I really wanted to like this book. I had heard so many good things about it and the cover's great. However, I just didn't like any of the characters. Most of them seemed somewhat pathetic and allowed other people to take advantage of them. I just wanted one story to be triumphant or optimistic but it never really happened. Even when something looks like it might be a good story, like the one between Abbey and Dave, it ends on a sour note. On a side note - I got the audio book and the reader was really good. I wish I had liked the story more but I definitely recommend the reader.