Holy majoly. I am so in love with John Green.
I had no idea Looking for Alaska was trending up the charts when it was delivered to my e-reader (yes, I know that actually typing that last statement makes me some sort of YAF hipster. Don't forget your black-rimmed RayBans, friends). In fact, I only decided to read it because the NYPL still does not have The Fault in Our Stars in the Kindle version. I know - ridiculous.
So I downloaded LfA and it was SO. FREAKIN'. GOOD. Is John Green a magician with words or what? Ugh, this book was so wonderful.
Synopsis: Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words–and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.
- Originality: 1 Million - John Green can take the most ordinary circumstances and people and make them so unbelievingly intoxicating you cannot be parted from the story for more than 3 hours at a time
- Absurdity: 8 - I'm giving the book an 8 due largely in part to the final scene(s), because it's just awesome. Absurdly awesome.
- Level of Romance: 6 - I don't think that this was particularly romantic as the lead character was a 17-year-old boy with raging hormones, but I also don't think it was ever intended to be
- Level of Harry Potter-ness: 1 Million and 5 - spot on. If I can't be reading J.K. Rowling, I want to be reading John Green. Master-o-prose, my friends!