Looking for Alaska by John Green, 221 pages
dewey's books, young adult
Very good book about friendships, and death, and the great beyond, if there is one. Miles goes to boarding school in Alabama and makes his first real friends, falls in love, smokes, drinks, and pulls pranks. This makes is sound like a frat house, and in a way it is but the story is much deeper and tells bigger truths about friendship and guilt.
It always shocked me when I realized that I wasn't the only person in the world who thought and felt such strange and awful things.
If only we could see the endless string of consequences that result from our smallest actions.
It's the kind of book I would have loved, and read and reread as a teenager, with a feel of The Outsiders by SE Hinton. The characters are not the popular kids but they have their own circle and friendships and they are not concerned with doing what is expected or good. Lots of literary references as the characters are smart and read a lot.