With nothing having happened to ‘Pudge’ before moving to boarding school, we follow him to his new life and subsequent new, slightly unusual friends. His attention is particularly drawn to Alaska – the girl down the hall, the girl who is as beautiful as she is screwed up. With plenty of pranks, adventures and infatuation to keep the reader interested, nothing stays the same when the almighty twist slaps you in the face.
It’s a lovely coming-of-age novel from John Green, the genius behind The Fault In Our Stars, and there are some beautiful and all too true quotes within the story:
“Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia… You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining the future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.”
Aren’t we all a little guilty of that? This quote kicks you in the bum with motivation and that’s why I love it so much. It’s what I would imagine an Oprah-like talk show host wanting to say whilst reading their prompter.
“There is no best or worst, those are judgements that have no real meaning because there is only what is.”
Sure, I might think my chocolate chip pancakes are the best (because they are) but that’s my opinion. I suppose you could read this quote to say that all opinions are equal because they all matter equally – whether or not you have no taste buds and therefore think my pancakes are the worst. It’s all individual preference. The only way we can measure something is by seeing it for what it is.
“Everything that comes together falls apart. The cells and organs and systems that make you you – they came together, grew together and so must fall apart.”
A take on ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’.
“Awful things are survivable because we are as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. “
Giving hope to anyone who has suffered emotional pain that they thought could never be escaped. These two sentences spur you and I to keep going. A message of support that’ll never grow obsolete.
“Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations.”
You may be knocked down, stamped on, pulled in different directions, completely torn apart – but you can adapt. You won’t let it stop you, at least not forever, because you can change. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, just like Beyonce.
“What is the most important question human beings must answer?”
As an end of year assignment, Pudge is asked to write an essay for the above question. The all important question I thought of is “How should we measure success?”
Have you guys got any ideas of how to answer this? I’d be more than happy to actually write said essays, so please do let me know what you think is the most important question and I can steal your ideas okay thanks bye.
Anyone else read the book? Let’s have a chat about it!