I have seen so many people rave about this book, and I was on a dystopian-kick, so I was never even interested. I finally broke through that and made myself buy a copy on a trip to Barnes and Noble.
I fell in love with this book from the beginning. Miles was a great male (!) character. Right now, with the YA market mostly dominated by female characters stuck in love triangles, Miles was a refreshing, much-needed break. He's a kid I would have loved to be friends with. I especially liked his obsession with "last words".
One of my favorite parts of Looking For Alaska was the "after" section, where Alaska's friends are all trying to figure out what happened. My heart ached for them. Losing someone, especially a best friend, is never easy. Losing someone and not knowing why is even harder. John Green did an amazing job with going into detail about the ride of emotions that the people left behind can feel.
I loved everything about this book - the characters were believable, the teenage life was realistic, and the book as a whole was beautiful. This was the first John Green novel I'd ever read, and it's not going to be my last. I'm already reading Paper Towns right now, and I will continue to read everything he ever writes, because Looking For Alaska was the perfect YA book.
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