Something For Our Weary Souls
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 • 3:40 AM • 0 comments

Hello! Im back again. I've been so busy doing different stuff for school. Actually, these past few days are not that good. Im almost sleepless, stress and often irritated. I always feel bad these days cause I felt like my effort is not enough to atleast survive my everyday life at school. I think my soul is not in my body anymore. Its like it has been pull out from my system and I feel like a zombie.

Oh well, there is something that I think I can recommend to bring back some of our senses. That is - reading novels! Reading novels is actually good for our soul and brain for it makes us feel the reality even more even we're just using our imagination. And one good thing about reading novels is that we develop sensation and inspiration that drive us to something that we want. It makes us feel alive.

So before junior year began, I started reading Looking for Alaska by John Green. It is a young adult novel that talks about the main character - Miles Halter and his search for the Great Perhaps but instead his searching brought him to his real friends and the memories that made his way out of his own labyrinth. By the way, Alaska is not a place -its actually a person :)

"I suspect you're exaggerating. But look, you're going to get in trouble. Ninety-nine percent of the time, your parents never have to know, though. The school doesn't want your parents to think you became a fuckup here any more than you want your parents to think you're a fuckup."

Actually, this novel contains intriguing scenes related to teen smoking, drinking, sex,drugs,etc.) But this novel doesn't mean that it contains crap. This book is actually life changing. It will make you appreciate the people around you, your own sufferings, life and death.

"Doing wrong and having wrong things happen to you. That's the problem. Bolivar was talking about the pain,not about the living or dying. How do you get out of the labyrinth of suffering?"

The book also contains some of the last words of famous people (Miles' favorite) , some questions revolving around humanity, life after death and questions that were stuck on our minds. It will tickle your emotion when you finally reach the 2nd Part (After). You'll see how Alaska manage to stay alive in the hearts of her friends, especially to Miles, Colonel and Takuma (haha, that is some spoiler!).

"Just like that. From a hundred miles an hour to asleep in a nanosecond. I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together, in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane."

This book was by far the best book I've ever read (The Lovely Bones falls on my #2). This is easy read but its actually realistic. To make it short and snappy, The first part (before) talks about self discovery, teen lust, seeking for great perhaps and friendship. The second part (after) talks about understanding our loss, searching for the truth, coping with suffering and above all forgiveness. So go and read this wonderful novel. You wont regret it guys. It will make you feel good- well, I hope :)

"And what is an "instant" death anyway? How long is an instant? Is it one second? Ten? The pain of those seconds must have been awful as her heart burst and her lungs collapsed and there was no air and no blood to her brain and only raw panic. What the hell is instant? Nothing is instant. Instant rice takes five minutes, instant pudding an hour. I doubt that an instant of blinding pain feels particularly instantaneous."

"More than anything, I felt the unfairness of it, the inarguable injustice of loving someone who might have loved you back but can't due to deadness, and then I leaned forward, my forehead against the back of Takumi's headrest, and I cried, whimpering, and I didn't even feel sadness so much as pain. It hurt, and that is not a euphemism. It hurt like a beating."

Looking For Alaska
First Friend. First Girl. Last Words.

Gladys/22 years old/Philippines

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