Looking for Alaska

John Green is getting a lot of notoriety lately, mostly for The Fault in Our Stars. I have read three of his books now (The Abundance of Katherines being the first), and Looking for Alaska is by far my favorite. It is also one I have never heard anyone speak of. The only way I found it was because it popped up on my library’s ebook website.


This is another Young Adult fiction book about kids in boarding school. Is that a common thing? I keep reading about it, but I’ve never known anyone who attends, especially Americans! We all went to good ol’ public school here in Indiana. Anyways…a group of kids in boarding school down in Alabama. Up to no good, obviously, like any teenagers you know.

Of course, because it’s John Green, you will want to throw the book out the window at the end. And you will cry. There’s just no helping it. I don’t know how he does it, but Green elicits such a huge emotional reaction out of books about normal situations. Say what you want about him–the man has talent.

I will leave you with a quote from the end of the book, because my husband is putting dinner on the table and I need to log off.

“So I know she forgives me, just as I forgive her. Thomas Edison’s last words were:  ‘It’s very beautiful over there.’ I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.”

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