Sypnopsis and Summary of Looking for Alaska by John Green
This is a story about a young boy named Miles Halter, who has decided to leave his home in Florida and attend the Culver Creek Preparatory High School. Miles is a fan of autobiographies, taking special interests in the last lines by the authors.
Tired of his boring existence, Miles, 16, moves to a boarding school to go in search of what the poet Rabelais called the “Great Maybe”.
There, his newly discovered freedom and an enigmatic girl, Alaska, bring him back to life. But when Miles feels he is about to reach his goal, an unexpected tragedy threatens to take him away.
This book is recommended for ages from 9 to 14 years old.
Before: Miles sees his life going by without any kind of emotion. His obsession with memorizing the last words of illustrious characters leads him to find his Great Maybe (as François Rabelais said just before he died).
He decides to move to Culver Creek, an out-of-the-ordinary boarding school, where he will enjoy freedom for the first time and will meet Alaska Young.
The beautiful, cheeky, fascinating and self-destructive Alaska will drag Miles into his world, push him to the Great Maybe and she will steal his heart.
Then: Nothing will ever be the same again for him.
Looking for Alaska is John Green’s debut novel, author of “The Fault In Our Stars”, which garnered recognition from readers and critics overnight.
Miles, a young man looking for his destiny, and Alaska, a girl lost in the labyrinth of life, are faced with timeless questions: what does our existence mean? Can we enjoy a full life after living an unresolved tragedy?
After reading “The Fault In Our Stars” we can conclude that we needed to read all of John Green’s books so that we could continue to enjoy his prose and his precious writing.
Although looking for Alaska is a book we would like a lot, there is a lot going on with “The Fault In Our Stars”.
The story is told in first person by a teenager, Miles, who changes his home in Florida to go to a boarding school in Alabama.
There, he will make new friendships, he will live many new experiences and his passage there will change his life. He will meet Alaska.
“You spend all your life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking how you’re going to escape from there one day and how fabulous it will be; Imagine that future keeps you alive, but you never escape. You only use the future to escape the present. ”
The chapters are divided in a curious way, because it is a countdown to a specific day, and after that day, it continues counting forward.
For example: one hundred five days before… The day… One hundred five days later. You will really like the tension you feel as you approach the big date little by little and try to find out what is happening, what is the mystery.
The characters in this book, as in “The Fault In Our Stars” are special and very characteristic. They are characters with their own lives and very strong personalities who will often collide throughout the reading. In addition, everyone has something to teach us.
Although there are many secondary characters such as Takumi, Lara or the Warriors, the protagonists are three:
– Miles, who is nicknamed ‘Fat’, is a shy boy and has not had too many social relationships, so when he makes friends in boarding school, he tries above all to integrate and be similar to them.
It is very curious that one of his hobbies is to learn the last words or phrases of famous or important people. You will love to know this type of data while reading, founding it entertaining and different.
The Colonel is Miles’s best friend at boarding school and is bold, clever, and always looking for adventures. He teaches many things to the protagonist and together they carry out a lot of actions that will mark to them and to the boarding school of Culver Creek.
They will form a funny and complete team together. The Colonel is one of the characters that you will like most because of his mocking attitude and his insight.
– Alaska Young is a girl who caught the attention of Miles from the beginning and is attracted to her throughout the book.
She is really adventurous and adores the risk. It is a different character from those who are usually seen and those who make you rethink many important questions of the day to day. For us, the best character in the book.
“She had a boyfriend, I was clumsy, she was beautiful, I was a bored hopeless and she was fascinating to infinity. So I went back to my room and fell on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I would be Drizzle and she, a hurricane.”
There are some events that you will not expect for anything and that will leave you with your mouth open, something that has enchanted everybody and make them more attentive to the reading.
And the end has been very good for everybody’s taste, it is not what you imagined, but we do not complain. In addition, Green’s pen, precious, transports us to Culver Creek and makes us meet the characters.
We have found a relationship between the narration of this book and “The Watchman among the Rye”, by J.D. Salinger, because they deal with raw themes without complexes or cliques, using the vulgar language of adolescents and the streets, and without beautifying the most complex and unpleasant situations.
“People were created to be loved. Things were created to be used. The reason the world is in chaos is because things are being loved and people are being used.”
Looking for Alaska is an exciting story full of emotions and reflections, precious dates that will make us fall in love with the words even more and with moments that will steal our breath.
We must say that John Green is an expert at exciting his readers with a love story to which we imagine a typical happy ending and then he takes a huge turn and happens what we least thought would happen.
We must say this for the books “The Fault In Our Stars”, “Paper Towns“ and “Looking for Alaska”.
Although, in a way he tells us what is real life, where nothing happens as we imagine, where everything is roulette and we can touch something good or something bad and we have to learn to deal with it, but there will always be one escape that we will somehow find.
It is entertaining and with a simple reading, but at the same time, complex in regards to feelings and emotions.
He criticizes life and also the fact that nothing lasts forever… His characters although, are stereotypes of many stories, fit perfectly with the plot, and it is worth reading at least once, since when we started to read the first pages, until we complete it, we do not stop.
John Green gives us very simple stories, but what makes them special is his way of writing, but that entertaining makes you reflect while still being a quick and easy read.
Looking for Alaska is the allegory of perfection and melancholy, a mixture of addictions, books, sensuality and depression.
It’s an easy-to-read book with no extraordinary features to highlight. It’s simple and somehow enjoyable, showing the always different youth of the United States. It’s good to pass the time.
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