I am cleaning the small house. Before the month ends, we will leave this house and transfer to my mom’s place. I need to throw want needs to be disposed of and keep those we could give to others. Then I find myself in front of our bookshelf. As I brush the dirt off the books, I flip a few pages and read. I am holding my Firstborn’s John Green box set.
I remember Firstborn placed 4th in an interschool Math and Science Quiz Bee last 2014. He asked for John Green’s “Looking for Alaska” as his congratulatory gift.
Back then when I was still working, I asked a friend about the title since she enjoys book as much as I do. Though I am quite familiar with John Green, I am not that sure if his “Looking for Alaska” is appropriate for an 11-year old boy. This friend stressed that John Green is an author of youth-adult fiction and his works are best suitable for teens. She dismissed the thought of me getting one.
I could perfectly remember. I went to National Bookstore to check the book for myself. Green’s literature, as I read the back cover, contains controversial content. The book suggests some sad parts, though the author also injects wit and humor to lighten some scenes. I still bought “Looking for Alaska.” I purchased the box set. Other titles include “An Abundance of Katherines,” “Paper Town,” and “The Fault in our Stars.”
Now, as I turn the pages, I find myself smiling. A vivid scene of this mom asking his son how was John Green flashbacks. Firstborn’s earnest answer was “Looking for Alaska” is an “intellectually dense” book. I was puzzled by his reply. My Second son, on the other hand, got curious and read the book but did not appreciate it that much. He found it boring and too emotional. “They are just looking for a dead person,” he told me.
Until now, I haven’t read “Looking for Alaska.” I have finished John Green’s two other books “Paper Town” and “The Fault in our Stars. I have seen the movie adaptation as well. And this momi is left curious. After my cleaning and as I nurse my 17-month old son, I will read this “critically acclaimed, award-winning modern classic” by John Green. Let us see then what “intellectually dense” meant.