I read this book yesterday and I have to think about this whole book for awhile. It was extremely readable, but nothing really happens. I kept waiting for a big moment, but was surprised there was nothing more. I was surprised by the language and random, graphic crass talk. it is that age he is portraying, but I think it is excessive and inappropriate. I have heard worse and seen worse, but I think it is unnecessary. A good writer doesn’t have to have to rely on vulgarity to create a story for young adults to read.
I think it is a fair portrayal of what happens when you experience death at that age. I did when my friend died, and it is what it is – hard. It did win a ton of awards, but it still has a lot of profanity in it.