English 9-2 H
31 March 2014
Looking For Alaska
In the book Looking for Alaska written by John Green is a story about how main character Miles “Pudge” Halter moves from his hometown in Florida to go to a boarding school in Alabama called Culver Creek High School, there he meets his roommate Chip “The Colonel” Martin and his friends Alaska Young, Takumi Hikohito, and Lara Buterskaya. Throughout the novel Pudge tries and does things that he never thought he would do, he falls in love, makes friends, and also loses one friend. There is one event in the book that completely changes the story because of how unexpected this incident was. This novel was written extremely well, but if I had the chance to ask John Green a question I would. In Looking For Alaska Miles “Pudge” Halter changes characters from the start of the novel to the end, one event changes the whole book, and if I had the chance to I would ask John Green a question. At the beginning of the book Miles “Pudge” Halter was a good boy with no friends, he had never smoked a cigarette, never drank alcohol in his life, and kept up with his schoolwork according to Green, “[…] 3. Alaska had cigarettes, although the Colonel neglected to ask whether 4. I smoked, which 5. I didn’t” (14). When he moved to Culver Creek High School his whole life changed he started smoking daily, drank sometimes, and his grades started dropping quickly “And when we ran out of cheese, well, all the more room for Strawberry Hill” (113). The event that brings the change in Pudge’s Paez 2
personality is trying to impress the girl he loves, whom loves to smoke and drink, and trying to keep the friends that he has. The climax of the book that changes everything is when Alaska Young dies. In the instant when she left that night while she was drunk, the book had already changed without her death even being certified “‘I forgot! God how many times can I fuck up?’ she said. I didn’t even have time to wonder what she...
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