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Laura MillerThe binding agent for the novel is, surprisingly, Billy himself. He may be a walking grab bag of pop culture references and postmodern musings; he may harbor a secret core of weepy sentimentality (he peeks into the others' rooms late at night because he finds the sight of a sleeping person ''the sweetest saddest thing''); and he may be not quite likable, even if he doesn't merit the self-loathing in which he marinates. But despite all these drawbacks, Billy is real: a living, breathing, vexing (and entirely believable) human being.
— The New York Times