What a great book.
I am glad that this was picked for a book club as otherwise I would not have read it - sometimes you can't help but judge a book by its cover and this one is awful.
I laughed and cried my way through this book, and came out a different person at the end.
The characters are well developed and so so real. You can feel their pain, picture them perfectly. My heart was breaking throughout this whole book. You get so involved with the characters. You can't help it. There is no way you can read this and keep yourself separate from all that's going on.
Although some part of me expected the ending, it still shattered me. Great big gasping sobs, tears rolling down my face, the lot.
This book left me an emotional wreck.
Even months on, I think of this book. I imagine the petals falling down on Amsterdam, I imagine the basement with the video games. I cannot get this book out of my head.