Growing up is challenging. There are numbers of new experiences that all occur within a short period of time, and all without the benefit of knowing how to deal with them or what to expect next. Looking for Alaska is a story that explores several of these important and fundamental lessons within the context of a young man's first year in boarding school. As Miles (a.k.a. Pudge) grapples with new life experiences, he also wrestles with finding himself and discovering love. As readers, we get to share with Miles in these experiences that include great friendship, pranks, love, and loss; but at the same time, we are forced to accept unanswered questions, just like he must.
As an adult, I really enjoyed reading Looking for Alaska. It allowed me to think back fondly to some of my own coming-of-age experiences and pranks. It also had me thanking author John Green for writing a story that shows a more realistic side of teenage love — it’s really complicated and really confusing.
If you like realistic novels about teenagers and don’t mind stories with some loose ends, I think this could be a good option for you.