"What ?" I don't know how many times the characters say that but it becomes very annoying. In fact, all of the dialogue is strangely jerky..Show More » and drown out and so is the delivery. If the reader had performed it organically I think it would have worked out better. Just didn't sound like any conversations I've ever had.
I seldom read a book that was so improved by the movie. In the movie the struggle between the two generations is more apparent and of vital importance within the context of the Baby-boomer generation. I also found myself really disliking the Benjamin in the book. He carries on like a little b**** the whole time. He has few redeeming qualities. And I could never understand why Elian would be in love with him. For the book I'm left with a very strong feeling that the relationship is going to crash and burn. Within a few months one could readily imagine Elian married to Carl after all and Benjamin in boot camp.