Book Review: Looking for Alaska


Annabelle Flores, Staff Writer

The book genres I read usually consisted of fiction and the typical hero journey. However, when I discovered a new author named John Green, I realized how books have deeper meanings that change how you think about people and life. The novel Looking for Alaska is a philosophical young adult fiction that can be meaningful and relatable to teens. Looking for Alaska was written by John Green in 2005 and has been turned into a TV show in 2019 and can be watched on Hulu and Amazon Prime Video.

The protagonist of this novel is Miles Halter, a tall and skinny sixteen-year-old boy that is fascinated with famous people’s last words. Miles transfers to a boarding school called Culver Creek where he meets his roommate, the colonel. The colonel has two friends that he introduces to Miles: Alaska Young and Takumi Hirohito. Alaska is a rebellious, unpredictable, moody girl who occasionally pulls pranks on the whole school and just so happens to seize Miles’s attention at first sight.

When Miles and Alaska are alone for the first time, they speak about a Labyrinth. By definition, a Labyrinth is a complex structure. Miles and Alaska talk about a Labyrinth in a metaphorical way that represents life and suffering. Alaska told Miles she believed that she was in a Labyrinth that she had to get out of to end her suffering, which convinced Miles that her death was a suicide. Alaska Young died the night she had escaped the boarding school drinking and driving after receiving a call that resulted in her leaving in a panic. Although Alaska’s death was ruled an accident, evidence the colonel and Miles find proves otherwise.

I recommend this book because it gives insight into teens who struggle with drug abuse and depression. This book has been one of my favorite books I have read this year because of the metaphors, the philosophical ideas, and the author’s unique writing skills. Sometimes people struggle with life and its purpose. This book is very different from other books because of its ability to guide a person’s life, especially when that person needs it. If you are interested in reading this book, you can find it in Barnes and Noble and Amazon books.