17-year-old Leila takes a road trip from Louisiana to Alaska to see the Northern Lights and along the way she meets several teens who end up needing her in some way. Each chapter highlights the teen and their locale, from Hudson to Bree to Elliot to Sonia. Along the way she falls in love, reunites orphaned sisters, gives a brooding teen a prom night he’ll never forget, and gets arrested and sneaks a girl who lost her passport into Canada to stop a wedding disaster.
Leila is insightful and helpful; yet she rarely shares much about her own life until she reaches her destination and is the focus of the final chapter. It’s fun story that gives each character a happy, predictable ending, but the pacing keeps it interesting. This is recommended for teens who like John Green’s “Paper Towns” and “Looking for Alaska.”