Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.
After. Nothing is ever the same
This is one of my favourite books i have read this year, there have not been many favourites. It is also the only book i have ever highlighted so many quotes in. I loved this book, It was refreshing and different and inspired.
The main character Miles “Pudge” Halter is not the typical hero in my opinion, he’s the person any other author would cast as a side character or the best friend. Though having him at the centre of the story was a brilliant and inspired move. He was different, seeing everything through his eyes had a unique beauty. As the story evolved the uniqueness of this boy shone and it became evident that he was always going to be the focal point, no one else could.
I learnt ALOT from this book, i value more than anything stories that move me whilst teaching me. And that is what John Green masterfully did with his debut novel.
I will not say too much on the book, i believe i cannot sufficiently put into words a book so inherently complex and moving, i don’t believe i can sum up even the feeling of reading this. It just has to be read thorough new eyes and new minds and only then can each reader experience and understand the greatness of this story and indeed its writer.
Thank you Mr. Green.
I thought i’d end with one of the many quotes i’d highlighted and the noted down in my personal notebook for this review:
‘Everything that comes together falls apart’, the Old Man said. ‘Everything. The chair i am sitting on was built and so will fall apart. I’m gonna fall apart probably before this chair. And you’re gonna fall apart. The cells and organs and systems that make you you – they came together, grew together, and so must fall apart. The Buddha knew one thing science didn’t prove for millennia after his death: Entropy increases. Things fall apart. ‘ “