My daughter took this off the shelf at the library and I read it to her aloud. I've never been tempted to stop in the middle of a book I've read to her prior to this one, but Leven almost turned the trick. Now whenever we're at the book store, it's a running joke to get a copy of one of the sequels and say, "Look, Dad, let's get it!" Needless to say, it's not enjoyable to anyone with a need for good prose. I highly recommend you not waste your time.