Last winter I was introduced to the work of author John Green through the popular and best-selling book A Fault In Our Stars.  Although much focus is placed on the beautiful and tragic love story of Hazel and Gus, what I loved most about the novel was the eclectic and honest writing style and the authentic voices of Green’s teen characters.  I consumed the novel in less then 48 hours and immediately ran out to my local bookstore and purchase three more of his novels: An Abundance of Katherines, Will Grayson Will Grayson, and Looking for Alaska.

I started reading Looking for Alaska last night and am already hooked into the story.  The plot unfolds with an interesting hook and a great pace making it very difficult to put the book down.  For an unforgettable 128 days, we follow the main character, Miles, as he learns life lessons in love, loyalty, friendship, and literature. When tragedy strikes, Miles is forced to undertake an even closer examination of his own character and relationship with his friends.  As with most of John Green’s novels, the characters we meet are all well-drawn, witty, and full of individual quirks and spunk.

Although I am currently only a few chapters in, it’s easy to understand why the novel won the Michael L. Printz Award which recognizes excellence in Young Adult literature.  This is an outstanding coming-of-age novel that would best suited for our intermediate readers.