Title: Looking for Alaska
Cover design: Martin Dima
Translated: Barokah Ruziati & Sekar Wulandari
Print: Third, September 2014
Publisher: PT. Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Number of pages: 288 pages
Genre: Young Adult
ISBN: 978 602 03 0732 9
Before.Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy 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. She 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. -BLURB-
Readers must be familiar with the author John Green with his great works such as; The Fault in Our Stars or Paper Towns. Looking for Alaska, which first appeared in 2005, was filmed as a mini-series on the Hulu channel in eight episodes in 2019.
Still in the scope of teenagers, Looking for Alaska also presents a fresh story about the lives of teenagers in general. juvenile delinquency; smoking, drinking, sex, and gang strife.
At the beginning of reading this book, the reader will be confused because the main character in this book is not Alaska. Miles 'Pudge' Halter, is the main character as well as the narrator who tells everything about Alaska Young, a girl friend at his new school. Miles 'Pudge' Halter is a young man with an ordinary life. Pudge has a hobby of reading biographies and memorizing the last words of world famous figures.
Pudge's move to his new boarding school Culver Creek in Alabama is the wish of his father, who is an alumni of the school, as well as Pudge's wish motivated by the last words of his favorite character Francois Rabelais about a great perhaps.
Pudge met Chip 'Colonel' Martin as his roommate at Culver Creek, and the man who gave Miles Halter's middle name "pudge" as opposed to Pudge's tall, skinny build. The Colonel had a knack for reading world maps, and he was the leader of all the trouble he had with his two friends; Alaska Young and Takumi Hikohito.
Alaska Young; tall, beautiful, long hair, smart, funny, sexy and impulsive. Alaska Young loves to read books like Pudge. Their meeting, the inclusion of Miles "Pudge" Halter into the group of Alaska and his friends is a great perhaps for Pudge. Pudge's father warned Pudge not to drink, smoke, and do other things prohibited at Culver Creek House. However, Alaska Young, Chip "colonel" Martin, and Takumi take him to a different world. Alaska Young loved the book about Simon Bolivar and Simon's words, "Damn it, how will I ever get out of this labyrinth?"
Looking for Alaska is divided into two parts. 136 days before, and 136 days after.
The flow of this book goes back and forth. Miles "Pudge" Halter recounts the 136 days before as sweet days that make readers remember funny things during school days. Even these four friends are famous for their actions that often prank their opponents on the Weekday Warriors team, which of course is chaired by Alaska Young.
What happens after 136 days?
Miles, Colonel, and Takumi face equally tough days. They're looking for Alaska and the reason why Alaska left?
So? Where did Alaska go?
John Green never disappoints his readers. Looking for Alaska clearly carries an important moral message about teenagers and all the problems that teenagers face.
After I finished reading this book, I felt like I was also looking for Alaska. I'm one of those readers who suspect Alaska's departure from feelings of guilt she can't heal. Feelings of regret that are not quickly healed.
Reading Looking for Alaska made me more aware of "how much do we know about our close friends? What problems are they having? Are they having a good day? Are they really happy when they laugh? Is there anything else they can do?" actually they hide and cover it by pretending to be happy?"
John Green invites readers to get to know our close friends and loved ones better. More than worth it, Looking for Alaska is a highly recommended read.
Once again, John Green was able to knock on our hearts about the importance of mental health for teenagers with his book Looking for Alaska.
“The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.” - John Green, 'Looking For Alaska'.
“Thomas Edison's last words were 'It's very beautiful over there'. I don't know where there is, but I believe it's somewhere, and I hope it's beautiful.” - John Green, 'Looking For Alaska'.
So, will you looking for Alaska with me?
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