Takes you to visit people and places that you don't want to visit. People mostly, unpleasant, negative people who don't do anything for you except give you grief. The lead character, Libby, survivor and loner. Incompetent, but understandable and likable enough. The rest of the main characters were pretty pitiful.
Reading about present day events enacted by adults was pretty smooth, but the parts dealing with teenagers back in the day were painful in the extreme. Can people really be that insecure, foolish and stupid all at once?