I thought this book was very good. What happened to Jake is not something I would ever think could happen but it is completely possible and would be devestating to me if it did. People take the ability to speak for granted all the time. He had a positive outlook and it was just a feel good book. I didn't really care for the involvement of Norah the Whora but she is a typical girl in High School and there are plenty of people who act like her. Really enjoyed Jake's family and could have done without Sam's Dad and that whole situation. The characters drew me in and the book flowed easily. I really enjoyed it.