Green, J. (2005). Looking for Alaska. NY: Dutton
John Green is the best writer at making me fall in love with characters with tragic endings. Looking for Alaska is another great love story about Pudge (Miles) and his friend, Alaska at a prep school. Throughout the book, Pudge makes many nicknamed friends, finds his way to having a social life, experiments with drugs and alcohol, and most importantly, falls in love with a girl who not only has a boyfriend, but is emotionally unstable. Alaska blames herself for not calling 911 when her mother died when she was younger, and this is one of the reasons for her drunken suicide in the end of the story. During a prank war amongst Pudge, his roommate, and Alaska, Alaska remembers her mother’s death’s anniversary and drunkenly leaves the school and crashes. (This part is still hard for me to believe that she committed suicide because I don’t want to believe it, but the book makes it seem as if the contrary is true.) The story ends with the boys getting a stripper to come strip for the class on Speaker Day. It also ends with one of my favorite quotes, “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” (Green, 221). I would definitely follow this book with any other John Green book.