Looking For Alaska (audiobook)
AR Level 5.8, 11 points (though definitely not recommended for younger students)
I am seriously slacking. It’s been 8 days since my last finished book. I ought to be much further along, but it is May, the last month of school, and I am just Crazy Busy.
Looking For Alaska is not a book for children. A junior nicknamed Pudge goes away to a boarding school and for the first time, has friends. Alaska Young is a beautiful, intriguing, but disturbed young woman with a wild streak. Pudge and his friends pull pranks, experience normal *ahem* high school boy things (and some girl things), and deal with the peer pressure of drinking and smoking. Alaska makes a decision that changes the life of Pudge and his friends forever, and they have to learn to deal with her consequences.
What I liked about this book was of course, John Green’s writing. It’s almost like he writes in prose instead of paragraphs. He creates and develops interesting characters. This novel was a bit of a mystery, because the chapters are a count down, and you had to figure out what he was counting down to. Honestly, that’s about it.
What I didn’t like about this book was the gratuitous drinking, smoking, and sexual references. I am way too old to think like a high schooler. I never drank or smoke or experienced sexual peer pressure when I was in high school, so I can’t relate to that. Some of it brought humor to the story. Plus, there was the suicide references. And at one point, I walked downstairs, jaw hanging open, angry at John Green for what he did to a character. Honestly, it was just kind of a dark story.
Book 8 of 52
On a side note, I got my Scholastic Book Order in, and of course, I bought a bunch of books for myself with my points. I ended up buying Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Both are NY Times Bestsellers. I’m converted. But first, I have to finish Hollow City and the next Lemony Snicket. I’ve also had The Book Thief sitting on my counter for awhile now.