I picked this book up in high school because I'd read it on a booklist somewhere. In any case, I was not expecting it.
I read it in one sitting. It's phenomenal, but every time you think it can't get worse, it does. I found myself continuing on in horror, convinced that surely, a moment full of light and puppies or something would happen. I couldn't see the movie when it came out, even though the book was fabulous. I can't reread this book. Ever. However, I recommend it to read once because the story is worth hearing.