My Thoughts: Honestly, this book was incredibly disappointing after all the hype I had heard about it. I read or attempted to read several Young Adult books last year only to be let down (see also The Fault in Our Stars, The Lying Game, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, etc...). I think I just can't get into the heads of teenagers even when they're well written, which is definitely this case with this and The Fault in Our Stars. Something about teenage narrators don't seem to click with me. But that wasn't my biggest problem with this story...
*Warning: Spoilers Ahead*This book was so frustrating. It was definitely an easy read, but the main character started and ended the story same lousy, pseudo-philosophical drunk. Maybe I just don't have a tolerance for alcoholics (which he clearly is...), but I didn't find him funny or charming at all like others in the story do. I consistently found myself cringing at his behavior and wishing someone would just slap him. The author does a great job of getting into the head of a raging alcoholic who thinks he has no problem, blames everyone else for the crap going on in his life, then gets angry when people try to help him, so I can't say that it's not well written. But I have ZERO sympathy for this character. Even when he goes to see his father and sees for himself the destination for this alcoholic, carefree lifestyle, nothing changes. When he almost kills himself and Aimee because of his drunk driving, nothing changes.
I get that the author didn't want to tie up everything in a neat bow by having him wake up to his problem and sending him to rehab at the end of the book with a "cliche ending." But, what we got was ridiculous-- basically just a story of his last year of high school. No changes, no growth, no lessons learned, no real END. Just here's what happened. And he's still a drunk who thinks he's smarter than everyone else.
I really hate to write such a negative review, but even now weeks after I finished it, I still have the same level of hatred for this book. Oh well-- onto the next book!