42: Looking for Alaska

edit: I almost want to retract what I wrote here not because I changed my mind about the novel but for what it is, it’s good, but perhaps I’m just feeling extra jaded lately that I can’t appreciate it, so please do read the following review with the thought that i’m not a bad person who goes around attacking fictional characters ok? I’m not.

Ok, watch the video.

Do you like him yet? Do you like the author yet?

That’s the author, John Green.
I saw the video a long time before I read the book, so for obvious reasons, I wanted to desperately praise it, and love it. I wanted to read it again from cover to cover just so I can eat up the words and melt into the story. I wanted to think that John Green is the greatest Young Adult writer to have ever made a youtube channel. But ….

I don’t.

For a few reasons.

I hate Alaska, bitch be crazy.

And the story isn’t bad, and I mean, it’s not at all believable, and so contrived near the end that I felt he was writing drama for the sake of drama.

IF I had like the most important character, this beautiful amazing crazy cool girl Alaska, I would have went along with everything else that had happened and nod my head and agree and nod my head some more and pour over the book. But I hate alaska, I don’t get what’s so great about her, or is this just one of those things that us girls just don’t see?

The writing isn’t bad, and there are definitely some really great moments.

But it’s so damn contrived.

IS this what YA is? Am I so old that I can’t appreciate YA anymore?

I do not mean to be a hater, but I really dislike Alaska’s character, and I really dislike pretty much everyone (the only character i like is Takumi). I know teenagers are cruel and they do things without thinking, but the narrator is a selfish prick, and yeah he agreed to it that a few times during the book but still…not enough….

I can’t relate to any of the characters, I do not feel like I’m reading about youth or energy or friendship or any of that… it’s contrived, too freaking contrived.

but it won some award, so it must mean something.

I don’t mean to be such a hater…gahhhh sorry.

But it’s my opinion! :D

No Quotes for this week, but if you search for it on tumblr, i’m sure it’ll give you a ton of hits. Tumblr people love passive aggressive stuff like this…

this quote in particular is popular on tumblr:

“I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together, in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.”
— Looking For Alaska (John Green)

Hmmm…. hmm….

I think what also made me hate the book a bit is all this over-exposure of it’s quotations on tumblr….people will not stopping quoting that line.

I don’t get what’s so great about these sentences. It’s very realistic in the fact that it’s as if I found a teenage boy’s diary. But, okay, I feel nothing when I read it. I feel nothing new. Some boy is desperately in love with a girl, and guess what it’s not just for the sex! Oh my! That he likes her, that he wants to lie next to her and fall asleep with her! Hmm… I guess I should be relieved that sex is not all that they think about?

do I sound jaded? Yeah I am, how did you know :D

I really wish I had liked this book a lot more, I wanted to like it…

I like John Green the person.
And I like the book, but I think it might be a bit young for me.

And it’s probably a really good book if I were 16, and in highschool and dealing with precalculus and university applications.

And it probably is a really good selection out of the current pool of YA fiction….

I wish it were more creative though.

All this book did was to provide more quotes to put on hipstery photos on tumblogs.

edit: I wanted to clean up the language a bit, and i forgot that it was scheduled to be published so early so meh…

Posted: March 27th, 2011
Categories: 52 weeks, BOOKS
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Comments: 1 Comment.
Comment from Amelia - March 27, 2011 at 6:16 am

I only like the last part of the quote. Truthfully, I like the vlogbrothers, but I’m not interested in buying the books (I always find something more interesting to read).