Reflecting on Looking for Alaska

Well, it’s been a long time, but I have now ventured back into the sparse depths of the Bookworm Corner section of Similara! This is mainly due to the fact that reading hasn’t happened as often during 2016 as I wanted it to — however, after a mild panic attack in June when I had only finished two books out of my 12-book goal for my Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge, I thought it was time to change that. And I have now just finished my fourth book of the year! Looking for Alaska by John Green.

I was aiming for a few quick and easy reads to catch up to where I should be at in terms of the challenge (which is book number seven!!), and quick and easy is what I found in Looking for Alaska. The story revolves around Miles, who we follow during his first year at a boarding school called Culver Creek. He befriends a guy called Chip (Colonel), as well as a guy called Takumi, and a girl Alaska.

Now, I don’t like reviews that give you too much away, so that’s literally all I am going to tell you about the book. But I will tell you what I took away from it — and this may or may not have been because I was super sick when I read it:

  1. Your friends are important. It doesn’t matter whether they’re frustrating as hell sometimes, or if you really don’t know what they’re talking about, or always agree with their points of view. They’re important and we should treasure them!
  2. Don’t skip important events with your family — this one’s not overly obvious in the book, but the story did make me reflect on this a bit. Your family is an essential part of who you are.
  3. Hindsight is great and all, but don’t dwell on the past too much. Whatever is happened is over and done with, and you’ve got to pick yourself up and get on with your life. If you spend too much time thinking about the past, you’ll miss some pretty awesome opportunities in the future!

Overall, Looking for Alaska was pretty cute — a quick and easy read that you can fit in around your busy schedule. It definitely got me back into the buzz of reading a few pages before I fall asleep each night! Want to check it out for yourself? Click the image to grab your copy: