April Read of the Month Recap

I just finished reading Looking for Alaska by John Green earlier this week.  I have to say it was a quick read with great characters and an interesting plot.  The main character/narrator is Miles Halter, an awkward teenager from Florida heading off to a Preparatory School in Alabama.  At school Miles is befriended by his roommate Chip "the Colonel" Martin.  The Colonel soon gives his new friend the nickname "Pudge" although Miles is quite skinny.  Miles is then introduced to free spirit Alaska Young and quickly is enthralled with the young lady.

April Read of the Month, It was Good

I am not going to write too much about the plot, because I really do not want to give away a pretty good storyline.  I love the method in which the novel is set up, not with chapters, but with a count down to an event and a count of days after the event takes place.  Little tricks authors use to set up their novels like that always capture my interest.  I really enjoy the characters in the novel.  They seem very "real" to me, which may have to do with spending each day at work with the same age group (high school age students).  My only issue with the characters; for such intelligent and advanced students, they still make poor choices and waste their time on childish pranks.

For a quick summary, the novel follows Miles and his classmates for an entire school year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama.  Typical teenage drama/events take place, leading up to a major climatic event about 2/3 of the way through the novel.  The remainder of the novel involves the characters dealing with the event.  I apologize for being vague, but I really do not want to give away such an important event in the plot.  If you really want to know what happens without reading, feel free to email me and I will be happy to share what happened (mpehote@mac.com).  I recommend the novel, I have heard great things about John Green, and this novel did not disappoint.

A final interesting note, Miles loves to read biographies mainly to discover last words of famous individuals.  Many last words are quoted in the novel, and they are all accurate according to John Green.  I found it to be an interesting character trait for Miles and later discovered the John Green is also fascinated with last words, so this was a little piece of his own personality injected into the novel.  Just an interesting side-note to the novel.  Let me know what you think if you have read the book, or plan to give it a try!


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