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I'm reading this as a teen, meaning I'm really at the very edge of the demographic, so what I write probably means nothing

I think the author spent waaay to much time on the romance--it goes very slowly in the middle. That being said, I think the character development is great considering how many main characters there are. I fact, I've read books in which all the characters are exactly the same in every way. I think this was the reason why some time was spent on the romance and just simply sitting and talking around. So much is happening at once, but you can still follow it. It was an interesting book, but not one I could read all over again