A review by navayiota
Αναζητώντας την Αλάσκα, by John Green

adventurous challenging dark emotional mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


Spoiler I didn't really enjoy most of this book. I found the characters annoying cause they all take themselves way too seriously. Maybe I'm angry cause they remind me of myself and how mysterious I wanted to be at their ages, and if so I guess the writing is genius for evoking that kind of feeling in me, but it really hit a nerve. The punchlines Alaska delivered at the end of some chapters really pissed me off cause this seems like the exact kind of character kids with god complexes (me in middle school) would attach to, and I think the world has enough smartasses already, we dont need more. Maybe I'm being overly critical, I don't know, I think this book might grow on me if I read it again after a while. The last third of it was a lot more interesting, and I think that might have been affected by the fact that I was reading it after learning about a death in my family, and had to listen to all my family members express some of the thoughts the characters had about Alaska's death. Maybe me being in a more sensitive state made me connect to the death of a young girl more, even if I didn't really care about her as a person. I did feel very bad for her though. It seems to me like Alaska had BPD, I'm not sure if it was John Green's vision to make her like that, if it was then she was super underdeveloped, but if it wasn't then that's just a funny coincidence.

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