St. Charles Herald-Guide

Book Review: “Looking for Alaska”

From staff and wire reports - June 8, 2013

Looking for Alaska by John Green is a realistic fiction novel set in present time. It tells the story of a teenage boy’s new life in a boarding school in Alabama and the struggles he faces while he is there.

Miles "Pudge" Halter makes the brave decision to move to Culver Creek Boarding School, miles away from his home in Florida. As soon as he arrives, everything changes. Culver creek is unlike anywhere Pudge has ever been before. Not only is Pudge’s roommate the Colonel different, but so is the Colonel’s friend Alaska Young. Alaska is the witty, beautiful, bold and unpredictable girl with whom Pudge cannot help to love. Alaska seems like the change Pudge has been seeking, a girl different from anyone he has ever encountered, but is Alaska too much for Pudge to handle?

Looking for Alaska by John Green is unlike any book I have ever had the pleasure of reading. It touches on issues that I never even thought about before and puts life into perspective. It effortlessly managed to light a spark in me and left me pondering long after I had turned the last page. This book is an A+ novel and a must read to anyone.

Jessica is a sophomore in the Gifted program at Hahnville High. She enjoys traveling with family, drawing in her sketchbook, and being with friends.

Editor’s note: Book reviews are published weekly in agreement with Hahnville High School gifted English teacher Deborah Unger in conjunction with the Brown Foundation Service Learning Program.

Jessica Becnel
Jessica Becnel