Firstborn reminded me of a promised gift. He placed 4th in an inter-school math and science quiz bee last month. He expected a congratulatory gift.
Without giving me a chance to ask him, he demanded for John Green’s “Looking for Alaska.” It would not hurt as well if I buy him the book set, he added.
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 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 the book set.
It has been a week. I asked my son if he’s done with his books. Firstborn described “Looking for Alaska” as “intellectually dense.” My second son also got curious and read the book but did not appreciate “Looking for Alaska” that much. He found it boring and too emotional. “They are just looking for a dead person,” he told me.
This left me curious and wanting to read this “critically acclaimed, award-winning modern classic” by John Green. Let us see then.