I read this book in 2006 when I saw it in a new authors section at B&N I can honestly say that this story has never left my thoughts. First the brilliance of Shriver choosing to write this entirely in the epistolary form. Odd at first yet by the time you are done reading it is hard to imagination any other way this could have been told to the reader. I knew nothing about this book or author when I came across it other than it had some decent reviews and the story sounded interesting. To go into this gripping subject material was a challenge- difficult theme yet hard to turn away. I hope not too many have heard too much detail since this is a soon to be released movie. I have not decided if I will see the film or not- I am often disappointed with adaptation. One last thing about this book is its effect on parents- my son was already an adult when I read this so I wondered how this would be received by parents of teen-agers. It is haunting in its psychology and pointed in descriptions. I think this is a love it or hate it novel with very little middle ground.