Author John Green's first novel introduces 16-year-old Miles Halter, whose hobby is memorizing famous people's last words. When he chucks his boring existence in Florida to begin this chronicle of his first year at an Alabama boarding school, he recalls the poet Rabelais on his deathbed who said, "I go to seek a Great Perhaps." Miles's roommate, the "Colonel," has an interest in drinking and elaborate pranks-pursuits shared by his best friend, Alaska, a bookworm who is also "the hottest girl in all of human history." After Alaska drives drunk and plows into a police car, Miles, and the Colonel puzzle over whether or not she killed herself. Both boys begin to experience an extensional crisis that is defined by the search for answers about life and death.
If you're looking for more young adult titles involving sudden, tragic deaths and the feelings that come with it, check out these books below.
Since the car accident, Samantha Herring has been in constant pain, not only from a lingering leg injury but also from her mother's death, which has devastated her family. Then Sam meets Eliot, a reckless loner with a carefree attitude and an amazing secret: he can't feel any pain.
Autumn, Shay, and Logan, whose lives intersect in complicated ways, each loses someone close to them and must work through their grief.
As the first anniversary of her best friend Kim's death nears, fourteen-year-old Emmy tries to fulfill her promise to make contact with Kim's spirit, but she gains new perspective from unexpected connections.
Nearly a year after her popular older sister's accidental death, Hannah meets Anne, a guidance counselor, and Josh, a potential new friend, who offer her the chance to move forward.
Fifteen months after the accident that killed her best friend Aubrey, Dara is ready to start her senior year of high school. She finds it difficult to see Ethan, Aubrey's brother, and she sees him every day.
Teenagers Rachel and Henry find their way back to each other while working in an old bookstore full of secrets and crushes, love letters and memories, grief and hope.