Recollections: Reviews by a Book Lover

Review: Looking for Alaska

Next Up:   Looking for Alaska by John Green

This is now the third book by John Green I’ve read, and my love for John Green’s work has not decreased.

I’m going to quote the goodreads summary because it sums it up really well:

Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.  (


What I Thought:

I love Miles’ love for famous last quotes and his quest for the “Great Perhaps”.  Rather than being okay with the monotony of his life at home he chooses to try to find something more.  I can really respect that decision: to look for something more.  Miles makes the friends he never had before when he gets to Culver Creek.  The fact he now has friends is a big step up for Miles’ quest.  Unfortunately Miles also learns what having friends entails.  People impact each other’s lives.   Your friends help make you into who you are, and in turn you help shape your friends.  Friendship in short is an important responsibility.

The book also touches on the meaning of life.  Miles is taking a religious studies class, so this understanding of suffering, life, and what happens when we die, all comes from the perspective of many different religions.  I enjoyed looking at the question of life’s meaning through this perspective versus one narrow religious view.


I look forward to reading more of John Green’s books in the future.