I picked this up at Sam's Club for super-cheap, so I wasn't expecting much out of it, and for starters, I was pleasantly surprised. While not utterly brilliant, Grossman's writing is interesting and his characters not all too bad. I was interested all the way up to the last page, at which point I started to wonder where the rest of the book went. Answer: that was really the end. It's like Grossman got tired of trying to tell his story and just gave up a couple chapters before the logical conclusion. Instead of trying to finish off those chapters, he went back through the book and inserted a theme of "not all stories have perfect endings." If that was supposed to satisfy me, he missed the mark. I find books where the characters say "happy endings only happen in books, not real life like THIS is!" to be annoying and pretentious. Guess what book? You're not fooling me! If the first part of the book hadn't been so UNLIKE real life, I would buy more into an unsatisfactory conclusion.