i want to say this is a good book. i'm sure it is a good book. i got stuck in the middle for a couple weeks (or more), however, which is usually not a good indication of my enjoyment of a book. honestly, i think i am just way tired of teenage angst reads. i've read too many lately and i am probably done with that genre for a while. also, i think perhaps the author was trying a little too hard to be profound and so the trying was quite obvious. so, yea. but don't listen to me. back in the day, the catcher in the rye wasn't my favorite either.