Pretty Depressing Start

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I normally adore books about book lovers, book stores, and all things book-related. But, this one just didn't do it for me in the first impression. The overall tone was incredibly depressing - Aaron is trapped in a small town, taking care of his father and a bookstore that is going under. There's more than a few hints of family issues, and while Aaron is more than comfortable sharing his unhappiness with the way his life is, he isn't really comfortable actually doing anything about it.

I understand feeling trapped, but there are avenues available to Aaron - he just isn't willing to take them. Instead, he opts for the easy way out ... every time, while still avoiding responsibility for anything. I found him to be an exceptionally frustrating character, and didn't find myself connecting to him.

I was intrigued by the premise, but after reading the first impression, the story just fell a little flat for me personally. Maybe it gets better after these initial chapters, though. I hope it does, because there's nowhere to go but up!