I had never read a Young Adult novel before and shortly after the start of this book I realized that this might have been one of those. I was right, and I now know why there’s a special category for that genre.
The story isn’t bad, it’s just very simplistic if you will. And the way the characters speak is clearly tailored to a youngish audience, made up of people who would actually talk like that to each other in real life.
The only real gripe I have with the book is that it doesn’t fully stand on its own as it gives you no closure. It is part of a series and it definitely expects the reader to invest in the whole rather than any of its parts.