Adios, Nirvana is by Conrad Wesselhoeft. Jonathan has been struggling to keep his grip since his brother's death. Telly was a guitar genius whose presence casts a long shadow even after he's gone. The only things keeping Jonathan from having to repeat his junior year are his friends, his principal, and his English teacher. Having won awards for his poetry his English teacher and principal arrange to have him write the story of a WWII veteran who is dying in a local hospice. Gupti, the principal, also wants him to play her favorite song at graduation on a guitar a famous rocker donated to the school after Telly's death. A story of a troubled teen from a broken home, trying to hold his life together with music, poetry, and a little help from his friends. An amazing story that all struggling teens should read.
Ratings: 9th grade - 10 out of 10 - P (profanity) - V (violence) - AC (mature thematic content).