Wednesday, November 6

Looking for Alaska: Feelings and Quotes

Spending some of my vacation days in the province was probably the best gift I've given myself for the month of October. It felt good to just pack all my things, bring unread books from summer 2013 and travel five hours to reach my mom's hometown. The place where mom grew up has become one of my favorite destinations during short breaks. Whenever I go there, I get limited access to the internet and even to a phone signal. Thus, I have more time to rest, relax, read and write. I can do anything I want without worrying about deadlines, contacts from friends or working online.

For my recent stay at the province, one of the books I was able to finish reading was Looking for Alaska. The young adult novel is written by one of the brightest authors in this generation, John Green. I had high expectations for this book especially that I heard from friends that the writer is award-winning and most of his books have been listed in New York Times Bestseller. In the two days of reading the novel, I found myself in a roller coaster ride. There were parts of the book that brought laughter and smiles while there were those pages that caused heart breaks and frustrations. Verdict: Looking for Alaska didn't fail me. In fact, it exceeded my expectations.

Spoiler alert: Do not read the rest of the post if you do not want spoilers for this book.

The Book

There is this ordinary guy in Florida named Miles "Pudge" Halter. He is the type of person no one knows about. Everything was changed when he went to Alabama and entered a boarding school, Culver Creek. It was the first time that he gained independence from his parents and lived in an entirely new place. The first person he met in Culver Creek was Chip Martin aka Colonel who happens to be his roommate and the one who gave him the nickname Pudge.

With the help of Colonel, he met a group of friends who made his life in Culver Creek interesting and exceptional. One of them was the beautiful, brave and adventurous Alaska Young. The first time he saw Alaska, Pudge was already mesmerized with her beauty and attitude. Eventually, he fell in love with the unpredictable and emotionally unstable Alaska Young. They shared unforgettable moments over Thanksgiving, spent exciting days planning for pranks and interesting conversations about "getting out of the labyrinth." They spent the best times of their lives together, not as lovers, but as friends.


Just when I thought that they will end up as a happy couple, John Green broke my heart and revealed Alaska's death towards the end of the book. The best part in Looking for Alaska is when Pudge, Colonel and the rest of their friends worked together to solve the mystery of Alaska Young's death. Was it an accident or a suicide? As they search for the answers to their question, they discovered the deep secrets of the attractive and strong-willed lady they all loved. The final question was, did Alaska choose the easy and fast way out of the labyrinth?

This young adult novel will make you laugh, smile and cry. It will show you the importance of friendship and will give you an idea on how to deal with the issues in your life. The book will also inspire you to value your friends and make them feel special all the time. You may not have another tomorrow with them so make every moment count. Most importantly, don't forget to choose to enjoy the labyrinth. You will soon find your way out.

Looking for Alaska Quotes

"I go to seek a Great Perhaps."

"At some point, you just pull of the Band-Aid and it hurts, but then it's over and you're relieved."

"I must talk, and you must listen, for we are engaged here in the most important pursuit in history: the search for meaning. What is the nature of being a person? What is the best way to go about being a person? How did we come to be, and what will become of us when we are no longer? In short: What are the rules of this game, and how might we best play it?"

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"You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you'll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present."

"Sometimes you win the battle. But mischief always wins the war."

"I mean, it's stupid to miss someone you didn't even get along with. But I don't know, it was nice, you know having someone you could always fight with."

"God will punish the wicked. And before he does, we will."

"And as a rule, I like to avoid drama."

"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."

"How will I ever get out of this labyrinth!"

"That is the fear: I have lost something important, and cannot find it, and I need it. It is fear like if someone lost his glasses and went to the glasses store and they told him that the world had run out of glasses and he would just have to do with out."

"The point is that there are always answers."

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"It was not enough to be the guy she kissed. I wanted to be the last one she loved. And I knew I wasn't. I knew it, and I hated her for it. I hated her for not caring about me. I hated her for leaving that night, and I hated myself, too, not only because I let her go but because if I had been enough for her, she wouldn't have even wanted to leave."

"She had proved to me that it was worth it to leave behind my minor life for grander maybes."

"I could try to pretend that I didn't care anymore, but it could never be true again."

"You left me Perhapsless, stuck in your goddamned labyrinth. And now I don't even know if you chose the straight and fast way out, if you left me like this on purpose."

"Last words are always harder to remember when no one knows that someone's about to die."

"Everything that comes together falls apart."

"Entropy increases. Things fall apart."

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"The cessation of desire meant the cessation of suffering. When you stopped wishing things wouldn't fall apart, you'd stop suffering when they did."

"Some mysteries aren't meant to be solved."

"She didn't leave me enough to discover her, but she left me enough to rediscover the Great Perhaps."

"What is your cause for hope?"

"After all this time, it still seems to me like straight and fast is the only way out - but I chose the labyrinth. The labyrinth blows but I choose it."

"There were so many of us who would have to live with things done and things left undone that day. Things that did not go right, things that seemed okay at the time because we could not see the future. If only we could see the endless string of consequences that result from our smallest actions. But we can't know better until knowing better is useless."

"We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irrepably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are."

As John Green puts it, the only way out of the labyrinth is to forgive.

30 comments:

  1. Nice of you to have time reading novel. As per your review it sounds good to me. I'll try to read this book.

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  2. To be honest, I haven't read John Green's work. Tried reading Abundance but I can't seem to finish it. A lot of people like his work though, I might try again. :)

    xx Daphne of http://daphnebenosa.com

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  3. Reading is one relaxing thing that I miss doing and I miss probinsya life too.

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  4. Another good romantic novel to read. Ganda ng mga qoutes. BTW I've heard about this author from a friend. bidang-bida siya on how Mr. Green presented his story line.

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  5. love this book and the rest of john green's book! 1st on the list is the fault in our stars. :)

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  6. John Green? Haven't heard of him until today. If this is a best-selling novel then I will reco this to my sister who loves reading and collecting books too. ;)

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  7. that must be pretty cool, i envy your relaxation...never read those books before but love the synopsis.

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  8. Gotta love these lines:

    "God will punish the wicked. And before he does, we will."

    It's like giving an initial punishment first before the master will do the final thing. :D

    "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."

    I like how innocent the guy is and such little gesture can already make him happy.

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  9. Interesting! I shall look at this book at our local bookstore, or may be at the public library? Sounds like a great read!

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  10. I know John Green. He have loads of beautiful books. I would probably grab a copy.

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  11. Just reading the quotes and your summary, makes me imagine the story. I am always a fan of sad love stories hehehehe

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  12. "At some point, you just pull of the Band-Aid and it hurts, but then it's over and you're relieved."

    My life story!!!

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  13. "At some point, you just pull of the Band-Aid and it hurts, but then it's over and you're relieved."-- this line is just so true. i think this book is a good christmas gift to myself:)

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  14. Boarding school reminds me of Gossip Girl and how the story went is similar to Perks of Being A Wallflower---sort of! :) And I love how you sited almost all good quotable lines in the book. :)

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  15. t'was a good relaxing vacation you had and a very indeed perfectly review of the book :)
    more posts like this please :)

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  16. I like the quote on not using the future to escape the present since while foresight is important it's more important to be in touch with the present.

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  17. I have yet to read any of John Green's books, but this story seems interesting. The plot may be dated but the way the characters are developed is much more important, at least for me.

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  18. Amazing read :) Made me think hard. this review would surely convince my niggard pocket to buy the book :) I love these quotes by the way:

    "God will punish the wicked. And before he does, we will."

    "There were so many of us who would have to live with things done and things left undone that day. Things that did not go right, things that seemed okay at the time because we could not see the future. If only we could see the endless string of consequences that result from our smallest actions. But we can't know better until knowing better is useless."

    Thanks for sharing :)

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  19. What is the essence of having time and having a vacation: stress relief, health, and productivity, and learn. And reading novel is a proper way to release from stress and to learn at the same time and be productive.

    "What is your cause for hope?" Maybe we have different answer here, for me as a single parent my answer here are my daughters. Hoping that as they grow old they will have the guidance they receive from both parents (even if someone is missing). That if I am gone still hoping that they will still remember the things I've said to them.

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  20. Algeeeeeeneeee hahahaha! Read this book last summer and LOL NIHILAK GUD KO BAAAAA. HAHAHAHA. Pero bitaw, John Green is a great author!!! Ganahan kaayo ko keyyyy

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  21. The quotes only prove one thing this is a good love story.

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  22. I love reading inspirational books but not a novel. Though I am scanning them once in a while for quotations that I may apply to myself.

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  23. There are so many quotable quotes in the book and I find it nice to just reflect on them and understanding myself more.

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  24. Haven't read any book from John Green before but yes , i've heard he is great. And oops I read the spoils -____- hahaha will still read it tho when I got an epub copy. Thanks for the quotes as well :)

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  25. very nice! gotta have to read to whole post since i dont have time to read this past months! love the whole things!! will read some others pa!

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  26. I love to read book as well especially inspirational ones. Really interested on this one.

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  27. Interesting book to read. Reading the quotes makes me feel like reading it. I know how the story would go by just reading the quotes you shared.

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  28. Reading this post makes me want to have a vacation right now!. A stress free vacation is one of the best feelings that you'll ever fell in your entire life. :))

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  29. Woah that's one great spoiler right there! Haha. I've read the first few chapters of this book before but I got bored and stopped. John Green is a great author---maybe I'll give this book a second chance. ;)

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  30. love to have a vacation as well and spend some quality time with family. my wife always dream to have some time to read a book as you are... such busy life... hahaha... i'll recommend the book to her. Yahweh bless.

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