Thursday, August 04, 2005

The countdown in John Green's Looking For Alaska begins at one hundred thirty-six days. Unaware of what will happen when we reach the day of, for the reader that ticking clock casts an uneasy shadow over life at Culver Creek, a demanding boarding school in Alabama. We get to know a group of friends right along with the new kid, Miles, who is immediately smitten with Alaska, a beautiful but moody girl who is the center of much of the action, whether it's illicit smoking and drinking or pranking the "Weekend Warriors." When the tragedy strikes, Miles and his friends have to deal with their own feelings of guilt by trying to piece together why it happened. Although the answer was fairly obvious, the "After" section was still touching and even funny at times. I enjoyed the book a lot and I hope they don't screw the movie up too badly.

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