I'm not quite sure I understand all the hype about this book. My issue is not with the book's horrendous events, but with it's sloppy and trite writing. The movie is equally disappointing with the exception of Stanley Tucci and Susan Sarandon, but still felt like a tampon commercial. What may be saddest about the book is that it is included on summer reading lists for some local high schools. Because poor writing needs to be encouraged.