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  1. #611412013-07-19 01:26:03Maryam said:

    Finished Looking for Alaska by John Green

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    It certainly is not one of my favorites and I rather detested it but it was highly entertaining. There were some really interesting characters and as well written as the narration is, the main character doesn't relate to the reader at all. Angsty teenager in search of a new, exciting life? Sure! Angsty teenager who is shallow and kind of a dickbag to everyone but the girl he likes? Eh. Recommendable but only so that I'll have someone to talk about it with, not so that they experience reading a great book.

    The love interest also got categorized into the overused and rather annoying manic-pixie girl personality, which is certainly not what I signed up for. I was looking for something more like Green's previous novel, The Fault in Our Stars but I received something completely different, yet somehow mildly likable. Some personalities seemed so bluntly put and even forced onto the reader. There was no discovering what type of person a character really was.

    The book is thought-provoking and exciting but the main character and love interest didn't rise up to match it. On the fence, very much so on the fence.

  2. #613792013-07-23 15:50:01Decae said:

    I would like to mention that The Fault in Our Stars is Green's most recent novel, so obviously that is the best one.

    Green's an average author, but he relies too much on themes from other people. Looking Alaska had Rabeleis' "great perhaps" and Bolivar's "labyrinth" as it's primary themes. Paper Towns had Whitman. The Fault in Our Stars is an obvious reference to Shakespeare. When this man is talented enough to come up with his own amazing themes (or, rather, being able to explain them without relying on the words of others), then he might be a little better than just average. That being said, I'm glad he made a little progress with his latest novel by ditching the bland characters he loves to use and reuse.