I learned after the fact that Park is a bratty-author-to-avoid. Given the annoying FB status updates in the book, this should not surprise me. The big mystery was obvious, though that may have been done on purpose. Julie was very self(over)confident, feeling righteously justified in blundering into what was obviously an extremely damaged family. It all made sense though, she was 18. Take away the implausible romance, and instead give Julie a much-needed wake-up call re: her judgemental self-centered attitude -- and this would be a great coming of age book.