This book was odd. I picked it up thinking, oh cool this will be about the in between,Something like Shusterman's Skinjacker Series. Wrong! While it starts off like that it turns into a different story. Going in a totally different direction that I wasn't even thinking about. So you have this new story line and as soon as you get comfortable with it, well I don't know if I was comfortable with it, I think I was questioning it as much as the character "Seth" was....anyways it changes again at the end. I think it was suppose to have this big impact on me, but It didn't. Important quotes that give you the point of the story:
"Real life is only ever just real life. Messy. What it means depends on how you look at it. The only thing you've got to do is find a way to live there."
At one point Seth talks about how he thought everything had turned to sh*t. He was so down that he couldn't recognize the good, because it didn't fit with the feeling he had dragged all around him like a blanket. How could everything else be crappy, but then you see a small goodness? He couldn't. We do this with depression, people do this right before they commit suicide. Seth sees this and wants MORE. There is a part in this book that had me crying. It's not about suicide. it's about a mother's love & grief for a child. Out of the whole book the feeling I got when reading those five pages will be what I remember. I also feel the book had a little lesson about how(show spoiler)
The last chapter had me thinking it was gonna end like I Am the Messenger. Well maybe that was the point, maybe Patrick Ness is speaking to all of us about life. After all that, I just can't give this book more then 3 stars. I felt all the changes in the story were odd.