My Thoughts: I really loved the way last words were tied in with this book, and the concept of 'the labyrinth'. That's the real reason I enjoyed the book, not because of the plot, but because of the thoughts it provoked. I'm rather a nerd (hey, nothing to be ashamed of!) when it comes to clever books, and I suppose the only reason I preferred Paper Towns to this one is because it involved a lot more of the philosophical side of things. But anyway, enough of my comparisons, I'm here to talk about Looking For Alaska. First off, the characters:
To begin with, I really hated the character of Alaska, she just annoyed me too much... But she grew on me towards the end of the book (much the same way Margo did -- although I preferred Margo to Alaska)... Anyway, I also didn't really like the Colonel that much at the beginning either... To be fair, I didn't really like any of the characters to begin with as they were all just too messed up, but at the end, I loved them all. I think I'll remember each of them for their own reasons – Takumi in particular for his fox hat! UPDATE: I've just read through this paragraph, and have just realised how idiotic I was when I originally wrote this. The reason Alaska initially annoyed me is because I didn't get her... Now I've realised that you don't need to get her. She's completely screwed up–but that's just her! The same with the Colonel... The reason I loved them in the end was because I understood that the best way to live is the completely ridiculous way. As Alaska Young quoted, "I may die young, but at least I'll die clever"... And I suppose that's the way the characters choose to live their lives–to be completely cliched, they live like there's no tomorrow... Literally!
The ending to this book was great, it concentrated a lot more on the philosophical side of life and I loved the way the book rounded off. I think that, even though I wasn't too fond of the beginning, the ending suited the book perfectly. I don't really have anything else to say; this book was happy, sad and most importantly thought-provoking... Yes, I know I said I preferred Paper Towns... But I genuinely do recommend Looking For Alaska!
This book swept me off my feet and completely confuzzled me (in the best possible way)! It was thought-provoking and shocking... It's different to anything else I've read! I chose this word because it relates to the book in the same way it relates to Alaska. You don't get it, but you love it anyway! I this chose this word, not because I'm crazy, but because it refers to a quote in the book: "So I walked back into my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk,thinking that if people were rain I'd be a drizzle and she'd be a hurricane."