Looking For Alaska Journal

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“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…show more content…
Other important characters are Takumi, Lara and Mr. Starnes (“The Eagle”), as well as Dr. Hyde (“The Old Man”). Takumi is another friend of Miles and Alaska that is involved in some parts of the story. Lara is Miles’ girlfriend for one part of the book and later on a member of the group. “The Eagle” is the really mean teacher, that nobody likes and everybody is afraid of and he is good at finding out, when students are breaking rules. Dr. Hyde is the Religion teacher and Miles’ describes him as a genius. He makes Miles think about Life and Death, which brings a little bit of Philosophy into the story. Themes I think there are two major ideas behind this story. The first one is really obvious, especially in the end of the book: People shouldn’t ignore death as a topic. It helps to talk about it. It helps, if we have our own fantasy of what happens after someone passed away. But that Alaska would pass away was not obvious for the first half of the book, so for me personally I found another idea behind the story: You should make something out of your life. Live it at its’ fullest. Go and find “The Great Perhaps” that Miles Halters has been looking for, when he came to boarding school. After reading The book made me think a lot about the way, people react to other people deaths, and how I reacted, when someone I knew died. I absolutely agree, with the theme in this book, that people should stop avoiding the topic

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