In all fairness, it is the writer's first book. I hope, one day, when my book is done and out there--my critics will offer more than two words.
I decided recently to give it another shot. It is getting better. The narrator bothered me but as it turns out, he thinks of himself as quite a know-it-all. That doesn't make me like him any better but makes me want to give the author the benefit of the doubt.