I have had friends in the past tell me to read this book because it is "really good". I really can not describe this work as really good. It is hardly even thought provoking. The writing is not great, and being epistolary it is hard to even decipher whether the "writer" is telling the truth or not. I finally read this book because the movie is coming out and I wanted to know more about it before deciding to go see it or not. Unfortunately actually reading it has made me decide not to go watch the movie, mostly because I am not sure how they can make this story a movie. It was a depressing and forced coming of age novel.