Sunday, September 07, 2008

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Genre: Young Adult
Synopsis: High schooler Miles decides to go to a boarding school "in search of The Great Perhaps." During his stay there, he meets some new friends (something his life was short on in his regular school) and learns that even the smallest actions can cause great consequences.

I don't want to share too much about what I thought because I don't want to ruin the story for anyone else, but here are some quotes:

You can say a lot of bad things about Alabama, but you can't say that Alabamans as a people are unduly afraid of deep fryers. -- page 22

There comes a time when we realize that our parents cannot save themselves or save us, that everyone who wades through time eventually gets dragged out to sea by the undertow -- that, in short, we are all going. -- page 120

If only we could see the endless string of consequences that result from our smallest actions. But we can't know better until knowing better is useless. -- page 218

Though it is written for young adults, it might be more suitable for older teens than younger ones. The language is really colorful and there are a few sexual themes.

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