My teenage daughter says "John Green rips out my heart and stomps on it. Every time." I have to agree with her. While reading Looking For Alaska, I laughed out loud, many times. I wanted to cry. And I had to put the book down and walk away for a while because I was so mad about the turn of events. But of course I picked the book up again. I had to find out what happened. John Green certainly knows how to write about teenagers. From sarcasm to innocence, apathy to exploding drama, his characters are alive with the specialness of youth. It is so easy to get drawn into their personalities and their lives. And that's when your heart will get ripped out and stomped on. Fair warning! Because of how this story is set up, with a clear Before and After, you will see something coming. You will probably speed through the Before because that event is dangling right in front of you. And then comes the After, which you have to read, to make your heart feel better. Thankfully, Green is a good storyteller, and you may even laugh again.
Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults & ALA Quick Pick. Reprint.