Looking For Alaska
My review is 2 out of 5.
Why did you pick this book up?
I was made aware that one of the schools in my area was trying to ban this book. Apparently it was inappropriate due to sexual content. Come on! Who wouldn’t run out and read it now? That’s the problem with trying to ban books. It just makes them more desirable. Especially to teens. After reading this I would have to agree that I wouldn’t feel comfortable with my 13 year old boy reading it. It’s not that bad. I’m just a prude and when he learns how things like “blow jobs” happen, I don’t want to know. As his mom I hope that it doesn’t happen until college. But I am not ignorant enough to believe this. I just don’t want to know. However, there are no worries. My son wouldn’t pick this book up in a million years. There are no spies, guns, or fight scenes and there isn’t even a hint at humor.
Does this book keep you engaged?
No. This book is very slow. It took me forever to finish reading it because there was always something better to do than pick it back up.
Did you enjoy the tenor in which this book was written?
No. The tenor in which this book is written kept reminding me of “The Outsiders” by S. E. Hinton. It was depressing. While the ending is supposed to make you feel like there is hope in the future, this book had the opposite effect on my disposition. And that’s before the tragedy.
That said; this book was written very intelligently. I’m not even sure that a lot of middle-schoolers would have been able to follow some of the language that Green used. They would certainly have learned something though. Other than the afore mentioned questionable pieces.
Were the characters and the setting believable within the story line?
Yes. The whole story was entirely believable. Nothing crazy happened. Kids do crazy things. The only thing that I can’t imagine to be realistic is the Eagle. There is no way that that man did not see all of the smoking and drinking that was going on. Also, humanity is not that good. There is no way that in an entire school there is not one person that would rat out another for their own personal gain.
Would you read this book again?
No. I’m pretty sure that this is going to be one of the ones I bring to a used book store and try my luck with another unknown.