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John Green – Looking for Alaska | Review

Title: Looking for Alaska

Author: John Green

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 272

Rating: 7/10


John Green - Looking for Alaska

John Green – Looking for Alaska


This is my second John Green book, after The Fault in Our Stars, and I have to say that I wasn’t particularly impressed. It was an okay read, and edited and formatted to a professional standard, but I found it to be predictable at times and almost more of a character study in a bunch of characters that I didn’t really care about, rather than an epic novel with a mind-blowing story line.

Still, for what it was, it was decent enough, and I’m still glad that I read it if only because I can now say that I did so. And it won’t put me off reading any the author’s other work – I mean, it’s easy-to-read, it’s just not quite as deep as I was hoping for. For me, it’s a little bit like Dan Brown – his books may feel formulaic at times, but you can’t deny that they’re competent.

From John Green, though, I was hoping for a little more, some sort of magic that felt like it was missing. I set my expectations too high, and I also have a feeling that if I was ten years younger, I would’ve thought more highly of it. But then, I’d have less to compare it to.

Either way, one of the good things about this book is that it doesn’t take long to read, and at less than 300 pages with large print and lots of spacing, it’s not going to take you forever to get through it. So there’s that.


John Green

John Green


Click here to buy Looking for Alaska.


John Green – The Fault in Our Stars | Review

Title: The Fault in Our Stars

Author: John Green

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 324

Rating: 9/10


John Green - The Fault in Our Stars

John Green – The Fault in Our Stars


There’s a lot of buzz around this novel online, and I’m glad to say that I managed to avoid the dual temptations of reading spoilers and/or watching the film beforehand. I read this book as part of my 24-hour charity readathon for Dyslexia Action, and even though I literally had no choice as to whether I stopped reading or not, I can still describe this book as genuinely unputdownable. In fact, I enjoyed reading it so much that the time just flew by, and it’s definitely a great pick for long-haul travel or some other situation in which you’ll have no real choice but to sit there and read – The Fault in Our Stars makes it a pleasure.

I can’t go in to too much detail on the plot because I don’t want to ruin it, but I think I can safely say that it’s a love story between two teenagers, Hazel and Gus, both of whom have suffered from cancer. Before I started to read it, I wondered if I’d be able to relate, but it turns out that there’s no need to worry – they’re a likeable and complex pair of kids, with a complex set of problems. You really do grow invested in their story, and they’re so fundamentally likeable that you’ll want things to work out for them.

As for whether that happens or not, I’ll leave it for you to find out – this really is a novel that everyone of our generation should read, made extra interesting by the fact that the author is one half of the Vlogbrothers. It seems that John Green is a renaissance man who succeeds at everything he does, if we’re judging from his YouTube celebrity status and the book that brought tears to people’s eyes all across the globe.


John Green

John Green


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