About the Book
Okay, I totally got sucked into this book. I don't know if it's because of how much I feel like I relate to the socially awkward male character, but I could not put this book down. It was the same for me when I read The Rosie Project, and Benedict was similar in many aspects to Don. That's pretty much the only comparison to those two books though. Anyway, in both cases I was completely absorbed while reading and didn't want to do anything else. I just needed to know what was going to happen!
There's all sorts of abuse in this: physical, emotional, religious, and mentions of sexual. Some of which are caused by the character's parents. And some of them are glossed over in some regards. The two biggest ones are religious - this effects how Pen sees herself - and emotional - this is what directs Benedict's choices. Both of which are things I grew up experiencing, so I understand many of their issues.
I will admit there are a number of cliches in here. Especially at the end when everything was being wrapped up. But you know what? I don't even care. I loved them and I needed them. And they were glorious and perfect.
Anyway, I freaking loved this book. It was exactly what I needed to read. And now I would like to check out his other book to see if that one is comparable.