The prose, dialogue, and the story was excellent. The characters all interacted well and their development and (well) being relied on one another. The unusual nature of the family was captivating. The potato “gun” episode was a classic case of “boys” (Buster et al) playing, misspent youth and total disregard for consequences such as safety. The book reminded me of Catcher in the Rye and The Bell Jar with troubled characters in search of themselves in the vast, complex world.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? I would recommend this book — but not everyone will like it. It would depend on the psyche of the reader. As a date she was attractive, interesting, sociable and lovable. I would date her again.