I thought this book was incredibly honest. The perfect novel to read as a recent college grad. I could relate to the post graduate pessimism. I could understand Mitchell's hopeless attachment to Madeline. Yes the book was occasionally pretentious, yes Madeline could have been a much more interesting character. But it remains one of the most honest things I've read in a long time. However, I have a unique perspective on it at this time in my life. Ask me again what I thought in five years. I bet it'll be very different.