Looking For Alaska -John Green

I just finished Looking For Alaska for the second time. I read in less than 24 hours, and when I wasn’t reading I was thinking. This book has basically consumed my thoughts for the past day.  There are many great quotes and symbolism that I didn’t notice the first time. One of the most notable was “How do you get out of the labyrinth of suffering?” (John Green). This question consumed Alaska and is a reoccurring theme in the story.

The first time I read Looking For Alaska, my focus was not on the symbolism and the questions that were raised while reading, instead it was focused the smoking and the drinking. However, while there is still a lot of smoking and drinking, it done symbolically and has a deeper meaning. Well it has a deeper meaning for Alaska….

“Y’all smoke to enjoy it. I smoke to die.”

As you can probably tell Alaska is one of those characters that is as deep and mysterious as the ocean. She is impulsive, random, and spontaneous. She has a “Life Library” of all the books she wants to read, and can quote authors and poets without hesitation. She is one of those characters that makes you wish you were fictional just so you can know her and be like her. But she was broken, hurting, and full of guilt. (SPOILER) And like most characters like her, she meant an unfortunate ending, because the way I see it people that amazing, that unique are too good for this world. As Pudge said…

“If people were rain,
I was drizzle
and she was a hurricane.”

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All The Bright Places -Jennifer Niven

You know that feeling you get after you finish an amazing book? That sort of dazed feeling where you don’t know what to do anymore? That’s how I feel after finishing this book. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is now one of my favorite books. Theodore Finch is one of those characters you wish was real.

Story: All The Bright Places follows Theodore Finch, a freak who is suicidal, and Violet who is popular but has to deal with the death of her sister. Their stories cross when Finch talks Violet out of jumping off the bell tower.

There are so many good quotes that make you think  and stick in your head. Here are some of my favorites.

“What if life could be this way? Only the happy parts, none of the terrible, not even the mildly unpleasant. What if we could just cut out the bad and keep the good?”

“Let’s go. Let’s count for something. Let’s get off that ledge.”

“There is such a thing as a perfect day.”

“You make me lovely, and it’s so lovely to be lovely to the one I love…”

“The thing I realize is, it’s not what you take, it’s what you leave.”

This book is a beautiful, broken, love story between to wonderful people who have been through rough times. It is funny and sad at the same time, and will leave you wishing for more.

 

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