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Today I finished reading Looking For Alaska by John Green. By the end of the book I had more passages underlined and sticky notes sticking out of the side of the book than I imagined I would. I picked the book up because someone mentioned to me that it was like J.D. Salinger's novel, The Catcher In The Rye; I have never heard something further from the truth. However, the book, once I got past the slow beginning was a gem and I am glad I finished it. The last half of the book really spoke volumes to me.

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felixdiecat
Feb. 16th, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
I flipping loved it. I re-re-reread it a few weeks ago, and I remembered that it did have a really slow start. It's just...amazing. One day soon, I want to read through it and mark every interesting passage. I'll have more paper clips than pages! XD
themadpoker
Feb. 16th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
Agreed on the nixing Cather in the Rye statement. 0_o If nothing else I hated Catcher and loved Looking for Alaska. And it is an awesome book, isn't it. =D Have you tried any of his other books?
kateywaslike
Feb. 16th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
I haven't, and truthfully, I only picked this one up because of the Salinger comparison because I'm a die hard Salinger fan. I loved this book, only because of how much I could feel what Miles was saying about the loss of this person that may or may not have loved him back. The parallels to my actual life were enough to make me quiver.

I've heard great things about him as a writer so I may in the future pick something else of his up.
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kateywaslike
Feb. 16th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
I'll certainly add him on my list of things to browse for to my next bookstore run. Just because your reference made me think I would be as excited as a school boy in the hot wheel section at the toy store.
boleyn
Feb. 16th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, I remember seeing the cover at my local bookstore and was really intrigued by it so the next day I checked it out at my library and read the whole book within 4 hours. It's one of my favorite books and now you've gotten me to where I want to reread it again.
kateywaslike
Feb. 16th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
:] i'm glad.
im_writing
Feb. 16th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
I *love* this book. I read it because my roommate gave me a copy of it because I lent her a ton of my YA books for her class (I'd had the same one the semester before) and it was a book she was required to read but I hadn't been. I was literally sitting in my bed sobbing by the time the book was done. I think that Green just portrayed grief in an amazingly realistic manner. I liked that the relationships became strained after she died and that it didn't end up being contrite with everyone suddenly bonding over this dead girl. And when he was screaming in the gym right after they found out it happened? Heart-wrenching.

I bought a copy of An Abundance of Katherines but I haven't read it yet. I think I'm going to after I finish the LOTR series.
kateywaslike
Feb. 16th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
The fact that it was extremely realistic was the redeeming part of the book for me. :]
felixdiecat
Feb. 17th, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)
I checked out AAOK from the library, but I ran out of time before I could finish it. It was good. It was written in a different style than LFA, but it was still good. I want to buy it now.... xD
patsfan610
Feb. 16th, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
i LOVE this book! :]
slightlymore
Feb. 16th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
You've made me want to pick it up. I think I will. Thank you. ♥
be_tru2388
Feb. 16th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
Is there anyone out there who had trouble getting through this book? I couldn't get past the first ten pages; the narrator had such an attitude. The book is so universally praised, though, that I feel like I must be missing something.
kateywaslike
Feb. 16th, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
I read the first half and I dragged myself through it. I put it down for months and finally forced myself to finish it today - the second half completely redeemed the entire book.
felixdiecat
Feb. 17th, 2009 03:46 am (UTC)
It has a really lousy start, but it definitely picks up! The 2nd half of the book is just intense! The second quarter is a fun read. The first bit just drags though. :-\
sunni_sideup
Feb. 17th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
Looking for Alaska is my least favorite John Green book, but it's still pretty amazing. I just prefer his later books more... LFA got kind of odd in the middle, but the end was absolutely heartbreaking. Didn't expect it at all.
felixdiecat
Feb. 17th, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
I almost cried by the time I was done with LFA. >
sunni_sideup
Feb. 17th, 2009 03:51 am (UTC)
I bawled. And I was amazed that I did, because I really didn't think I cared about the characters that much. I was wrong. XP
felixdiecat
Feb. 17th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
Yeah. I almost cried, but then I brought myself back to reality a bit. I moped for a while. When I re-re-re-reread it, I was mopey.... x)
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