I don't know why this books got so much buzz and attention. The drama is completely overblown, the characters are all one-dimensional, the narrator constantly talks about "when you live in California...(add stereotype)" as if the huge state of California is only the greater LA area. And the message is shoved down your throat so much at the end she might as well have said, "You know, I learned something through this." Oh, wait, she basically does. Not a fan.