Friday, February 10, 2012

Looking For Alaska by John Green

 

I've always wondered by why John Green is considered a rock star in the YA-lit community. Now I know why.  

His characters are so true to themselves. Their experience is real and the reader knows it. I laughed where Pudge and his friends executed their prank on the Weekday Warriors.  I felt butterflies in my tummy when Alaska flirted with him. My heart broke when tragedy struck. I cried as they grieved. I sighed with hope when I read the last line:  "I don't know where there is, but I believe it's somewhere, and I hope it's beautiful."  Simply amazing.

I am so glad this book is part of my 40 x 40 challenge. I wish there were books like this when I was growing up. I understand why this book would be challenged, but I believe this is one that must be defended against controversy.  I wouldn't have any issue with this being taught at my children's high school when they get to that point in their lives.  

Disclaimer:
The copy I read for this challenge was purchased at a discount store.  (The madness!)


6 comments:

  1. Everyone raves about this book. I have to get it on my TBR list soon!!

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  2. I haven't read much in the way of YA, but it is one of my resolutions this year to widen my reading so I may look this one up.

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  3. I will check out the book. Thanks for sharing

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    1. You're welcome, Marie. I think you'll like it.

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Thank you so much for your kind comments.