Lies About Books: Looking For Alaska

As April’s flowers prepare to give way to May’s showers, it is time once again to dishonestly review a book I have recently enjoyed. This month, I read Looking for Alaska, John Green’s debut novel.

Looking for Alaska focuses on Miles, an aspiring chef. Nicknamed “Pudge” for his propensity to taste his creations, Miles has only one problem, one roadblock on his path to culinary stardom: his inability to ever follow a recipe the way it is written.

He always means to follow the laid-out steps and instructions. But invariably, something goes wrong. He runs out of an ingredient, or he misses a step, or something gets accidentally knocked into the pot. He sets out to make cupcakes and ends up with souffles, to make salads and ends up with gazpacho soup. On one memorable occasion, he served a prizewinning steak that had been intended as a slice buttered toast.

And now, despite his failings – or perhaps because of them – Miles is embarking on his most ambitious project yet: to create the perfect baked Alaska. Miles pores through enough recipe books to constitute a serious fire hazard, slowly analysing the recipes, making a sorbet here, a fried ice cream there.

Will his grand experiment yield delicious results? Or will it all end in tears and fallen centres?

Sweet (pun intended), sad, and funny, Looking for Alaska is a coming of age story like no other. Good for the kitchen and for simply relaxing with a book, I recommend it to any fans of novels that include recipes, characters who read a lot, and famous last words.


Lies About Books: The Fault In Our Stars

Hello, and welcome to a new month, and a new book to lie about! Although it was not in the past month that I read John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars, I have read it, and it has been highly recommended that I review a novel by Mr. Green.

The Fault In Our Stars details the story of a young astrophysicist and an equally young climatologist, who meet when they independently discover an anomaly among earth’s constellations. These two young scientists embark on a desperate, whirlwind journey to seek out the reason why our skies are shifting, and to stop this madness before it destroys all life as we know it. They come to a number of experts for aid, among them rogue geologists, marine biologists, and one reclusive, misanthropic Dutch writer– but ultimately, our fate rests in their hands alone.

Can our two young heroes find out the reason for the fault in our stars in time? Or will their discovery lead to a cosmic earthquake that rends everything in its path?

I would recommend The Fault In Our Stars to any fans of astrology, relatively-sized infinities, and moving stories about awkward teens.