This was fun! My sister really likes Carl Hiaasen, but somehow up till now I picked up the wrong books or something because I was never able to connect with anything I tried. But this one I really loved! The characters felt real to me, and it had a great sense of place, which I really appreciate. I really liked the main character's relationship with his parents, they were supportive without being over involved or controlling. They answered his questions, and listened to his ideas, but let him solve his own problems. I really liked that. Some of his friends had real problems too, not oh dear I forgot to return my library book problems. It didn't feel like he lived in a happy bubble. Also, it was really funny!