Review : Looking For Alaska by John Green 

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.  (From: Goodreads)

Title:  Looking For Alaska 

Author: John Green 

Genres: YA, contemporary,

Publisher: Speak (US), 2012

Edition: paperback 

Pages: 221


⭐ Alaska star…

It’s from an Aleut word, Alyeska.  It means ‘that which the sea breaks against,’ and I love that.

Before I read this book, I’ve already read The Fault In Our Stars, Paper Towns, An Abundance Of Katherines, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson.  I cannot say I’m a huge fan of John Green, but I enjoyed his works, except for this one.

Out of these five books I’ve read, personally I like Paper Towns the best, or maybe Katherines.  (Will Grayson)x2 comes third.  The Fault In Our Stars comes fourth.  And Alaska comes last.  

I liked Paper Towns a lot.  I liked Quentin a lot.  It had nothing to do with the movie since I haven’t watched it.  I didn’t like The Fault In Our Stars and I didn’t even bother to watch the movie.  Two cancer kids instaloved and flew to Amsterdam???  Seriously?  Unrealistic.  Unrealistic.  Unrealistic.

Yeah, enough of other John Green’s works.  I’m here to talk about Looking For Alaska.  There is one thing and the only thing you need to know, and that is, I really really don’t like this book.

Why I Don’t Like It 

– it’s super boring 

How slow paced!  I fell asleep twice in fifteen minutes and I didn’t even read till twenty pages.  Hooray!  I should set this book on my nightstand.  

It was like dragging the whole story.  It didn’t catch my attention at all.  I was like…just read next ten pages to see whether you’ll like it…okay, still boring, maybe we should try ten more pages…  I just didn’t want to give up on this book that everyone spoke so highly about.

– sex on a 16-year-old mind practically all the time 

Excuse me!  When Miles first met Alaska, it was like a switch turned on.  And this was irreversible.  Say bye bye to your innocent childhood since a hot girl has showed up.  

– smoking 

I finally get the cover.  

I hate people who smoke, so I don’t smoke.  Smoking is bad for your health, and your voice.  As a person who loves to sing, of course I would never smoke.  Smoking gets you lung cancer which is the reason why my uncle, great uncles and grandfathers died.  People who are beside you would get secondhand smoke.  You put danger to their lives!

In this book, smoking seems to be a cool stuff teenagers do.  Well, don’t then.  I’ve never thought smoking was cool and I think I’ve given you enough reasons.

– Alaska Young 

She was basically a slut.  Hmm…not in a general slut way, but she was definitely a bad girl.  That kind of girls that I wouldn’t hang out with.  I mean, the way she talked, the way she acted…  I had no good feeling about her the first time she showed up in this book.

Therefore, when THING happened, I didn’t really feel anything.  I was just like…okay.  Good that I don’t need to deal with you anymore.  Yeah, I know.  I’m heartless, but I don’t care.

– After 

Well…after is also boring just like before.  Probably our narrator Miles just had this ability to sing you to sleep.

*P.S. I don’t like their nicknames at all.


I don’t think I need to give any suggestion since people who love John Green have already read it and probably loved it a lot; whereas, people who don’t like John’s works have also read it and maybe also loved it a lot.  

I don’t know about you, but this is what I feel about this book.


That’s all for my review of Looking For Alaska by John Green.  Let me know what’s on your mind.

Have a lovely day and I’ll see you later for my Top 5 Wednesday.  Bye for now 👋

xoxo Remi 


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  1. I very strongly dislike John Green and feel the same way about this book.I cannot stand the main character. I wouldn’t call Alaska a slut though, being a “bad girl” doesn’t mean she’s a slut. I also didn’t like The Fault in Our stars or Paper Towns honestly. I felt like the ending of Paper Towns made the whole story pointless.

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    1. High-five! Oh, yeah, bad girl. 🙁 I don’t like her at all!!! Glad that there’s someone doesn’t like The Fault In Our Stars 👍 About Paper Towns, you’re right. It’s true. The ending…it’s like ‘why wasting time on this roadtrip?’

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