Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.
After. Nothing is ever the same.
This was my best read of 2014. I instantly fell love with the characters and the story line. Oh, I love Alaska and Miles, Miles who has this weird obsession with last words from books. I love how John Green told the story in metaphors of life and love. This taught me that sometimes life surprises us in a terrible way and we don’t have a choice but to accept things though it hurts so much and eventually learn to move on. Sometimes, I feel like I’m Alaska. I work in one place, get attached to everyone and poof, gone. In the book, there’s this girl (Alaska) who came in town, made everybody love her just for her to leave them soon…for good. After that, nothing is ever the same…
Denial. Things happen around us but sometimes it’s human nature to make ourselves feel better to just be in denial and pretend everything is alright. But it’s totally not until such time that it’s suffocating us and we tend to cope up with bad situations in a negative way.
Grief. Then it sinks in and it hurts but it’s okay to grieve because that’s normal, we’re humans and it’s terrible to lose someone you love or be in a very unfortunate circumstance. Feel the pain until it hurts no more. That’s cliché but I agree! It’s not that you feel the pain and wait till you become dumb of any feelings at all but feel the pain and, later on, let it pass.
Resolution. Do something that makes you happy or surround yourself with positive people. It depends on how you cope up with things but just make sure you are going in the right direction. What is true to others may not be true to you so each is own. The pain is still there but it’s fine as long as you’re on the verge of finally letting it go.
Acceptance. Teach yourself to accept the fact that you can’t turn back time and change the way things had happened. Accept that people come and go and most of the times they don’t come back anymore. Instead of dwelling on the things that went, just focus on where you can go from now. Learn to accept that things happen and for a reason, reason that we might not comprehend at the moment but soon it will all make sense. Accept and then let go…
“So I went back to my room, collapsed on the bottom bunk thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was hurricane.”