BOOK ARTICLE # 1 - Looking for Alaska
To start off, I just want to say that this book has by far, been my favorite book ever. It starts with a guy named Miles Halter who left home and transferred in Alabama to attend Culver Creek Preparatory High school. He uses Francois Rabelais’s last words—”I go to seek a Great Perhaps”—as his argument for choosing boarding school at such a late age. Miles is fond of reading biographies, and particularly of memorizing the subjects’ last words.
Soon, he meets his roommate, Chip “The Colonel” Martin. The Colonel soon provides Miles with his very own nickname: “Pudge,” ironic as Miles is tall and slender. Miles is later introduced to the Colonel’s friend, Alaska Young. Alaska is described as an attractive yet emotionally unstable girl. Besides Alaska, the Colonel also introduces him to Takumi, a student of Japanese descent.
The eve of his first day at Culver Creek, Pudge is grabbed out of his bed, duct-taped, and tossed into a nearby lake by the “Weekday Warriors,” a group of rich Birmingham-area students of Culver Creek. The reason the Weekday Warriors duct-taped Pudge is because the year before one of their friends, Paul, had been expelled and they blamed the Colonel and his friends.
The Colonel and Alaska have been planning a pre-prank to lull the Warriors into a state of peace. The weekend of the pre-prank Pudge and his friends head to the old barn by the school. Takumi and Pudge light firecrackers by the Eagle’s house, causing him to run after them. The Colonel and Alaska would change the Warriors’ grades on their report cards. And, finally, Lara put blue dye in the Warriors’ shampoo and hair gel. The next day, while they’re still at the barn, they drink, smoke and try to pass the time. While inebriated, Alaska tells them about her mother’s death from an aneurysm when she was eight years old. She feels guilty for not calling 911, though she did not understand what was happening at the time. Pudge figures that her mother’s death made Alaska impulsive and rash. He concluded that the labyrinth was a person’s suffering and that we must find our way out. When they return to school, Pudge and Alaska end up alone together. Alaska dares Pudge to “hook up” with her, and they begin making out. She stops, telling him she’s too sleepy, and they can leave it “to be continued”. Then they all fell asleep. Alaska received a phone call in the middle of the night that leaves her hysterically crying and tells her friends she has to leave.
What’s next? THAT’S FOR YOU TO KNOW. (i don’t give spoilers)
Anyway, Reading the book was actually really fun and memorable. I got to learn many many things about it. One thing is that i should actually cherish every moment of every day in my life, and i should spend it wisely and truthfully. Also, this book made me realize that avoiding your problems and leaving them behind is not the perfect escape, rather, facing your problems and solving them with might. I totally recommend all of you to read it because this book contains many last words, and it is full of answers.
love, shai xoxo