Adios, Nirvana by Conrad Wesselhoeft is one of those books that feels like it is reality. This book reminds adults of their childhoods and relates to teenagers. This story is about a high school junior boy named Jonathan. Jonathan is on the verge of flunking out after his twin brother, Telly, was killed. This behavior is not normal for Jonathan. In fact, he was named Best Young Poet just last year. Since the death of his brother, Jonathan has not been the same and neither have his poetry and music. Jonathan used to be a guitar player with his brother. Although Jonathan wants to give up, his friends, mom, and teachers aren’t going to let him get off that easy. Jonathan ends up having to write the life story of a dying World War II veteran in order to pass junior year. David, the World War II veteran, and Jonathan have the mission of memorializing the old man’s wartime demons. Thus, the poet who cannot describe his own pain must find the words to describe someone else’s. This was a great book. It applies directly to teenagers in high school. However, teens of all ages can relate to Jonathan and his world. The characters in this novel are extremely realistic and at times the reader feels he/she is reading a factual story. I would recommend this book to any teenager, especially those in high school. Conrad Wesselhoeft manages to capture almost all emotions in this very interesting novel.
-- Jon, Teen Book Reviewer