Looking For Alaska is a novel about a seemingly ordinary fifteen year old boy, Miles Halter, or "Pudge," whom is searching for the "Great Perhaps." In this compelling novel, Miles ships himself off to a boarding school of sorts, looking for this previous stated 'Great Perhaps'; he wasn't quite sure what it was he was looking for, but he knew he'd know it when he saw it.
Miles is a scrawny kid, yet undeniably bright, who has a knack for remembering famous last words. He befriends Alaska Young, yet not right away, for Alaska is a realist at heart, wild and blunt, who is the type that gets by by just getting by. He also befriends Colonel, who's nickname is his polar opposite, just like Pudge for Miles. Together these three and on rare occasion their more acquaintances than friends Takumi and Lara, who both are foreign, travel through obstacles that ordinary teens go through on a daily basis, and the tragedies that some unfortunate teens are forced to endure.
The storyline is sluggish at first in the 'Before' section of the book. But not to worry,surely picks up speed during the end of that section and the beginning of the 'After' section.
Full of every God-given emotion, and some that weren't, this novel is a compelling, philosophical, twisted story, that is virtually impossible to put down.
I give this 5 stars out of 5.