Review Part 1: I really wanted to like this book but I am having a really tough time staying engaged with it. I am going to put it aside for a few months and see if I have a better experience with it at another time.
Review Part 2: So, I finally finished this book. It was a selection for my book group or I don’t think I would have made it to the end. I got stuck again around the middle.
I am glad I finished this but I did not love it. There are perhaps too many characters with none of them being developed to the point where I could engage with them. My favorite was Lelah. By the second half of the book she was more well drawn and relateable than the others. Her flaws seemed real and I found myself rooting for her to beat her addiction and find a loving relationship.
No one in my bookgroup gave this book a high rating. We all found ourselves wondering why it was such a critical success.