Miles is a kid who lived a quiet, uneventful life in Florida but all of that is about change as he ventures to a new boarding school, Culver Creek, in search of a “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet ). A “Great Perhaps” was surely introduced to him in the form of teenage deviance, friends, and religion class. Miles meets a brilliant student, and prankster, named Alaska Young at Culver Creek. Miles is immediately captivated by her beauty and humor, but what Miles doesn’t realize is that he is about to be plunged into an emotional roller-coaster and spit back out through the other side due to Alaska’s unpredictable and self destructive behaviors. With fun pranking and teenage love affairs, no one had ever suspected something to go so horribly wrong. Miles and his friends are hit with a terrible event which causes them to feel intense regret, but regardless of their hurting hearts and self blame, they strive to piece together what really happened the night that everyone wish had never had happened. Fortunately enough, Miles and his friends find content, forgiveness and acceptance with the final connections they have concurred upon about what really occurred that fateful night.
This book is so grasping, mysterious and philosophical that it’s an absolute page turner. The characters are well diverse even though the author doesn’t go too into depth with them. It is completely evident that each one has their own problems and emotional deepness about them and they understand that about each other. With interesting characters and so many events unfolding, it was impossible to not be curious about what would happen next or what would be found on each page. The ending was pleasantly relieving and satisfying after such tense moments. If you like reading about teenage difficulties and a bit of mystery then this book may be waiting for you to read its own “Great Perhaps”.
-By Holly Petrich