Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy 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. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .
After. Nothing is ever the same.
I found it interesting to escape into the mind of an adolescent boy. His perspective, reactions to those around him, his outlook on life. The heartbreaking realizations that things don’t happen as you’d like. Seeking answers to questions that will never make sense. Knowing that as much as you want to find answers, they don’t give you the closure and the peace you deserve. Knowing someone on one level doesn’t prove to show you who they are.
How will I ever get out of this labyrinth? Many answers but it’s an important question.
So, go and find your great perhaps. Life is full of them.
I was very drawn into this story. I laughed, cried, and took away something that we all need. Knowledge and insight.