Monday, October 18, 2010

Rocking Reads for Teens Read Week: Adios Nirvana by Conrad Wesselhoeft

Adios Nirvana
by Conrad Wesselhoeft

Sometimes when you read a young adult book it seems like it is a case of the main character against the world. This is not the case with Adios Nirvana. Our main character has been through a terrible year, in fact the worst one of his life. His twin brother was killed in an accident and after that Jonathan has spent the rest of the year in a haze of skipped classes and jam sessions with his girlfriend... aka his guitar, Ruby.

He used to be a student with a bright future; he was even the youngest winner of the Seattle young poetry prize, but now he's lucky if he can make it through the day without a few cans of red bull to keep him going. Because his teachers and principal don't want to see Jonathan fall through the cracks, they set him up with a WWII vet who needs help writing his memoir. If Jonathan can get it together to help this man out, he'll be able to pass his junior year.

Jonathan and his friends (the "thicks") are your average teenage boys, but Adios Nirvana delves a little deeper and lets you see how deep the bonds between friends can be. With skate boarding, a giant gorilla and even an appearance by Eddie Vedder, this West-Coast novel will suck you in.

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