I waivered between 3&4 stars due to the voice. In the end the fact that Carter was so endearing won out. It was a great peak into the mind of the average teenage boy. The mistakes were heartbreaking and the triumphs, well triumphant. As others have mentioned, the voice sometimes reads as a 30 year-old trying to talk like a 14 yearold by using "what the kids say on that MTV." Overall an impressive debut young adult novel.