What’s up with sad stories?
What with the heart-wrenching tales of people we don’t even know, but whom we learn to love, right before falling into a pit of despair because of them?
And the less we expect it, the worst it feels, the more we like it.
I already enjoyed John Green’s bitter-sweet words in ‘The Fault in our Stars‘, but in that one it’s easy to expect that something bad will happen (and yet, it’s still an heart-breaking surprise).
‘Looking for Alaska’ is different. It’s funny. It’s witty.
It’s the story of a boy, Miles Halter (aka Pudge), who leaves home to seek a Great Perhaps, starts boarding school, gets out of his cocoon made of Famous Last Words and makes friends for the first time in his life.
Pudge meets the Colonel, his roommate, who initiates him to the pleasures of smoking and drinking.
He meets Alaska, a gorgeous, yet moody, young girl, who steals his heart from the very first moment.
He meets Takumi, a gifted MC who can rap about anything in any circumstances.
He meets Lara, a Romanian girl soon to be his girlfriend, because that’s what Alaska envisioned.
He learns to recognize the Weekday Warriors and to beware of the Eagle – the school guardian, who patrols the school looking for whoever is breaking the rules.
While in search of his Great Perhaps, he finds instead a great question, in the form of Simon Bolivar alleged last words: “How will I ever get out of this labyrinth!”
Amongst terrible pranks and World Religions lessons, goes a nerve-shredding countdown to something no one could ever expect to happen.
Though that’s what life is, unexpected and breathtaking.
In this ‘electric debut’, John Green really got the essence of it.
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