Published by Speak on December 2006
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words-and tired of 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.
This is the first book I’ve ready by John Green. (I know, I know how could I have not read A Fault In Our Stars? It’s on my TBR list.) I must say say this book was incredible and I want to read everything he’s ever written. There are parts of this book that I will not be able to talk about because I refuse to reveal any spoilers that will ruin this book for anyone else who may not have read it yet. I will say that this book was definitely not what I was expecting but I think it was better because of it.
This book is written from the view point of Miles Halter, a skinny 16 year old nerdy guy who is fascinated by famous last words. This fascination leads him to seek his “Great Perhaps” by attending boarding school at Culver Creek where he meets his roommate “the Colonel”, a boy named Takumi, and a girl named Alaska Young. Miles falls in love with the beautiful, intelligent, mysterious, unattainable Alaska.
The book is divided into the Before and the After, but you don’t know what the turning point is exactly until it hits. The Before is made up of mundane happenings: going to class, pulling pranks, doing stupid things, and hooking up. The central discussion in the book is about Simon Bolivar’s last words: “How will I ever get out of this labyrinth?”
So what’s the labyrinth? I asked her…
That’s the mystery, isn’t it? Is the labyrinth living or dying? Which is he trying to escape-the world or the end of it?
When the After comes, the “labyrinth” becomes an important question encompassing all characters.
This book is about how one person can influence another person’s life. I like the way Alaska is presented as mysterious and moody. I feel that most teenage girls and are that way and though we don’t know a lot about her, this book is about the way she influences Miles. Miles is such a relatable character especially for people who were nerds and didn’t quite fit in during their high school years.
Verdict: Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it! There are several good quotes in this book and it makes you think.