Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Wishlist Wednesday #18

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.

So what do you need to do to join in?
  • Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
  • Please consider adding the blog hop button to your blog somewhere, so others can find it easily and join in too! Help spread the word! The code will be at the bottom of the post under the linky.
  • Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.
  • Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.
  • Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of this post.
  • Put a link back to pen to paper ( somewhere in your post.
  • Visit the other blogs and enjoy!

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Goodreads synosis:
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."

I originally came across this one while at work a few months ago, and I was immediately intrigued by it. But when I typed it into Goodreads, to add to my wishlist, and saw all of the wonderful reviews it has collected on there, I knew it was a definite wishlist book!
It sounds like such a beautiful, compelling coming-of-age story, and I have a feeling that I will definitely fall in love with the book!
I also think this will be a read that teens and adults alike will really enjoy, which is always a good thing!

Have you read this book? What did you think of it?
And what is on your wishlist this week? Let me know in the comments, or join in on your own blog!


Elisa said...

I've seen this before with different cover, and the summary sounds really good. Hope you'll get this soon =)

giddusadik said...

Very nice choice of books! Hope you will get them soon :)
P.S. When will the winners of the New Year's giveaway be announced?

TheDaydreamer3 said...

I've heard of Looking for Alaska...but actually haven't read a review ...looking forward to yours :)

Pen to Paper said...

Giveaway winners will be announced together in a post later today :)

giddusadik said...

OK, thanks. :)

Amy Neftzger said...

Found your blog through the Wednesday blog hop and started following - looking forward to reading your posts!


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