Warning: Inevitable Spoiler Alert
Overall rating: 3.0/5
I started off with this book because I figured it would be an easier read than some others on my list, since it is considered a YA novel. However, I honestly don’t think this book is appropriate for the typical YA audience!
Based on the title, I sort of knew as soon as I learned that Alaska was a person, that she was going to die. I found this book to be more predictable than The Fault in Our Stars (another John Green book), which maybe shouldn’t shock me since this really is YA fiction.
In a nutshell, Miles, a high school student leaves public school to attend boarding school, because he is a loner type and has no friends. He gets into a crowd of folks, including a gal names Alaska, who is falls very hard for. They do all kinds of stuff — smoking, pranks, etc. Fun to read.
I did enjoy the mention of last words throughout the novel. Miles is fascinated with famous people’s last words, which was an interesting addition to the narrative.
I found a lot of the book to be a little over the top (again, because this is YA fiction). As an adult, I felt comfortable reading it and actually feeling quite sad at some points. When Miles mentions the pit in his stomach where he knows he will never feel himself again, made me almost cry, actually.
Loss is such a complicated and traumatic part of life, I hope YA readers can maintain their integrity (and pursuit of the Great Perhaps) without be coloured by the experiences depicted here.
I liked it, and recommend adults read it if they are interested in YA fiction, but I think it’s a little too intense for the casual YA reader.