Good Morning people of the world,
Today I bring you something great, the finest gift I could ever share, John Green's Looking for Alaska.
Now i stumbled across this book through my disgusting Tumblr addiction. I came across tumblr posts with this quote in them... After a quick Google I found that this was from a book, Looking for Alaska.
I ordered the book from Ebay and it arrived via snail mail ( IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS METHOD OF PURCHASE GET OFF YOUR BUTT AND GO TO A BOOK STORE NOW!)
The book is a very philosophical coming of age adventure
about a guy named Miles ( a.k.a Pudge).
There are 5 main characters all of which have very cleverly written in depth personalities, my favorite being Alaska whose character is much a mystery but the way he creates personality for her is by describing things such as her car or her bedroom.....
The book is written by the incredible John Green of the Vlog Brothers on youtube, so written by a guy and from the perspective of a guy, its brilliant.
The book covers most things, drinking, drugs, sex, chaos, loss....
I wanted to include some pages with amazing quotes but the photos wont appear the right way around so I will include some below to give you an idea of the awesomeness that is
1 "After all this time, it still seems to me like straight and fast is the only way out- but I choose the labyrinth. The labyrinth blows, but I choose it."
2 "Before I got here I thought that the way out of the labyrinth was to pretend that it did not exist, to build a small, self-sufficent world in the back corner of the maze and to pretend that I was not lost, but home. But that only led to a lonely life accompanied by the last words of the already dead, so I came here looking for a Great Perhaps, for real friends and a more-than-minor life. And then I screwed up and the Colonel screwed up and Takumi screwed up and she slipped through our fingers. And there's no sugar-coating it: She deserved better friends."
3 "That's why I'm going. So I don't have to wait until I die to start seeking a Great Perhaps."
4 "If only we could see the endless string of consequences that result from our smallest actions. But we can't know better until knowing better is useless."
5 “What is an "instant" death anyway? How long is an instant? Is it one second? Ten? The pain of those seconds must have been awful as her heart burst and her lungs collapsed and there was no air and no blood to her brain and only raw panic. What the hell is instant? Nothing is instant. Instant rice takes five minutes, instant pudding an hour. I doubt that an instant of blinding pain feels particularly instantaneous.”
6 “Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia.”
7 “When adults say, "Teenagers think they are invincible" with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don't know how right they are. We never need to be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old.”
To fill the void upon finishing this amazing book I picked up John Greens Paper Towns, he has written 4 or 5 books now, this one is supposed to be fairly philosophical too....