Update On My Life / “Looking for Alaska” Review-ish-Thing

So, quick update on what’s goin’ on in my life right now:

  • I’m currently behind in Camp NaNoWriMo as far as personal goals go, but actually ahead of NaNoWriMo standards by like 4,000 words (the issue is that I’m taking a five day break from writing towards the end of Camp NaNo, so I need to get five days ahead of schedule so that doesn’t put me behind on finishing on time).
  • The first meeting for the musical-thing I’m in this summer (it’s actually a rock opera) is today.
  • I’m still drowning in grad parties to attend.
  • I have college orientation this week! And I’m freaking out about it more than just a little bit!!!
  • I basically can’t leave my room right now without my parents throwing another chore or two at me, so I’m kind of holing up in here today (minus the theatre meeting, two grad parties, and going to see a play with my grandparents) in order to try to get some writing done. (Don’t worry, I’ve got a not-so-secret stash of junk food up here to keep me alive.)

And that’s basically it! And now in other news: I finished reading Looking for Alaska by John Green yesterday morning, and I wanted to share my thoughts on it, so…

Looking for Alaska is philosophical by nature, deep by content, and so realistic in its reaction to loss that I actually got tears in my eyesΒ  on multiple occasions (which is saying something, because books hardly ever make me cry). John Green made me fall in love with his characters, despite their faults, and he reminded me why I love realistic fiction: Because it’s real. Because I can connect with it, and laugh with it, and hurt with it.

However, there was definitely some content in there that I could have done without. I felt uncomfortable for a lot of the first half of the book with how the main characters viewed intimacy — kissing and more with people who they barely knew — although I know that this is a common view among my peers, and I really shouldn’t have been surprised to find so much of that because, as mentioned above, John Green writes realistically. It’s just not my lifestyle and not one I’d ever want to live. There was also quite a lot of smoking and drinking going on in the novel, but, I don’t know, that stuff just doesn’t upset me like, well… other stuff does.

In the end, Looking for Alaska was a great book. Beautiful writing, great dialogue, and so realistic at points that it hurts. Just be prepared for some hormones in there, as well.

On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give it a 9.

~Julia

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8 thoughts on “Update On My Life / “Looking for Alaska” Review-ish-Thing

  1. i have actually read the book looking for Alaska, i read it about a year and from what i remember your review is a condensed version of what i would say. i thought the whole thing with Laura and the toothpaste was awkward and the whole drugs and alcohol scene is not part of my lifestyle. i was very upset when one of the characters dies,(i am trying not to spoil too much) but the characters were relate able and i think that is why i enjoy john green’s works. also if you enjoyed looking for Alaska i recommend paper town, it’s also by John Green .

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    • There’s A LOT of awkward stuff in there, haha. I’m with you on how that sort of stuff isn’t a part of my lifestyle, so it made things interesting, to say the least… I totally didn’t realize that *spoilers* Alaska was going to die *end spoilers* until only a few pages before it happened, so it completely caught me off-guard (usually I can see those sorts of things coming from a mile away), and I thought the way John Green handled it was brilliant. I was actually sad when it happened; usually when I’m reading a book with, like, “some great tragedy!!!” in it, it’s just sort of like whatever, but I was actually sad.

      I’ll definitely have to check that out next time I’m at B&N. πŸ™‚

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  2. Haha, we’re in the same boat for having to be done with NaNo early; I start my summer camp (without computers or the like) on the 24th, and I’ll barely be able to write a few days before that because we’ll be at my cousin’s house (I’m counting on finishing Nano on the ride down to camp since it’s in Pennsylvania). But my grandmother is leaving next weekend, and although that’s sad that she’s leaving, I’ll have a lot more free time to write after she leaves because about half of my day is spent with her. (games, going to ice cream and the like) But I’m extremely behind, still, so… XP
    Oooh, college orientation! Sounds super exciting…let us know how it goes!!! (it’s not quite as exciting as PROOOOOOM, but it’s still egg-citing)
    Haha, poor Jules, locked in her room. But hey, you get to eat JUNK FOOOOOD, so it’s a bit better πŸ™‚
    Just put a hold request on “Looking For Alaska” from my library! Can’t wait to read it!!!! πŸ™‚

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      • I know πŸ˜› I have 40,000 words left to write and 3 days to write it.
        I have about 50 pages left, and the book’s super cool! πŸ™‚ It was a bit…weird at the parts when they did the stuff, but I ignored it, and it was so emotional and awesome and then….GAHHH I NEED TO READ THE REST (I’m allowed to read the rest after I finish Geometry, I’m so excitedddddddd)

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