After reading it, I would say that my original thought that this is a journey novel is definitely true, but it's a journey novel with a bit of a twist. The overall structure of this book is very interesting. The "journey" of the novel is the protagonist Leila's journey to Alaska to see the Northern Lights. However, her story takes a backseat to four other discreet stories in which Leila acts almost as a guardian angel to another character. Through the whole book, she stops her journey to help out other people who have reached a crisis in their lives. Through these stories within the story, Leila remains a mystery. However, the very satisfying ending answers all the questions I had about her and pulled the whole novel together very logically.
This one is definitely chicklit.
Advisories: some vulgar language.