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Great teen book,
This review is from: Adios, Nirvana (Hardcover)
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Maybe it's because I'm not actively looking, but I don't come across that many young adult books that seem targeted at boys. This one has virtually all male characters and plenty of things to interest a teen male.
Jonathan's life has completely changed in the aftermath of his twin brother's death. Clearly he idolized Telly. He thinks he can't play guitar as well as Telly, but he's actually very good. He's an acclaimed writer at his school after winning a poetry award and his English teacher is his biggest fan. Jonathan says that Telly was the center of their group of friends, but now Jonathan seems to be their center and they're worried about him. He forgoes sleep in favor of taurine and/or caffeine. He takes crazy chances, like climbing on the ledge of a bridge.
After missing most of his classes, Jonathan is given one chance to make up the work by writing the autobiography of a dying old man. He goes into the job reluctantly but, of course, ends up finding it a rewarding experience.
I liked this book a lot. The parts about Jonathan playing guitar and worshipping Eddie Vedder were nice. The build-up to Jonathan playing at the school's graduation ceremony was fun, with a surprise ending.
I think all teens will like this book, boys and girls alike. And I'm an adult and I loved it. Recommended!