Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.
After. Nothing is ever the same.
This book had tons of hype around it and while I didn’t love it quite like some, its a great read with coming of age insight that John Green somehow understands better than those who live those impossible teen years. Miles is a kid who goes to boarding school, while there he makes friends that turn his life upside down and open his eyes to life and possibility. Before and after. I can’t say what the marker is that changes it all but its not something I saw coming and the things I suspected were stupidly superficial. Sorry John, I should have known better. Miles is a nice kid and seeing those changes and moments within him makes me wish kids would take notice and appreciate the things in front of them while its there. I guess that is youth for you. You don’t appreciate till after the fact. A must John Green read.