So this book was originally in my Norfolk holiday TBR post, but I didn't end up reading it then. But my sister was the one who originally suggested I read it, and since she kept bringing it up and asking if I'd read it yet, I thought I'd better just get on with it!
Looking for Alaska
When Miles (Pudge) Halter heads off to boarding school he makes a bunch of new friends, including the enchanting and unpredictable Alaska Young, who profoundly changes his life.
Having not particularly loved The Fault in Our Stars, I did not hold particularly high hopes for this book. I wasn't expecting to hate it, but wasn't expecting to love it either.
And I was right. I didn't love it. But I was pleasantly surprised by some parts of it. I thought the way the characters dealt with the main event of the story (I don't want to spoil it, but if you've read it you'll know the one I mean) felt quite real. The conversations felt a lot more real than those in The Fault in Our Stars, though they still had that slight self-aware, trying-to-be-clever, no-one-really-talks-like-this side to them.
One thing that my sister and I completely agreed on was that the story really should have been told from another person's point of view. Literally any of the other characters' perspectives would have been more interesting! But, though all the characters were interesting and different on a surface level, they all shared many similar characteristics, which Gus and Hazel Grace from TFiOS also shared: socially awkward, overly witty, quirky and 'edgy' habits...
I enjoyed the story and whizzed through it in record time, but it wasn't anything special. The writing style didn't annoy me anywhere near as much as in TFiOS though, which was a huge plus. And the characters were OK and had some positives, as did their general interactions. I found them quite bland and samey sometimes, but ultimately I cared what happened to them, and this book was brought up in my estimations for that reason.
What did you think of Looking for Alaska? Do you agree with my review? Do you like John Green's books? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments!