Well, after hearing all the hype about how amazing this book was, I was excited to read it. Especially before the movie came out. But, I have to say it was actually really disappointing. A lot of people who don't like the book don't like it because its "sad" or "depressing," but all that stuff didn't bother me. What did bother me, however, was the way Sebold dragged on the story. I feel she could have ended the novel much, MUCH sooner than she actually did. I was so frustrated that I skipped paragraphs and even PAGES, which I never do, only because they were filled with irrelevant nonsense and it became a major pain in the ass. I liked the idea of the story and all, but after a while it just became too much for me to take.