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If you are a fan of John Green, then Looking for Alaska is a Hulu original you want to check out.
Looking for Alaska is based on John Green’s book of the same name, and if you are a reader, I would highly recommend reading the book before. I partially read the book and still enjoyed the series though. You can definitely just watch this series without reading anything though, too.
The story follows our main character named Pudge, also known as Miles Halter, as he starts school at a Preparatory school in rural Alabama. Pudge sees this as a new opportunity to reinvent himself, but Pudge’s only cool social skill is knowing the last words of famous people.
Either way, Pudge gets his chance to reinvent himself when he meets his roommate The Colonel, also known as Chip Martin. The Colonel is ambitious and intelligent. Plus, he is practically a prank legend among his classmates.
Because Pudge is his roommate though, Pudge is involuntarily brought into a prank war The Colonel and the rich kids at the school. By getting involved with the prank war though, Pudge meets Takumi Hikohito, Lara Buterskaya, and Alaska Young, who pretty much rocks Pudge’s world.
Alaska is an eccentric individual who got along with everyone on campus. She loved reading and exploring out on her own. She, of course, also loved pranking which is why her main partner in crime was The Colonel. Alaska, however, is intrigued by Pudge, and she begins to confide in him during her times of need.
While Pudge’s friendships and relationships begin to blossom, the prank war continues on. The Prank War escalates when two students get kicked out of school for breaking rules on campus. People instantly start believing that it is a prank gone wrong, but then one of the students who got kicked out is convinced that someone snitched.
Once the discussion changes from pranking to snitching, tension begins to grow, the pranking goes too far, and people aren’t sure who to trust or distrust. The only thing that remains true on campus is that snitches get stitches.
I really enjoyed Looking for Alaska because it is not only based off of a time in John Green’s life, but the characters feel real. Like The Colonel reminds me of one of my best friends. Alaska’s wandering personality is something that most teenagers go through, and adults tend to yearn for.
The pain they go through and their upbringings are effortlessly blended throughout the entire series which better helps you understand the characters on a personal level. The series will give you a different perspective on life. Looking for Alaska may have been written for young adults, but it is definitely a story that needs to be seen by all ages.
To get the full experience of Looking for Alaska, the entire series is streaming on Hulu now. If you’ve already seen the series or read the book, leave comments on how you felt about the story of Looking for Alaska. Until next time…
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