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Sunday, March 8, 2015

BOOK REVIEW : LOOKING FOR ALASKA BY JOHN GREEN!

Hi Readers! I'd like to apologize for the past weeks/month in which I was not able to post anything but I'm active on my new Book Instagram and Facebook Page! Go check em out! (Click Instagram and Facebook)

So I was able to read a single book for the month of February (I feel so ashamed) school is so demanding! We're also preparing for the final quarterly test and putting extra effort to be able to pass Grade 7. But anyway, let's start!



Details:

Title: Looking for Alaska

Author: John Green

Number of Pages: 256

Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Publisher: Speak

Published on: December 28, 2014 (First Published on 2005)

Format: Hardbound

Price: Varies from $16.27 and above

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Sypnosis:

"Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter's whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" (Fran├žois 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."

About the Author:

 John Green's first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New York Times bestseller and won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best YA Mystery. In January 2012, his most recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars, was met with wide critical acclaim, unprecedented in Green's career. The praise included rave reviews in Time Magazine and The New York Times, on NPR, and from award-winning author Markus Zusak. The book also topped the New York Times Children's Paperback Bestseller list for several weeks. Green has also coauthored a book with David Levithan called Will Grayson, Will Grayson, published in 2010. The film rights for all his books, with the exception of Will Grayson Will Grayson, have been optioned to major Hollywood Studios.

In 2007, John and his brother Hank were the hosts of a popular internet blog, "Brotherhood 2.0," where they discussed their lives, books and current events every day for a year except for weekends and holidays. They still keep a video blog, now called "The Vlog Brothers," which can be found on the Nerdfighters website, or a direct link here.
 


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Review/Rating:
  • John Green was able to write the book intelligently. The books is just very very pure. I mean it's full of things you probably won't or didn't notice about life. I also love the different perspectives shown in the book even though it was only Miles' point of view.
  • The book is very interesting. I mean yes, the characters and writing style is interesting but we'll talk about that in the further sections below. I mean the book is very very interesting, it's message is interesting. I also love the essence of the book. You'll understand what I'm saying if you have read the book. If you haven't, then you should. 
  • Awesome characters and characteristics. The characters are all interesting. Starting from the main character Miles Halter who is a boy who transfer to a school named Culver Creek and then his life suddenly changes when he meets the Colonel and Alaska who are very interesting and quite different people. And then a lot of characters enter in his life. ALL OF THE CHARACTERS ARE DIFFERENTLY AMAZING AND INTERESTING.
  • Great character development. What comes after awesome characters? XD Great character development. I loved the character development of Miles from a typical and shy teenager to a much mature person you probably have noticed. I also loved the quite recovery stage of the characters because of something-I-wouldn't-tell-you-because-it-might-be-a-spoiler.
  • I love the way the book is written in a before and after basis. This book is one of a kind. I loved how the author made it flow perfectly. I love it. I just do. Especially the major plot twist unfolding the before to after writing style.
  • The book is for everyone. This book doesn't choice any gender. It doesn't require a specific age. It doesn't require a certain religion (Trust me). The book is for everyone. It's just amazing.
  • The book will make you realize a lot of things. The book is very informative. It's very true. It will make you realize a lot of awesome and quite miserable facts about life. It will make you rethink of many things just because the book made you realize it. Trust me.
  • The ending was just very very indescribably amazing. (SPOILER ALERT) I loved how the book ended in an essay or probably conclusion of Miles. I also loved and quite felt anger towards Takumi when he admitted that he had an idea all along but I really understand his side. I also love the whole year concept of the book in which the story ended in the summer vacation/break.
Overall I'd give the book a:
4/5 books!

Favorite Quotes:
"'We are all going.' McKinley said to his wife and we sure are. There's your labyrinth of suffering. We are all going. Find you way out of the maze" 
"Everything that comes together falls apart" the Old Man said. "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 the organs and systems that make you you -- they came together, and so must fall apart."
When adults say,"Teenagers think they are invincible" with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don't know how right they are. 
My Friends' Short Review/Rating:

Forgive me if I was able to ask two persons only because they're quiet busy and I understand them for not responding to my messages. But if you're reading this, and you have or haven't read the book, please do comment a show review or future expectations for the book!

"My favorite book written by John Green. I personally think this is more better and realistic than TFIOS." - Angelica Manansala, gave the book a 3.5 stars and read the book last April 2014.

"Looking for Alaska is a heartbreaking novel. I think Looking for Alaska is one of the best debut novel ever. John Green wouldn't have TFIOS or Paper Towns or AAOK without this book. I can't wait for the movie adaptation!" - Kim Bejerano, gave the book a 4.5 stars.

Features:

This exclusive collector's edition has:

  • Excusive interview and Q & A with the author.
  • A message from the author
  • Discussion questions!
Yep, that's it! Thank you for reading and apologies for the not active blog. I'll be more active after March 20 since that's our last school day. And I'm going to the #ELockhartinPH hosted by National Bookstore! Hopefully It will be successful. Bye!

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