Lame. Lame. LAME. LAME!!! I have heard nothing but wonderful things about this book so I was excited to see it on the reading list for school. After reading it, I am speechless. I cannot believe how bad this was.
Miles “Pudge” Halter is looking for a “great perhaps” when he heads off to Culver Creek Boarding School his junior year in high school. He life takes a turn because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself.
I guess Looking for Alaska is supposed to be a coming of age story but it comes across a preachy. Pudge is supposed to be the narrator but at times he sounds like a 40 year old man. I’m no teenager but I’m pretty sure teenagers don’t have the kind of insight that Pudge has. Maybe Green was going for artsy fartsy and that is why I didn’t get it. At this point I really don’t care. I am so glad it is over.