Happy National Alaska Young Day everyone! AKA, my favorite day of the year. :) 
     So, just to jump into everything, the reason why I absolutely love this day is because it makes you think. People explode with quotes from Looking for Alaska like crazy on Twitter and other social media sites, which always makes me happy. But every single quote comes with a different meaning, and another way to look at life, death, the labyrinth, and all the grey area in between. This book is by far my favorite book I've ever read and here's why:
     1) John Green knows how to connect and relate to his audience in such a way that you cannot help but feel as though you're in the book and you get emotional when the characters get emotional, and when they're hurt, you feel hurt, etc.
     2) The characters are so real, and they're just teenagers like you and I, but yet they're more than that. They're not "just teenagers." They're brilliant, and amazing, and smart, and engrossing. They make the book come alive, and in Looking for Alaska, you cannot help but fall in love with Pudge, the Colonel, and - of course - Alaska.
     3) Although Looking for Alaska taught so me much about the people in it and their lives. But more importantly it taught me about myself. I literally quote it everyday of my life. It's taught me so much about the world, and my point of view, and other's points of views, and that's really all that I could ever ask for. John Green once said:
     "Maybe our favorite quotations say more about us than the stories and people we are quoting."
     And I could not agree more. It doesn't matter who we're quoting, it just matters about what it means to us. And I find myself quoting things from Looking for Alaska everyday. When I'm mad, I think "The only way out is to forgive" and "We had to forgive to survive in the labyrinth." When I was sad and frustrated that friend had left, I thought "I hated her for leaving, but I also hated myself. Because if I had been good enough, she wouldn't have wanted to leave." When I was terrified for my mother's life, I just told myself "We are as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be." When I feel stupid and told myself I should have known better, I say "We can't know better until knowing better is useless." When I have  a person that I'll never understand, I remember "You'll never get me, that's the whole point." And these are just the few of many that I can think of off of the top of my head.
     John Green's interpretation of the labyrinth give me hope, and that's all that I need. So today I leave you with one final quote: 

"When adults say, "Teenagers think they are invincible" with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don't know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they're old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater tan the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail. So I know she forgives me, just as I forgive her. Thomas Edison's last words were: "It's very beautiful over there." I don't know where there is, but I believe it's somewhere, and I hope it's beautiful." 
05/10/2015 10:30pm

ALASKA YOUNG CHANGED MY LIFE.EVEN THOUGH I NEVER SPOKE TO HER DIRECTLY, I STILL FELT AS THOUGH I KNEW HER, THROUGH HER WORDS AND ACTIONS. I BAWLED LIKE CRAZY WHEN SHE DIED.YOU WILL BE FOREVER MISSED ALASKA YOUNG.

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