Green is one of my daughter's favorite YA authors so I tried this, his first. He's a gifted writer who creates characters both believable and intelligent - no dumbing down his teen protagonists. This was about a group of friends in a prep boarding school; they could have been the cast of characters from The Art of Fielding in their teenage years. The plot took a left turn halfway through (no spoilers here) and while I admired the writing until the end, some energy and life left the story for me in the second half. Green doesn't hesitate to address many big issues and he does so with compassion, wit and gorgeous writing. This is a spiritual and philosophical novel and I recommend it to readers who appreciate thoughtful and challenging young adult fiction.