Book Discussion Time!
Have any of you guys read any good books lately? If so, which ones? How did you guys feel about them? I recently read John Green’s, Looking for Alaska, and let me tell you guys: what. the. hell?! I was feeling like Pudge a lot of times, because I too seek this Great Perhaps, I was awkward and wanted to know what it was like to have a good group of friends to blend in with. To have a group to be comfortable with and just live a life that will be fun and adventurous in some way or another. Honestly, what I wanted as a middle schooler-highschooler and even freshman at college, I wanted to feel like I was capable of trusting, or being a normal kid, like the ones I read about. I wanted to be this person that would have this crazy wonderful, gut-feeling of wow my life may not always be a party but when it gets good, it. gets. good. Looking back at it, I think maybe I was just too focused on my fictional worlds to realize there were others doing not only what I was doing, but also willing to share in theirs. Now back to Alaska and its wonderful content, I thought that Takumi was great, and Alaska was ridiculous. I loved the book, but seriously, when will books stop making me go insane with emotions and stop making me flail like an idiot as I read them? I will also ask you guys this discussion question that was in the back of the book: Did you like any of the characters? Do you think it’s important to like characters that you read about?
My personal response to this is yes, I did like the characters in their own ways. Although Alaska less than the rest. However, I don’t think it’s important to particularly like the characters I read about, but more as to having any real feelings towards them. For example, Umbridge, as I read Order of the Phoenix, I wanted her to die and burn in the deepest pits of hell. The Dursley’s made me want to scream every time they did just about anything. These emotions made me a bit freaked out but also very proud, because it’s not all the time that you can be so infuriated with made up characters like that. I think it’s important to feel relate-able, and have some emotion, something real, something that really stirs up your insides about the characters that you have read about.
What do you guys think?