The reason I gave this book three stars, when it could easily deserve four, is because of the characters. I have a real issue with Green's characterization in this novel, which I find shocking because his characters in his other books are amazing
and so relatable. I didn't believe these people. I couldn't relate to Pudge, The Colonel and Alaska because they didn't seem like real people to me. This was frustrating, especially after reading An Abundance of Katherines
and Paper Towns
. The only character I truly liked was Takumi, but I wish I could have enjoyed the others more.
Overall, this book is amazingly written. The ending was perfect. I remembering describing the feeling i got as a "brain orgasm" and I stick by it! I recommend this book to fans of smart YA, but I would recommend AAOK and PT way before Looking for Alaska