From award-winning author Walter Dean Myers, All the Right Stuff is very well-written and thought-provoking. Much of the book is a philosophical discussion between Elijah and Paul about the world they live in and the social contract. Paul knows that he does not want to end up like his dad--in and out of jail with a drug habit--who is shot and killed at the beginning of the book. Paul is surrounded by all types of people, from his good mother and Elijah, to junkies, prostitutes, and criminals. The overall message of the book is that everyone is responsible for their own destiny, no matter how grim their circumstances are, by always doing what is morally correct, and never playing the victim. This goes against the criminal way of thinking--of taking the easy way out. Some teens may not appreciate that much of this book is a plot-driven philosophical debate, with little action. All the Right Stuff would be a good high school classroom read or a book club choice, as it is filled with much discussion-worthy material.