If you’ve read any of my book related posts, you’ll for sure know that Looking For Alaska by John Green is my all time favorite book. I think it has to qualify as my favorite after all the times I read it. It’s just a known fact by now, but I never actually explained why it’s my favorite. So… That’s what I’m doing today.
Also, I thought I should mention, you’re going to be seeing a ton more posts about Looking For Alaska in the next couple of months because this fall/winter is going to be the 2 year anniversary of me reading this piece of art!
1. IT WAS THE BOOK THAT GOT ME INTO READING
I’ve mentioned this in other posts before because this is kind of the main reason why I love this book so much. I would read a book here and there before LFA, but when I finished reading it, I just needed more and more books.
Even if I end up changing my mind about it in the future (I’m dreading that day 😫), it will always have a special place in my heart.
LFA was also the first book I got super invested in. I just cared so much about the characters’ lives and the plot. When they hurt, I hurt, and when they laugh, I laugh. When the book ended, it was almost like a little part of me stayed with them.
(Yes, I cry everytime I read LFA. Don’t judge me.)
2. THE CHARACTERS ARE REALISTIC
Something that I see in a lot of reviews is that the characters (specifically Alaska) are super unlikable. I personally think that that’s partly what makes the book great.
You’re not actually supposed to like the characters because they’re so far away from being perfect.
I’m going to touch on this more when I reread it and write my review (yes I’m reading it for the 5th time… Again, don’t judge me.)
The characters aren’t really viewed as themselves. We’re seeing them from Pudge’s point of view. They’re altered because he only sees what he wants to see in people, and that’s what we read. (does that make any sense? I don’t think so.)
Anyways, that doesn’t really explain why I love the characters, it was just a little rant.
I adore each and every character because they’re imperfect. They all have major flaws, but they also have some great personality traits, which makes them feel like actual people.
3. THE WRITING IS BEAUTIFUL
Do I have to say anything else? It’ pretty simple.
4. HAS SOME GORGEOUS QUOTES
I mentioned in my My All-Time Favorite Book Quotes post that LFA has some of my all time favorite quotes (I’m going to write a whole post about this soon *wink* *wink*)
Heres some of my favorites.
“When adults say, “Teenagers think they are invincible” with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don’t know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail.”
“Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia. (…) You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.”
That’s all I have for you today, but before you leave, I want to say one thing.
Looking for Alaska is a book that not everyone will like, and I absolutely understand that, because it’s one of those hate-it or love-it books. Do I recommend you go read it? Yes. Don’t base your thoughts on reviews of other people, just go and read it.
Much love, Rawan 🖤 …
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