How did I come into possession of this book?
I previously read The Fault in our Stars by this same author, and have heard nothing but praise for him all year. Even though the previous book I read by him was quite depressing, I thought I’d give another one of his a try for the long drive to Tahoe for the holidays.
What is it about?
Miles (aka Pudge) starts going to boarding school a couple states away from his parents. Immediately upon getting to school he falls into a crowd with his roommate. One of their closest friends is a girl named Alaska. The book follows his experience in his first year there and all the drama and fun that comes with boarding school.
What did I think?
I really liked this book. Again, it was quite depressing and after the pivotal part of the story I felt like there was quite a lot left and not sure how it would end. When it all finished up I decided that I did like the end but for a while thought it would just be upsetting and sad the whole way through. There were times in this book where I laughed and there were also touching moments. I really enjoy his writing and although I’m not sure I’d act the way many of his teenage characters do I thoroughly enjoy reading his books. This audio was great (as compared to the other book I listened to by him, which I though was very poorly narrated) and it kept my attention.
Who would I recommend it to?
This is first and foremost a young adult book. But I could see it being one that can cross over to adults because the writing isn’t just aimed at young adults. I think that is why I like his books. The topics are a bit more young adult but the way the book reads doesn’t make me feel like I’m reading a quality level below what I should be reading. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good read, it is also pretty short a nice in between for longer books you may be reading.