MixedNew York Times Book ReviewHill sketches these scenes in a spare, fuss-free way. The emotions hit late, a little behind the beat, providing a jolt of surprise as well as drama. He’s funny in the same backhanded way ... Hill also writes like someone who has spent too much time in his own head. Most of the book is in first-person, but sometimes Hill falls into second-person detached, as if he got tired of being near his own story. He jumps time and place in a way that can be hard to follow ... I wonder if Hill left some of the shadings out on purpose — not just to protect people (he changes some names and identifiers), but to give the reader a sense of how he has to process the world ... Hill finally stumbles toward a happy ending and it seems rushed; at first it felt to me as if Hill were racing to meet a deadline. But maybe it’s the natural reaction of someone who doesn’t trust happiness yet.