This is a pretty short & easy to read YA book. It was fine. Not really my style book but I can see why it would appeal to teens & I think it's probably better than some of the newer YA books that have been tossed out to the public. So, I guess I'd call it a decent YA coming-of-age story if you're looking for a YA read. If YA is not your thing, it's probably one to skip. I know the book has gotten lots of hype over the past couple of years (plus a movie), but I wouldn't have read it had my book club not been reading it. Shrug.