I loved this book. Doctorow creates a first person narrator whom I wanted to see succeed. But, he is seriously flawed. Doctorow clearly appreciates the complexity involved in standing up for what you believe. Sadly, he seems to imply that those who don't foersee the consequences of their actions are the only ones who will do so.
I wanted both my kids to read this. It's perfect for my 15 y.o. son. But, the few pages of a naked teen couple would have made my 11 y.o. uncomfortable (the writing and the pacing were perfect for him). While there was little and light drinking, I was surprised at the ease of access to it.
Some might be disturbed at the violence. I don't believe my kids would be.