No narrative drive, thus little impetus to read. The narration by a stuttering 13 year old boy is slightly reminiscent of Haddon's "Curious Incident" (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/23326297), but not as convincing or interesting.
It mentions specific 70s brands and products too deliberately - as if he's trying to make it understandable far in the future, not at all how such a boy would have described things at the time. Also, it makes it read rather like Nigel Slater's "Toast" (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/23328417) and Andrew Collins' "Where did it all go right?" (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/23325361) autobiogs, which at least had a more valid reason for so doing - and he does credit the latter.
Overall, very disappointing - even if not comparing it with his brilliant "Ghostwritten" and "Cloud Atlas".
Uses his trick of inserting characters from other books:
* Madame Crommelynck is the composer's daughter from Cloud Atlas (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/23327001)
* Neal Brose is a an entrepreneurial bully who becomes a major character in Ghostwritten (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/23327005)
* Number 9 Dream is a Beatles song that plays at a disco as well as being the title of another Mitchell book (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/23327008)