This is one of the best character studies I believe I've ever read. People scared me away from it saying it was the most depressing thing they've ever read but I don't think they've read some of the depressing things I've read. Out, Geek Love, The Girl Next Door? This isn't so bad in comparison. Sure it has a shadow of darkness cast over everything and I know things will probably end badly for everybody but that's life sometimes. Of course, I'm only 90 minutes in and this book is 1980 minutes long! That is not a typo, lol. So there is plenty of time for things to get much worse.