I read this because it was an assigned text. It was this, Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland or Ender's Game (which I also plan to read.) I have to use it as an exemplar for the types of books children/adolescents should read. When it was published, the content was extremely controversial. It was banned from schools and libraries It is number 3 on the American Library Association's list of Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books. I think this is unwarranted, the main character Jerry does get sexually explicit at times, but not overtly so.
This book was okay. It was really easy to get through, I think I managed it in a couple hours. It has been heralded as one of the best young adult novels of all time, but I don't really understand why. It's not particularly compelling and there are a lot of characters that you have to wrap your head around.