I also liked the discussions in the story about some of the poems in Leaves of Grass; I have never read that book before, and I'm not much into poetry, but now after reading about it in this book, I am interested in reading Leaves of Grass also.
Just weeks before their high school graduation, Quentin Jacobsen's childhood best friend, Margo, shows up at his bedroom window one night and convinces him to take her out on an all night, score settling spree, righting wrongs done to her with elaborate pranks. Quentin agrees, as he's loved her from afar even after she ditched him for the "cool crowd" years ago. When she mysteriously disappears the next day, her parents pretty much wash their hands of her, since this is not the first time she has run away, and now that she is 18, no longer their responsibility. But Quentin is worried and fears the worst, and wonders if Margo is suicidal. Quentin believes that she has left clues behind, wanting him to find her, especially in her copy of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, where she has highlighted certain passages. Along with his friends, he sets out to find Margo, finding more clues along the way.Even though this is classified as a "young adult" novel, I think it the story and the writing style are equally appealing to "older adults, I really enjoyed it and I am a "50-something". At times it was humorous, and it was also heartfelt without being "sappy", and I really enjoyed the mystery part of the story; it was hard to put this book down once I started reading, because I was just as anxious to find out what happened to Margo as the characters in the story were.