Review: Looking for Alaska by John Green


Okay so I read ‘The Fault in our Stars’ and I’m not gonna lie, I wasn’t that impressed. I’m not gonna go into details but I decided I’d read another John Green book to give him a fair chance so I bought ‘Looking for Alaska’. I’m so glad that I did.

‘Looking for Alaska’ follows the life of Miles Halter who moves into a boarding school in Alabama who soon makes friends with ‘The Colonel’, Takumi and the gorgeous, clever, funny Alaska Young. We can all see where this is heading.

Unfortunately before I read the book I was reading someone’s blog who posted a massive spoiler about the book then wrote ‘spoiler alert’ after the spoiler.


I knew what was coming and I’m pretty sure that ruined my experience with the book. However, the story itself was really good. I told my friend who also didn’t enjoy ‘The Fault in our Stars’ to read it and she loved it as much as I did. Maybe I didn’t fully understand the majority of the humour in ‘The Fault in our Stars’ but I loved John Green’s wit in ‘Looking for Alaska.’

Furthermore, I actually found the characters extremely likeable – my favourite being Takumi. They had me laughing, crying and gasping in complete shock. With ‘The Fault in our Stars’ the only character I had really connected with was Isaac. I can honestly say I liked the main characters of this book and genuinely cared about what was going to happen to them. Well, Alaska got on my nerves sometimes, but most of the time I loved her.

To be perfectly honest, I wish they’d chosen this one to turn into a film. However, I suppose ‘The Fault in our Stars’ is more popular and if I’m being honest, I’d have probably moaned about whoever they chose to play the characters. But I would really like to see this book on the big screen regardless of whether I believed the cast represented the characters or not. It would make an amazing movie.

In conclusion, this book is definitely what made me put faith in John Green and motivated me to pick up ‘An Abundance of Katherines’ (which I’m halfway through and loving by the way) so if you read ‘The Fault in our Stars’ and felt the same way about it as I did, trust me. ‘Looking for Alaska’ is a fantastic read and you won’t be disappointed. My only advice is to stock up on tissues because trust me, you will probably cry.


P.S. Sorry if I focused too much on comparing it to ‘The Fault in our Stars’ there…


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