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
I liked this book because despite its faults it was still really well written and I found it to be really similar to Winger by Andrew Smith. I thought that the dynamics between the characters were some of my favourites, but I thought they were a little bit generic and I struggled to find common ground with them.
My biggest problem with this book was the fact that although the characters were well-formed the story and plot wasn’t. I felt like the story and plot was super repetitive and there wasn’t really any sustenance to the idea, and it was just hitting the clichés on the head all the way through.
One thing that really annoyed me was the fact that the SHOCK TWIST in the middle wasn’t a shock, in fact I saw it coming from the very beginning. I also thought that this was the beginning of a steep downhill plummet.
I am a huge fan of TFIOS and I really wanted to try some of Green’s other work out but this fell short and I was left disappointed.