The reviews said it was funny. It's not. Skippy Dies is a dark dark book. Teenagers, drugs, violence, sex abuse, blow-jobs in back alleys, despair, bullying, anorexia, death, but most of all, the cover-ups, the code of silence, the good old boys sticking together to protect themselves.
It took me a good while to get into it. I felt it was supposed to be funny, but I thought there was something wrong with me, because I didn't find it hilarious. I couldn't read more than a few pages every night. And it's a big book. Well over 600 pages. I nearly gave up on it. But thankfully, I stuck to it, and it found its pace. And it was a very satisfying read after all.