I read this as an unabridged audiobook and if I had one word to sum it up it would have to be "depressing". Even the author/narrator sounded depressed as he read the story in a monotonous tone. I have gone to Amazon and read the reviews but can't say that I agree with most of them. I found this story a very difficult one to stick with as the book was populated with people who were unhappy, suicidal and unsatisfied with their lives. It left me feeling extremely gloomy. I most definitely will not be renting the movie as I don't care to relive the story again.