My friend got me this book because she knew how much I enjoyed Middlesex. And while i really did like this book, it was tough to read as a follow up to Middlesex (even though it was written first).
The prose of the novel was beautiful, and there were often times when would stop reading to consider and appreciate the way Eugenides would word a phrase. Even though it was wonderfully written, the plot was a bit slow. Within the first paragraph you know that all these girls kill themselves and it just seems like it takes forever to get there.
I like the book and I am very glad that my friend got it for me, I would definitely recommend it.