Banned Books Week just ended, here’s my review of one of the challenged books.
Looking for Alaska by John Green is the story of Myles Halter, a quirky, friendless guy, who would rather be sitting reading about people’s last words than going to social gatherings. When Myles wants to go to Culver Creek Boarding School in Alabama, his hopes are to go and find his “great perhaps,” a great adventure that will make his life more interesting and fun. When he arrives, he meets the confident, moody, and very attractive Alaska Young and her group of prank-playing friends. Through harsh life experiences, and adventures like no other, Myles’ life may never be the same again.
This book was an amazing novel. Myles is such a relatable character. He is the exact definition of a teenager: awkward, shy, and self-conscious. His experiences help him grow and change from the friendless and shy student to the confident, rule breaker who learns to “let loose”. From study of religion to the meaning of death, Myles experiences what all teenagers wonder about. It’s this inner dialogue that separates this book from many other realistic novels. Many aren’t able to capture what it means to be a REAL teenager. And not just the carefree, non-stressed kid whose worries doesn’t extend past homework. But the teenagers that also have to deal with the meaning of mortality, and mistakes, and learning to forgive.
It’s these things that John Green was able to capture brilliantly over the course of the book.Worth the read if you’re looking for a pretty heavy realistic fiction novel. I recommend this book for ages 14+.
Happy Reading! 🙂
Ailsa H, Ballard Teen Blogger