I would not read it again. I had difficulty getting into the book (I started it three times and really struggled to stick with it). I agree with "odwazny." I felt as though I were reading grad school character studies (e.g., this is how you develop a "quirky" female character; this is how you develop a female develops a male character). The characters were flat and, to me, uninteresting. Yes -- the book was poignant at times but I just had a hard time caring.