I didn't realize how much I actually enjoyed the book by the end of it. It was great to read a book about the "topic", which I won't mention because it would be a spoiler, that wasn't so science-fiction like.
I really felt that I connected to the characters, although I'm never sure that I understood what Tommy was really about. I was able to visualize the school well and the interactions between everyone and I became engrossed in the story. The socialization between all the young kids felt real and not contrived.