Whilst at first my thoughts were 1. weird 2. not for me and 3. quirky. I ended up loving this. It didnt take me long to be entrapped by the writing which was dark and traditionally different from the standard direction of YA writing these days. Loved the self-loathing main character. "The kitchen door groaned. It was arthritic and cranky from the flood, and it took advantage of every opportunity to complain. Red and yellow checks swam into the window glass, and I knew without turning that it was Eldric who’d entered. There was no mistaking that university waistcoat."