At first this book seemed silly and familiar to me. Dystopian future where strange things are illegal (in this case chocolate & coffee), alienated adolescent narrator blah blah. But as the book progresses I really started to enjoy the way the author paced her narrative. This is the first book in a Dickens-esque serial meant to be an epic coming of age story. I liked it. I'm interested to see what happens next. Also, now I have to read David Copperfield.