For a first time novelist, or any writer, I think Parks has done a great job.
Oh, what a story to pull me in! The characters were strong, and even through bad choices, had me rooting for them all the way. I found the descriptions vivid, pulling me into the story more and more with each chapter. I felt like I was along for the ride, though bumpy and uncomfortable at times- that just made me hope even more for Rick to win in the end!
Thank you for such a pleasurable read! It isn't often these days that you find such an original story- the kind that completely transports you away from your life.