Friday, February 28, 2014

'Looking For Alaska' by John Green

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Title: Looking for Alaska
Author: John Green

Release Date: February 28th, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Source: Bought
Genre: YA, Contemporary


A deeply affecting coming-of-age story, Looking for Alaska traces the journey of Miles Halter, a misfit Florida teenager who leaves the safety of home for a boarding school in Alabama and a chance to explore the "Great Perhaps." Debut novelist and NPR commentator Green perfectly captures the intensity of feeling and despair that defines adolescence in this hip, shocking, and emotionally charged work of fiction.

Miles has a quirky interest in famous people's last words, especially Fran├žois Rabelais's final statement, "I go to seek a Great Perhaps." Determined not to wait for death to begin a similar quest, Miles convinces his parents to let him leave home. Once settled at Culver Creek Preparatory School, he befriends a couple of equally gifted outcasts: his roommate Chip―commonly known as the Colonel—who has a predilection for memorizing long, alphabetical lists for fun; and the beautiful and unpredictable Alaska, whom Miles comes to adore.

The kids grow closer as they make their way through a school year filled with contraband, tests, pranks, breakups, and revelations about family and life. But as the story hurtles toward its shattering climax, chapter headings like "forty-six days before" and "the last day" portend a tragic event―one that will change Miles forever and lead him to new conclusions about the value of his cherished "Great Perhaps."

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

'Looking For Alaska' by John Green is the first ever John Green book I've ever read. And I have to say, I'm impressed. The way the story is told, the descriptions of the characters and the settings and the WRITING are just great.

I love everything about the book that I even contemplated for a few days whether to post a review on this book as I feel that I am not eligible to voice out critics and whatnots as I just love it that much. But here goes nothing:

'Looking For Alaska' tells the story of Miles Halter's life when he transfers to Culver Creek Boarding School in search of a Great Perhaps. He became friends with his roommate, Colonel (that's his roommate's nickname) and Alaska Young. I won't go into the details about the whole storyline but I will say one thing: this story is divided into Before and After a life-changing event in Miles' life.

The life-changing event is a drastic one indeed that I did not see coming AT ALL. I made guesses during the Before part of the novel about the event. I made a guess that perhaps Miles would get expelled for getting caught drinking or smoking (yes, there're lots of cigarettes and alcohols involved in this story, maybe too much- that's one of the 2 things that I don't like about this novel. The second being the description of a blow job that grossed me out. Okay, so maybe I'm a prude! Those are the only two criticisms I have about this book).

After reading through the life-changing incident, I ALMOST cried. Almost.

I love the storyline. Well, most part of it anyway.

Can't wait to read the next John Green book that's sitting on my shelf right this moment!

Friday, February 14, 2014

So, I have made my decision.

I will stay and just complete the whole diploma thing. I should at least finish what I started.

I know that there will be days that I will question this decision and there will be times when I feel as if this is the worst mistake I've ever made. But I have to suck it up and see where it leads me.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

What if I just quit? I could start all over again, right?

I've been questioning about my choice of pre-university programme ever since forever (Technically, I wouldn't even call it a 'choice', more of a 'coincidence' or something that just happened.)

To tell the truth, I've been contemplating if I should write a post on this matter. I wanna be honest but I was an emotional wreck when I finally woke up to the reality of what I let happened, I just couldn't bring myself to blog about it, let alone talk openly about it.

I'm currently taking diploma in accounting in a small college institution (I won't go into the details of how and why I decided to 'cause I don't remember much. Everything seems so hazy at that time).
I was surprised that I didn't HATE accounting (I created this assumption in my head during my years in secondary school that I would totally hate it after hearing what my peers think of it, considering the fact that I never took up this subject in school).

Yes, I don't hate it. But do I LOVE it? Most definitely not! I would gladly put away all the accounting problems I have to solve and just lay on the couch and read a good book.

When I've finally come to terms with that, I decided that it's high time to figure out what my passion is. After going through websites after websites, self-help books after self-help books, I still don't know what passions I have that I could use to mould into a career.

In a previous post, I blogged about some of the ambitions I have growing up. Well, one thing that I'm certain of right now is that my dream of becoming a sociologist is definitely over. Instead, I found my heart lingering on becoming a lawyer. (I know I mentioned that I gave up my dream of becoming a lawyer a long time ago, but lately, this ambition just keeps coming back to me).

From what it seems to me, there're LOADS of lawyers out there. They're everywhere! I doubt my ability of becoming and succeeding as one in the future. However this time, I tried to refrain myself from talking myself out of this dream. I figure that I should just hold on to this ambition for a little while and see where fate leads me.

*Sighs* If only it were that easy.

Should I continue this programme?
I'm not sure. In fact, I'm not sure about everything anymore. This sucks.

If I quit, one year's worth of my efforts would've gone to waste. Maybe I could just hang in there. I'm not sure... but maybe I will.

I guess it's because of my personality but I don't like to quit or give up AFTER I've put in my sweat and tears and time and tears again into something.