The main thought going through my head during the first 200 pages of the book (I read the epub version) was that if you want to read about someone whose life is duller than yours, then Jake is the book for you!
Basically, the first bunch of chapters are a drag through. They are over written, and quite dull. Jake has a perfect life. Jake has a perfect family. Jake has friends. Jake is childish. Jake has anxiety issues. It's all really quite frustrating and you just want something to happen because I mean, I bothered to read the book and I deserve my story! And a dull life of a standard teenage kid is anything but!
But then Jake meets Kim. And you get swept up in the perfect romance that they seem to share. They are in love as only teenagers can be, and it's all well and sweet. And personally, I'd have been content with that being my story had I known what would come next. But I didn't, and I demanded more, and more I got.
The second 200 pages of the book had me laughing and crying and riding the general emotional roller coster of the story. I lived through Jakes eyes, and what a regretful life that seemed to be. The events are a bit overblown to be honest, but the emotions in them are perfect.
The spell of bad luck that seems to follow the kid isn't a very easy pill for the reader to swallow. I mean, how crappy can your luck be for all that crap to happen to you?! Especially after the perfect life you've been leading thus far. And all over a can of beer?! Who gets that drunk over filtered beer!? And ugh I'm just pissed because the story line really got to me. (even though it didn't make a lot of sense in my mind.)
As a gentle warning, if you've ever lost someone dear to your heart, THIS IS NOT THE BOOK FOR YOU!
However, if you're struggling with alcohol problems THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU.
The few grammatical errors throughout the book are easily ignored once the plot thickens. If a second edition of this book is ever published, I hope those are fixed. I also hope a bunch of the useless events at the beginning of the book are canceled out. Do that, and you get yourself a pretty good book on your hands. Sad, but good.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)