Review: Looking For Alaska

This is a very emotional book and has brought so many people to tears. It shows connections of friendships, how important it is to be around true friends in the time of need, such as the death of one of them. Looking for Alaska brings these characters to life through the conversations they have with each other and how they react to different situations. They do not all react the same way. When Miles is kicked out of class he just accepts it but then Alaska comes along and yells at the teacher, saying it is really his fault.

The voice jumps around. It goes from a consistent voice, saying things as they were happening and showing everyone’s reactions to saying something profound. One example is when Colonel says “After all this time, it still seems to me like straight and fast is the only way out—but I choose the labyrinth. The labyrinth blows, but I choose it” (216). This section of what he says is so much more profound than some other things he says throughout the book, such as “Okay, down to business. Get anything her aunt wouldn’t want to find” (154). It does not seem likely he would be able to say something so profound after speaking so plainly for the entirety of the book.

When the voice is consistent it makes the reader feel as though they really know the characters instead of constantly thinking that it does not sound like the same person talking all the time. The quote about the labyrinth would be more fitting if, say Miles had said it because he says more profound things during the duration of the novel, such as “That deep, can-still-taste-her-in-my-mouth sleep, that sleep that is not particularly restful but is difficult to wake from all the same” (131).

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