Sometimes you just want to rip the protagonist from a book and slap him around to wisen him up. Jonathon is that kind of character. You really want things to go right for him and he does all he can to prevent that happening.
That said, if you care that much about him it's a good book.
Author Shevlin knows how to write. If you notice the writing. It's not good. If the writing is done right, you get swept up in the story and don't even realize you are reading.
The novel is fun and quirky--two qualities I demand from books.
I don't want to divulge details and ruin anything about the story; I will just give my highest praise: once I neared the end, I hated that it was going to be over.
I generally HATE trilogies, but this first book has a satisfying conclusion. It doesn't say "to be continued in the next novel." So I will buy the next novel in the series.