This Thursdays theme is: Valentine’s Day is just around the corner… Choose a book that deals with first love.
I immeadiatelly knew what book I wnated to choose for this week’s theme the first moment i read it and it’s one of my favorite books of all time.
Looking for Alaska by John Green
It’s a wonderful book and if you haven’t read it, then you really really should.
Synopsis: A deeply affecting coming-of-age story, Looking for Alaska traces the journey of Miles Halter, a misfit Florida teenager who leaves the safety of home for a boarding school in Alabama and a chance to explore the “Great Perhaps.” Debut novelist and NPR commentator Green perfectly captures the intensity of feeling and despair that defines adolescence in this hip, shocking, and emotionally charged work of fiction.
Miles has a quirky interest in famous people’s last words, especially François Rabelais’s final statement, “I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” Determined not to wait for death to begin a similar quest, Miles convinces his parents to let him leave home. Once settled at Culver Creek Preparatory School, he befriends a couple of equally gifted outcasts: his roommate Chip―commonly known as the Colonel—who has a predilection for memorizing long, alphabetical lists for fun; and the beautiful and unpredictable Alaska, whom Miles comes to adore.
The kids grow closer as they make their way through a school year filled with contraband, tests, pranks, breakups, and revelations about family and life. But as the story hurtles toward its shattering climax, chapter headings like “forty-six days before” and “the last day” portend a tragic event―one that will change Miles forever and lead him to new conclusions about the value of his cherished “Great Perhaps.” Goodreads
* (Above is the cover I own)
Least Favorite Covers: I don’t mind the first cover on the left – European Portuguese – but then the one next to it also in European Portuguese is just awful. Also, the Italian and Dutch covers which are creepy and slightly terrifying (the last two on the bottom right).