It is difficult to rate this book as it was near impossible to actually like
any of the characters. There were glimmers of hope for Evan's character but ultimately I failed to see much actual growth and definitely did not witness any moral growth. Yes, Evan eventually overcomes his PTSD and gains an attachment to a girl that is more than about sex, but honestly these revelations felt a bit unbelievable and rushed in the end. Overall, I felt sorry for the violence that occurred regarding Evan but ultimately I found it difficult to feel much more than that.
I will say that Mesrobian captured the male voice fairly well, I will not say wholly as I am not male myself. Although the male bonding and lingo shown in the book is fairly reminiscent of conversations and dealings I have overheard or witnessed of the opposite sex over the years. But it was not representative of every male, of course, nor was it pleasant to read. I grew quite frustrated with the flippant use of derogatory terms, namely against women and gays. Ultimately I do not know whether the author intended this abusive dialogue to be representative of her characters or if she actually thinks it is acceptable. Due to the hints of feminism I saw in the book at times I am giving the author a break, although there was nothing to counteract the use of the word "gay" to describe lame things and it added to my dislike of the book.