First, I must start off by saying "Squee! Look at what I just got published!" It's only the school newspaper, but it's a start!
Okay, back to business. I finished Looking for Alaska a few weeks ago and I absolutely forgot to write my review. Bad Mariah! Tsk Tsk.
I'll say this before I say anything else: I like John Green, I really do.
But, for me, this book was just too similar to Paper Towns. Does anybody else feel this way?
Let's look at the basic plot of both books (no spoilers):
-nerdy guy is looking for something bigger than himself
-nerdy guy falls in love with beautiful girl
-beautiful girl is a misunderstood force of nature
-beautiful girl disappears mysteriously
-nerdy guy tries to figure out what happened to beautiful girl for the rest of the book
-nerdy guy learns more about the world and about himself
Ya see what I mean?
If I had to choose between Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns, though, I would choose Looking for Alaska. The story was easier to relate to, or so I felt. In Paper Towns, Quentin is in love with someone from the past, a beautiful illusion that he can't seem to grasp.
Whoa, total rhyme.
Pudge, from Looking for Alaska, at least meets the girl he grows to love in the beginning of the book and gets to know her and her quirks before she disappears. It felt more realistic that a guy would be chasing after something he had grown to love, rather than an enigma.
I'd love to hear opinions on this book, if anybody has them.