Winner, 2006 Michael L. Printz Award

Finalist, 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize

2006 Top 10 Best Book for Young Adults

2006 Teens’ Top 10 Award

2006 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age

A Booklist Editor’s Choice Pick

Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection

Borders Original Voices Selection

Reviews (Spoiler Alert!)

“Green…has a writer’s voice, so self-assured and honest that one is startled to learn that this novel is his first. The anticipated favorable comparisons to Holden Caufield are richly deserved in this highly recommended addition to young adult literature.”


“Like Phineas in John Knowles’ “A Separate Peace,” Green draws Alaska so lovingly, in self-loathing darkness as well as energetic light, that readers mourn her loss along with her friends.”

— School Library Journal, Starred Review

“The spirit of Holden Caulfield lives on.”