I can't decide if I would have like this more or less if I had not seen "Benjamin Buttons". I am not sure why the movie purports to be based on a short story by Gatsby because this book seems too much like the movie to be coincidence. Regardless, it is more interesting in some ways because the love story is so much more complicated and the setting is San Francisco, rather than the whole world. The psychological aspects of aging backwards are explored in much greater detail through this narrative and I found that fascinating. What I liked about it also detracted from the story. I loved the in depth analysis of love and aging, but at times I wanted to slap him and say "snap out of it". He just couldn't get past his first love, and he didn't seem to care about much else in life, which made an interesting love story, but a tedious book.