By: Dutton Books for
I know this book has been around for a while, in fact it was one of John’s first books ever published. I wound up skipping all the extras included in the anniversary edition, but the story was definitely inspiring.
As I read Looking for Alaska I had trouble understanding what the premise of this story consisted of, especially after *spoiler* Alaska dies. I thought that was the end! I thought, “What more is there? She’s dead.” Apparently I was very wrong, and although I understand that some people can be heavily affected by the loss of somebody close, I don’t know if this hunt for answers would have been what I had in mind for a person to do in order to find closure.
This book helps teens by teaching them empathy, although when you look at the coping skills by Pudge and Colonel, you may think they were on the verge of a breakdown, but when the mystery of Alaska’s death has come to be realized the two start going back to focusing on their studies and not feeling the intense guilt of being, slightly, responsible for Alaska’s “fast and straight” end.
Finding Alaska was an okay book, I can understand why it wasn’t super popular until John Green came out with The Fault in Our Stars. The story, although relatable, requires a bit more effort to look past a bunch of kids, who have minimal supervision, getting drunk, pulling pranks, and excessively smoking.