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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Looking for Alaska by John Green

I read Green's The Fault In Our Stars just before the movie release and was so enchanted with his writing style I couldn't wait to read another of his novels. Though intriguing and certainly thought provoking, I wasn't nearly as engaged in Looking for Alaska as I was in The Fault In Our Stars. Looking for Alaska doesn't have the laugh-out-loud humor or create the deep emotional ties TFIOS does. My level of interest in Looking for Alaska was certainly enough to keep my attention for the duration but I never experienced any particular attachment to any of the characters. That said, I loved Green's brilliant approach of centering the novel around the moment that ultimately defines the characters in the book. The event takes on a B.C./A.D. aura and I got a deep sense of the intense effect wrought on the characters as the novel transitions from the countdown to the time after.

You will find an official plot line description at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/99561.Looking_for_Alaska?from_search=true.

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