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Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska
John Green
Speak, 2006
Audience: Older Teens
Source: My Own Bookshelf

From Goodreads:
Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy 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. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .
After. Nothing is ever the same.

Looking for Alaska was much different than what I was expecting. Personally, I could tell that it was Green’s first novel. And it won a Printz award! Can you imagine? Also, I totally understood why it is banned so often based on the content. However, what I didn’t understand was how so many people knew about it and its content in order to contest it. Interesting. Unfortunately, I didn’t like this book as much as the author’s other work. In fact, to me it had a lot of similarities to Paper Towns and I think Paper Towns was the stronger story. Nevertheless, I liked the quirky characters and lessons learned. Also, I enjoyed the “before” and “after” structure. In general, I am glad I read it.