Book Review

If young adult novels are something that fills you with excitement and joy and if you are young and looking for something oh so relatable, be whisked away into the havoc and rebellion of the world of Alaska Young. Looking for Alaska just got a whole lot more exciting. The book is now being turned into a film adaptation! Just as Miles ‘Pudge’ Halter once was, an oblivious and average teenager who – such as yourself – had an ordinary life…until he met Alaska.

Looking for Alaska is the first of many young adult novels written by John Green and published March 3rd of 2005, making the book over ten years old! Over the ten years since release there have been many attempts and failed at a film adaptation of the book until this year was announced a successful vision of creating a film adaptation which many readers of John Green are excited. Especially after the successful adaptations of two other books by John Green (The Fault in Our Stars) and (Paper Towns) the film is said to start shooting in 2016 and released at a later date in autumn 2016. As the release of a film adaptation of Looking for Alaska is so new, the cast and release date have not been announced. I have a feeling this film is going to be VERY much worth watching!

Now… I should probably tell you the story, shouldn’t I? (Well, that’s the point…) Looking for Alaska starts when sixteen years old, Miles Halter moves from Florida to Alabama to attend boarding school at Culver Creek when he stumbles upon 5ft tall, Chip ‘The Colonel’ Martin. The Colonel introduced Pudge to his friends Takumi Hikohito the Mc/Hip pop enthusiast and of course; beautiful, mysterious and emotionally unstable Alaska Young. After hearing about Miles’ obsessions with last words Alaska informs him of Simón Bolívar’s final words: “Damn it. How will I ever get out of this labyrinth!” and a deal was made: If Miles found out what the labyrinth was, Alaska would find him a girlfriend. However, nothing is ever that simple.  Stubborn, thrilling and gorgeous Alaska Young already belongs to somebody else’s heart, but that didn’t stop Miles for falling for her own. The story progresses to be filled with laughter and heartbreak and is a page turner for anybody who has read it.

I believe that the film is going to be accurately and cleverly produced as John Green’s other two book to film adaptations ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ and ‘Paper Towns’ were so successful. With rightfully chosen actors and actresses the overall acting of the story will be superb and I believe John Green will choose carefully both actors and actresses and also a magnificent team and director. I believe that you should must go watch this film when it is released! You will not regret it. However, I believe most fans of the book feel the same as I do when they say the hope vital parts of the story aren’t missed out to shorten down the screening time. Every point of the book is magical and leads to something, so it must be included.

Looking For Alaska genuinely conveys a serious message mostly aimed at teenagers and young adults. The message is present throughout the whole of the book and I hope is included in the film adaptation as I believe it will relate to many other teenagers and young adults. I believe the mood of Looking For Alaska is something that everyone will be able to enjoy as it’s a story filled with emotion and will make you feel both happy and sad with a jaw-dropping plot twist.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab the book and anxiously wait for the film like the rest of us.

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