Lauren Oliver is one heck of a writer. Even when I didn't particularly care for the main character, I couldn't disregard this book. The writing style and overall events drew me in and I couldn't not finish it. All the while, I was hoping that the events would effect a change in Samantha. It was a gradual process, but she did learn some valuable lessons. In the end this book was well worth the time spent reading and the author managed to surprise me too.