This book is not at all what I expected. It was very good, but surprising. The MC, Miles, collects the last words of famous people, and goes to a boarding school in search of the "Great Perhaps". (Famous last words of poet Francois Rabelais) He makes friends with a small group of people who aren't the Weekday Warriors, the rich kids who go home on the weekends. Part of their mission is to pull pranks on the Eagle, the dean of students. He falls in love with Alaska, a complicated girl who is an enigma to him. While he is seeking the "Great Perhaps", she is trying to "get out of this labyrinth." (last words of Simon Bolivar) One moment she is happy and funny and in love with life. The next, she is depressed and angry and wants to be by herself.
I won't give any spoilers, but midway through the book an event occurs that causes the group to question everything. There is blame and guilt and a need to find answers and remember. Miles finally realizes that in life you don't always get all the answers and you may never know why.