I was surprised at how much I liked this book.
For the last 6 years or so, I've mainly spent my reading time on non-fiction. Now that I'm back in school again and doing a lot of required non-fiction reading, I found myself craving fiction. Alas my bookshelf was pretty bare when because I've only been buying non-fiction. I happened to win this book in a raffle last year, though, and I held on to it to give it as a gift. It didn't really seem my cup of tea. But it was one of the few fiction books I have that I hadn't already read. Based on the cover and all the negative reviews I wasn't expecting much.
As it turns out, it was a page-turner for me. I'm giving it 4 instead of 5 stars because, well, there was some prose that made me roll my eyes a bit. And though most of the narration and dialogue was smooth sailing, there were a few parts where there were two "she"s and I didn't know which one "she" referred to--stuff like that.
I don't really buy into the whole God/it all adds up/order/blah blah blah stuff myself. It is what it is and I don't know why everyone runs around trying to make sense of EVERYTHING EVER ALL AT ONCE as if that were possible or even desirable. Personally I love the mystery of life.
Anyway, I didn't LOVE it and I'm not sure that I would recommend it to a single person I know, but the fact remains that I enjoyed reading it and it felt satisfying to me, despite its flaws. :)