A fast easy read. A study of a friendship but somehow it all feels like it's on the surface, with not much depth. There's a vague hint early on of sexual abuse suffered by one of the characters at the hands of the other's father but it goes nowhere. Lots of the novel is like that: vague hints and allusions that promise developments to come, but they never materialize. The writing is clear and thoughtful but this book meanders along and sputters out at the end.