I received this book through a Goodreads Giveaway and I truly enjoyed this book… up until the last chapter or so. Then I felt that things just fell apart (maybe that was the point though, who knows).
The writing style was interesting – each section by a different character overlapped with sections by other characters, providing insights into significant events by multiple characters. There were also some jumps back in time to Candler’s past, as his family history is revealed to the reader.
The story itself follows the lives of a few mentally ill individuals as well as their counselor, Candler (referred to mainly by his last name throughout the story). There isn’t really a significant or intense plot throughout the book, it mainly just follows the day-to-day lives of the characters and the only legitimate conflict that occurs is the result of the romantic feelings that all the characters have for someone else and each other (yeah, it’s a little odd).
If you’re a little confused at the beginning of the story just stick with it because the characters, and the relationships between them, become clear after a chapter or so. And if you think things are confusing at the beginning, just wait until the end! As Candler’s life begins to fall apart, the story falls apart also…
Bottom Line: I would give this book 6/10 stars. If you do read this book, it might be better to bail out sometime before the last chapter so the story isn’t ruined for you. The end section took my rating from an eight star book down to a six.