Looking For Alaska by John Green
When you’re looking for some solid YA, a book like this is your comfort food. It’s a boarding school novel (it seems life always becomes amazing when you go away to boarding school), it’s a finding an awesome best friend novel, and it’s a serious topic novel – a fantastic YA mix! Maybe it’s because I’ve never been to a boarding school, but these 16 year olds lived in an entirely different world than I had at 16, than I ever had. These kids are doing more than running their own lives, they’re running an entire other culture that even has an economy. It kind of makes me depressed to think of 16 year olds having such sophisticated fulfilling lives.
Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole existence has been one long nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (Francois Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, 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, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.
After. Nothing is ever the same.