Looking for Alaska by John Green
Yet another book recommended to me by one of our kids, this time by a wonderful young woman who we had the pleasure of having as our proctor for the first semester this year. She was sure right about this being a great story!
When Miles decides to go to boarding school, he goes looking for the “Great Perhaps,” something more than his safe and friendless life at home. What he finds is a best friend in the Colonel (aka Chip) and his first love named Alaska. Alaska is exactly the type of girl to break your heart: moody, spontaneous, fun-loving, AND with a boyfriend. But she becomes one of Miles’ best friends, and they get into all kinds of trouble–smoking by the lake, getting drunk and pulling the wildest pranks the Culver Academy has ever seen. As Miles learns more about Alaska, he glimpses the sadness in her heart and sees your self-destructive acts for what they are.
What I especially liked about this book was how realistic the characters and their actions were. I could see them in my imagination, and became really sad when tragedy struck. I can’t wait to read another one of this writer’s books!