Publication Date: December 28th, 2006
Age Group: Young Adult
Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter's whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" (François Rabelais, poet) even more. Then he heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, 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, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.
After. Nothing is ever the same
I'm a bit conflicted about this book. I liked it a lot...just not as much as I thought I would.
I liked the concept and the story. I liked how Miles "Pudge" has the courage to leave everything (which wasn't much, but still...) behind and move to another state to look for the Great Perhaps. In his new school he meets Chip "The Colonel", Takumi, Lara and Alaska. I like the fact that none of them were stereotypical and were quite interesting. And the things they got up to at the school (and in a way made me want to go to a private boarding school...I need to find my Great Perhaps). I have to say that I had some problems with Pudge but mainly with Alaska. For some reason I cannot find it in me to feel any kind of sympathy for her (I know, I'm a terrible person), I understand that her life wasn't the best but I hated the way she acted sometimes.
Maybe my lack of connection with Miles and Alaska was the only reason why I didn't see this book as heartbreaking as most people did. Now, this doesn't mean that I didn't like this book. Like I said before, I liked it a lot but I was just waiting for me to start crying my eyes out like I did on The Fault In Our Stars but that just didn't happen, so that kind of disappointed me. But I do recommend this book though, since I'm sure my problem with Alaska is a bit of a personal thing.
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