AUTHOR= John Green
GENRE= Identity, Growing Up, Coming of Age
A truly engrossing first novel by acclaimed (and prize winning) author, John Green. Cleverly structured – with the countdown before and after a shocking event in the narrator’s life – and beautifully written, this novel stands out from the many teen angst driven young adult books currently in print. For this is more than a teenager falling in love for the first time, more than the lonely nerd finding friendship. Miles has bravely left home to attend boarding school in his search for “the Great Perhaps”. He soon falls under the spell of Alaska, a troubled and unpredictable spirit, burdened by a family tragedy yet so often the bright spark who ignites those around her. As his friendship with Alaska and the Colonel develops, Miles must learn what it means to be a true friend, how to deal with love and loss, how to find a way out of the labyrinth of guilt and grief and how to find hope. A powerful and moving novel; at times full of sadness, at times wryly amusing and with more than a hint of “Catcher in the Rye”. A novel that will speak to both teens and adults alike. A deserving winner of the Inky Award and the Michael L. Printz Award. Read more about the book, the author and some of his other novels and quirky thoughts. Or read a teen review of this compelling novel.