I liked this book and I don't often say that anymore. I can see how some highbrow snobs may look down their noses at it but not every story has to be filled with pathos, violence and sex to be a good read.
The writing was charming and sad and funny and enlightening with getting all preachy. I empathized with many of this kid's issues and envied him in that he was 'special' enough to get away with living in a magical world so many of us would love to run away to and lucky enough to have such wonderful support systems (however flawed).
I needed a satisfying quick read before I tackle another tomb and it filled the bill.