Recommended: This book is beautifully written. It weaves other pieces of literary references, and I love that because I learn about other books and authors as I read this book. I'm also learning about famous last words because the main character quotes famous last words. There are also a lot of psychological concepts in this book. For example, when Miles (Pudge) hears Alasks tell the story of when her mother died, he realizes that this is the reason for her crazy behavior and for many of the things that she says.The way that death is portrayed in this book is beautiful. Just thinking about it now, I want to cry. Each person deals with death differently, and you can't stop someone from dealing with death in their own way, whether it is through screaming, or crying forever, or lying down on the ground in the middle of anywhere for no apparent reason.