I found this book to be quite boring. It followed the dull life of a boy whose hopes were smashed after tragedy stikes the family. The years span from 1967-2001 and the author jumped around in multiple years in the same chapter with flashbacks, which had a tendancy to make it hard to know exactly what time frame you were reading about. Dull and depressing.
I have to be quite honest. This was a quick read because the author has an easy flow to her writting. However, the book was, in my opinion very boring. It accounts the life of a teen boy who works in a clothing store, whose bright future was crushed by a family tragedy and breakdown. The tragedy doesn't even become apparent until the middle of the book....The back of the book leads you to believe it will be quite gripping, however i have to disagree... I hate giving "bad" reviews, but this one is just so-so. Still, I cannot wait to read Flock's other 2.. (Emma & Me and But Inside I'm Screaming)..i think they will make up for this one!
Boring, boring, boring. I kept with it hoping it would get better but it just didn't. Bouncing back & forth from decade to decade just makes it worse.
This book was quietly depressing. In some ways, it reminded me of the movie _Garden State_, but without the humour, the romance and the redemption. Henry Powell's life of quiet but intense desperation was well written, but in the end there was no real hope for him. This novel was more of an elongated character study than anything else and while there was wrong with it per se, it was just too depressing to really enjoy.
Found this book very hard to read. I read into 50 pages and coulnt go on. It was very boring. I typically really love Elizabeth Flocks work just couldnt get through this one.