I thought this book was very depressing. I ended up skimming through much of it, as I found a lot of the stories to be redundant. I was completely unaware of this problem in Thailand, young boys entering the monastery, not because they wished to someday ordain as monks, but because they wanted to escape poverty, drugs, and get an education. It blew my mind to learn that these boys also enter the monastery as a sort of rite of passage from boyhood to manhood, and that not doing so causes a boy to remain immature. Overall, I found this book interesting and informative. I am glad I read it.