This book received a lot of hype. In my opinion it can best be compared to the television show SEINFELD. Not because of the topic, but because the first two thirds of the book are about nothing. It tells the story of the everyday life of a high school student and her, somewhat eccentric, university professor father. While their lives were not boring to read about, I kept expecting something to happen. Then, when something finally did happen, I was drawn in for a little while. It became interesting. Alas, in the resolution, the book went so over the top that I really didn't care about the outcome any more. In my humble opinion this was just a book that tried too hard and became a mish-mash. I would be really interested in hearing from others who have read it.