I read Looking for Alaska as my Alabama read, but realized I have already read an Alabama book. Who would have thunk I would have two Alabama books. I went into this book thinking it would be a comedy of teen angst, it has the angst but not the comedy. I admit to it having humor though! This was a weighty book on many issues, no sugarcoating or romancing the lives of teenagers. The book was witty and well-written and I could see the irreverence appealing to teenagers. I have been repulsed for days thinking about drinking vodka and milk. I liked reading about the kids, but was also impressed by the adults in the book. So many shows on tv today make the grown-ups out to be bumbling idiots. This book leads you that way, but moves through the book giving them strength and layers.
My next book is "Blindness" by Jose Saramago.