I think it would be an understatement if I said I” liked” this book. Because, no, I love it and I’m sure you’ll hear all about it in a moment.
Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe.
Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .
After. Nothing is ever the same.
This book is written in two parts and doesn’t contain any chapters per se. Rather than the typical numerical system, each chapter is denoted through the number of days before the major twist in the plot or the number of days after it. This is to emphasize how much impact certain turnabouts can have on the life of any teenager. It also does add a lot of thrill to the book;)
This was the better half of the book if I’d have to be honest. The humour, the recklessness, companionship, I could just picture all of that perfectly, it sounded so utterly normal. The teen within me was nodding at every event in the book and I absolutely loved the way Green had made it so relatable.
That being said, the writing and language throughout the book was mediocre and it did get very cliche at some parts, but I was in a dramatic mood that day so I suppose it suited me quite well. The before part is prior to the major turn of events and therefore it mostly just consists of the devil-may-care lives of the characters in the book. What I also loved was that this book is rib-shatteringly hilarious and there were many a time I had choked myself from laughing.
Now, this is the part where it got disastrously boring and repetitive and I was forced to skip pages together in order to stop myself from snoozing off. The thrill that Green had managed to build until the first part went tumbling down in the second. I was also highly disappointed by the excessive usage of poignant language which sounds ridiculous when combined with thrillers.
But. There is huge compensation in the form of tears. Tears of laughter. Right before the book ends, a prank takes place that is so uproarious that I eventually end up loving this book.
If you like cliche’s or drama or character’s with dirty brains; this one is for you. It’s a feel-good book and leaves you reaching for all the loose ends that it had left behind in your hearts. Definitely worth a read.