||It took several friends, and various lectures on how brilliant this teenage novel is, for me to eventually pick up ‘Looking for Alaska’. And how very glad I am that I did! Centred on the beautiful and mysterious girl Alaska and the sheer magnetism she has on all those around her, I felt myself become inextricably pulled into John Green’s world of school pranks, the joys of disobeying school rules and teenage confusion. From smoking to sex, this novel explores the adventures of Miles Halter when he joins Culver Creek and encounters Alaska, and (without wanting to give anything away) the event that means nothing, and no one (including the reader!) will ever be quite the same again.
But that isn’t all. Aside from being beautifully written, this novel delves right into the fundamental principles of life and death, love and loss, and ultimately what it means to be human. I’m now in the ranks of converted, and am ready to preach ‘Looking for Alaska’ to anyone who will listen. After all, I haven’t read many books that contain philosophy and…er… male dancers on the same page!