Budge decides to attend Culver Creek Boarding School where his life is turned upside down. Budge allows himself to try new things and put himself in danger to find a Great Perhaps, which he shortly achieves.
Through love, loss, and adventure, Budge finds his Great Perhaps by fall inning for Alaska Young. Alaska Young is a beautiful, intelligent, abundant young woman who captures Fudge’s attention, as well as his heart (and everyone else. ) Through Alaska, Budge finds his answers to life. This novel’s main theme is summed up in one question: How will you get out of this labyrinth? Green attempts to answer this question through other people’s eyes and their influence of loss.
We never know what the labyrinth is- which is one of the mysteries of the novel- but Alaska believes it is about suffering. Everyone does wrong and everyone has wrong done to them, and there is no escaping the suffering. Alaska is very complex character who is incapable of forgiveness because of her past, which explains her fascination with death and her beliefs of her labyrinth. Alaskan thoughts on life shape the way others think about life and act upon it, particularly budge.
After the offering the group entails, Fudge’s final answer to this question is that you have to forgive to survive in the labyrinth. Green shows us that in order to find hope in life, you have to suffer, which in the end is worth it. This novel is defined by the search for answers about life and death, and through our personal labyrinths of suffering we retain hope. Although the plot may seem bland, it is witty, relatable, and full of surprises. This novel is far from a romantic love story, although it is about the love of one person which brings there together.
To Budge, Alaska Young was his Great Perhaps, which showed him that loving means losing, and that living means dying which is all part of the labyrinth. This book in incredibly inspiring which leaves you appreciating life, wanting to search for adventures, and answering your personal philosophical questions. Although I would not define Looking for Alaska as a classic, it is far more than what is written on the pages, and will always be a personal classic to me.