Depends on the friend. I liked the book but it might not appeal to everyone.
Loved the literary references. Like the fact that the main character was writing her story on a bunch of spiral notebooks from K-mart.
On one hand the narration seemed a bit dry, but on the other hand it sort of had to be dry to truly capture the character.
I was surprised by the ending. She reminds us that we were warned, but I had forgotten. While there was a lot of sadness and bitterness to slog through, the main character learns about herself and about those around her, and that's a good thing.
This author appears to have a distain for men and anyone from the south. Her imitation of southern accents is demeaning to southerners. She has a selfish disregard for others I was frequently disgusted with her degrading portrail of others. I did finish the book but would not strongly recommend it to others.