Reviews by joyful and triumphant
Not that great
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I was waiting for this for weeks, and when I finally got it I was so excited I wanted to read it right away. Actually, I got it on audiobook first, which I had to give back to my cousin. The audiobook reader was AMAZING, and perhaps I would have liked it better if I had kept reading it on audiobook.

Anyhow, it's a story about-a-guy-who-falls-in-love. Her name is Alaska. They drink a lot of wine. and rum. And milk. and combinations of that. Anyhow, then she -incredibly major spoiler- dies. In a car crash.

The author really doesn't pull it off well after that. Oooh, we can't start this assembly without Alaska here, gasp, gasp, she's dead. Oh, maybe she killed herself -- which gets the book another twenty pages or so, and then a nicely-written prank scene at the end, then it ends. Dun dun dun.

Not particularly well-written. Also, the Printz award usually gets marketed towards 12-15 year olds, and there's sex scenes in here. D'you /really/ want your twelve-year-old reading /that/?
Brilliant, amazing book
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This is probably one of the most amazing, depressing, brilliant, disappointing books I have ever read in my life.

Highly recommend it.