Miles "Pudge" Halter is going willingly to a boarding school. A choice he made in order to change his dull life and search for the “Great Perhaps”. The moment Pudge is stepping into Culver Creek Boarding School, his life is not dull anymore but crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring as the world of Culver Creek. But amongst the craziness there is Alaska Young, a girl that pulls him into her world and steals his heart.
When I started reading this book, I knew that tings wouldn't be about sunshine and rainbows. First because Miles was a deeply depressed teenager and because the title of the book made me think that something would go terribly wrong with Alaska Young. So I waited for it to happen.
The book was easy to read and I enjoyed reading about the teenage pranks and love. Even though Miles was the main character, Alaska was the spotlight. She was the one I cared about, the one I wanted to know better and Pudge was there to help me get to know her. I can't remember another book that I cared so much about a character that wasn't the MC and it was a nice feeling. Pudge made me connect with Alaska and that is great writing.
As far as the plot/story is concerned, I wasn't so thrilled. We follow their everyday routine at school and it was a little boring from time to time. I wanted something to happen other than the pranks and the inevitable I was waiting for Alaska. I won't tell you if it happened or not, but I'll tell you that I enjoyed the parts about religion and the old man who taught that course. Looking for Alaska has some pretty good characters that's for sure.
It was good book. Have you read it?
Here are some quotes. Enjoy!
“They couldn’t bear the idea of death being a big black nothing, couldn’t bear the thought of their loved ones not existing and couldn’t even imagine themselves not existing. I finally decided that people believed in an afterlife because they couldn’t bear not to.”
“Everything that comes together falls apart. Everything. The chair I’m sitting on. It was built, and so it will fall apart. I’m gonna fall apart, probably before this chair. And you’re gonna fall apart. The cells and organs and systems that makes you you - they came together grew together and so must fall apart. The Buddha knew one thing science didn’t prove for millennia after his death: entropy increases. Things fall apart.”