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06 March 2005 @ 06:01 pm
Looking for Alaska  
I began to read this book as my flight to NYC took off. Then, I was distracted when the in-flight movie turned out to be FINDING NEVERLAND. I closed the book and opted for the movie. Now that I have finished reading LOOKING FOR ALASKA, I am beginning to believe that this was an incredibly serendipitous sequence of events. LOOKING FOR ALASKA is one of those books that sucks you in even when you realize early on in the reading that the book will deal with the death of one of its main characters (note: this is not a spoiler; it is obvious from the get-go of this novel). The writing is fresh and honest (and there will be the inevitable objections to the book for this reason) and that honesty makes the examination of the value of a life all the more poignant.

I think the parallels between FINDING NEVERLAND and LOOKING FOR ALASKA might make for some terrific discussion among readers, too. ALASKA is one of the finest debut novels I have read. It is quirky, funny, sad, maddening--all the things that make Alaska Young tick. Find the book. Read it. Pass it on to kids.
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Tanya Lee Stonetanyaleestone on March 6th, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC)
I'll second that! I read Looking for Alaska a while back, in ARC form, and thought it was stunning. Mostly for the character development, the Colonel being one of the ones who has stuck with me the most. After reading your post, I'm itching to see Neverland! Maybe on my flight to NYC tomorrow I'll get lucky!
girasole on March 6th, 2005 03:52 pm (UTC)
I love this book! What a fresh and remarkable voice! Its author, by the way, works for Ilene Cooper and Bill Ott at Booklist.
Trouble: hop on popliteraticat on March 6th, 2005 08:15 pm (UTC)
I loved it too! And I am going to a dinner with the author in like two weeks! And I am excited!
ex_zeisgeis on March 6th, 2005 08:32 pm (UTC)
I picked this up at ALA and it was the first ARC I read and I *loved* it. There were one or two scenes that raised an eyebrow but I thought the Colonel was great and even the secondary characters like Takumi sparkled.