spoil the most heartbreaking part of the book, but the unexpected seems so much sadder than something you’ve braced yourself for throughout the entire book.  

This book was heartbreaking, but it was absolutely amazing.  John Green really knows how to break you apart, but keep you reading through it all.  I would tell anyone to read it, but be prepared to ball your eyes out and fall in love all at the same time.  


  1. It's been a while since I read this one but remember feeling the emotions as well

  2. I started this one and never finished it. The Fault in our Stars broke me. If this one does more than that - maybe I shouldn't finish.

  3. I can't wait to be heartbroken by this one!! I'm even more excited to read this now after your lovely review. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Nicole! <3

  4. I'm so glad you enjoyed Looking for Alaska, Nicole. I'm beginning to think that anything JGreen writes is a tear-jerker...but gold.


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