Monthly Archives: February 2014

“Looking for Alaska”-John Green-SPOILER ALERT

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First off, if you haven’t read this book yet and don’t want to know what happens, don’t read this post!

This book is great.  For me, it’s at the same level as “The Fault in Our Stars”.  I can’t pick a favorite between the two.  Although the main character, Miles A.K.A. Pudge, does things that I don’t agree with, I have unfortunately had the ‘pleasure’ of meeting boys who fall in love with a girl but date someone else so this aspect of the book is very realistic for me.

I have mixed feelings for my favorite character, Alaska Young.  She’s crazy! The reason I think I like her so much is because she reminds me of a character I had made up in my little middle school brain.  Much like Alaska, Sarah Snape (yes, I did make a character in the world of Harry Potter, go ahead and judge, I’m not ashamed) is crazy, independent, and a trickster.  This connection made it easy for me to like Alaska.

The thing that made this book for me is probably going  to sound bad to everyone else.  Alaska died in a car accident while intoxicated.  I don’t want to get too personal here, but the same fate could have very well have happened to me three months ago.  It was for that reason that “Looking for Alaska” really punched me in the gut.  The death of Augustus Waters is very tragic, but I don’t have cancer or know someone who does so it wasn’t as…heart-wrenching for me as when Alaska died.  I cried more when Alaska died.

Again, I want to say that John Green has found a way to my emotions that no other author has.  And for this, I want to thank John Green.  I think I have a new favorite author.

“The Fault in Our Stars”-John Green

ImageOkay, the word that means so much more in this book than in any other context.  Okay, the word I keep telling myself.  It’s all going to be okay.  But it’s not okay.

John Green has somehow found a way to melt my heart and then stomp in its puddle.  And while this feeling is not pleasant, an author has never been able to cause this feeling in me…ever.  I don’t want to spoil this book for anyone who has never read it, just be prepared to be crushed.

I love this book.  I was skeptical at first; all of my classmates were saying, “I’ll buy you three boxes of Kleenex.  You’re gonna need them.” That isn’t exactly encouraging, but I was determined not to cry.  Until a certain twist in the story wrenched the tears from my unwilling eyes.  I texted my English professor, “The Fault in Our Stars. Page 214. Why?!?!?!”

I have never texted a teacher a message that has to do with books. Ever. John Green is my writing hero, and I love him, but I also wish he didn’t have to do what he did.  But of course then the story would never be as good as it is.  It’s realistic, it’s scary, and it’s heartbreaking, but it’s so good.  I don’t know how else to describe this feeling.  I don’t even know what this feeling is.

One more thought on “The Fault in Our Stars”.  I refuse, absolutely refuse, to see the movie.  Not because I think it’ll be terrible, on the contrary I think it will be an amazing movie.  Not because I don’t want to sit in a theater and cry until my eyes melt and fall out of my head.  No, it’s because I don’t want to ruin the image John Green has painted in my head of these characters.  I don’t want to lose the image I have of Augustus Waters and Hazel.  So I refuse.  That is all.

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“Will Grayson, Will Grayson”-John Green and David Levithan

ImageI….LOVE….TINY….COOPER! That’s one of my biggest take-a ways from this book.  Tiny Cooper is awesome, there’s just no getting around that.  I’m almost to the point where I would buy everyone in my Adolescent Literature class an “I Heart Tiny Cooper” shirt…if I had the money to do that.  Also, I wish someone could produce the play Tiny Cooper writes.  Or maybe just make a Will Grayson movie.  Then I will be happy…er.

Other than Tiny Cooper, my favorite part of this book was the fact that the teenagers in this story are dealing with actual, real world problems.  The second Will Grayson the reader is introduced to has a father that walked out on him.  He’s dealing with depression and the typical high school problem of not being able to fit in.  I felt that I could relate to this Will Grayson more so than the other one.  The problems he faces in high school were almost identical to mine.

I also like how the authors of this book, how do I word this, make being gay….okay? In my family, I grew up with the idea that men could not be with other men. Period. After experiencing my first semester of college my views on this issue have drastically changed.  I don’t really care whether you’re gay or not, as long as you’re happy.  Honestly, I don’t think it’s a big deal, and Green and Levithan seem pretty okay with it too.  This is the first book I have read that deals with different sexual preferences and I love it!

Conclusion? I LOVE TINY COOPER…and this book!