The overall rating of a review is different from a simple average of all individual ratings.
Share this review on
I'll admit, when I first read the synopsis on the back of the book I wasn't too impressed. It seemed like yet another predictable, teenage fairy tail love story kind of book, but I read and finished the book non the less purely out of curiosity due to a friend telling me how good it was - I wanted to see for my self what all the fuss was about!
The main character in the story is a 16 year old boy named Miles Halter, an individual who feels somewhat isolated and dreams of making new friends. Upon arriving at Culver Creek boarding school, he befriends Chip (aka The The Colonel), and through Chip he meets Alaska. The fact that the main character is male is somewhat of a novelty, but it's short lived and the story soon is focused almost entirely on Alaska and Miles' infactuation with her. Miles is a very loveable character - the type you just want to hug and nurture. He is what makes the book what it is, and his character's feelings and personality developing throughout the book is a very interesting and uplifting read.
The book I would say would be best for young adults and perhaps mature teenagers (14-15 plus). It does contain quite a bit of swearing, sex, alchohol and other typical teenage shenanigans, although it does touch upon some sensetive subjects such as the death of a loved one etc so it is not a book that is meaningless or too predictable. I think John Green was quite brave in writing some of the paragraphs that are in this book as I am sure a lot of writers wouldn't touch some of the subject matters in such detail, however his effort in writing a believable and touching story is much appreciated by me personally - the book made me feel alot of emotions which were both good and bad - anxious, worried, teary eyed and of course happy. It is the type of book that made me reflect on my own life and question a few things, but in a positive way, and it made me realise that sometimes not been able to see into the future, or knowing certain things is the best way for things to be and is better for yourself and those around you.
Overall I loved this book, however I am not keen on reading it again as now that I know the ending I feel it won't be the same reading it again - there won't be any suspense or anxiosness to see what happens etc the second time around - the twists and turns are what makes the book what it is so reading it again is kind of pointless in my personal opinion. The book ended well and I was satisfied with the outcome. John Green writes amazingly well and the story is a very good one and I would reccomend giving this book a read. It is much better than I had thought it would be and I now agree fully with my friend that it is a great book.
I picked up my paperback copy of the book from a charity shop for something silly like 30p, however after a quick Google search I can confirm it is available from Amazon Uk for £3.75 with free delivery which in my opinion is a good price as it is a good book and a decent length too with 272 pages.