Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of Young Adult books. For the most part.
Looking For Alaska Review
I loved The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns so when I heard that John Green had another award winning book I was pretty excited. So I bought Looking for Alaska off Amazon and waited for it to arrive at my apartment. Once I started to read it my first impression was, “Wait, this isn’t about Alaska?” It takes place in Alabama.
Anyways, I kept reading and realized the characters are kind of the same as other John Green novels. The main character is a boy who is nerdy in a cool way. A girl, the love interest, is mysterious, hot, and emotionally unstable. Then there was the onslaught of sex, underage drinking, underage smoking, ridiculous nicknames, and outrageous situations. Like having a library in your dorm room? When I got to the “After” section of the book I was just going through the motions; counting pages, skipping whole paragraphs that seemed unimportant and screaming internally at my book. They took so long to figure out the great mystery of the incident that didn’t seem plausible for a group of teenagers who are supposed to be smart.
I understand this book was written to discuss loss, moving on, and growing up. Instead it focused on drinking, smoking, and sex. I just don’t know how they dragged it out to be so long.
And that, boys and girls, is the story of why I’ve only read one books this month. I give it 2/5 stars because I don’t think it was terribly written, it was just very predictable and the characters weren’t very relateable or likeable.
Any popular snoozers that you’ve read lately I should take off my list?
What I’m Currently Reading
The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards for the Beyond Words Book Club
My Reading Challenge Updates
Total Books this month: 1
Total Books read this year: 3/35
Total Books Read for the Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge: 2 / 12
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