“Looking for Alaska” – John Green
About The Book & Expectations
I chose the novel “Looking for Alaska” by John Green, because I already read a reading sample in my English lessons in Germany from this book and I really liked the style of writing the author used. I also chose this novel, because many of my friends said it was a good book and worth reading, besides the fact, that the book is well-known for some of its quotes (“If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane”) and the awards it won (Michael L. Printz Award). The author is also known for his book “The fault in our stars”, which is another one of his four books. I expect the book to be dramatic, realistic, provocative and maybe even opinion-changing, but most of all I expect it to be good, because after all the talk about it I had with friends, I’m really excited to read it. About the Content
The story starts in Florida, where Miles Halter, the central character, lived his whole life. After the first twelve pages, the setting already changes to a boarding school in Alabama called “Culver Creek”. It’s not really obvious if story happened in the past, present or future, but after doing some rereading I found out it must have all happened 2004/2005 (p. 250 Alaskas mother died on 10th January 1997, p.258 Alaskas mother was dead for eight years that day). Structure
The whole story is told in a linear structure, the progress shown at the beginning of the chapters, that don’t have names but count the days before and after Alaskas death (starting at “One hundred and thirty-six days before” and ending at “One hundred and thirty six days after”), which means that the book consists of two parts, which are named “Before” and “After”. Characters
The main characters of this book are Miles Halter (“Pudge”), Chip Martin (“The Colonel”) and Alaska Young. Miles Halter is the young man, from which perspective we are getting told the story. His opinions and thoughts are shown to the reader...
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