To be scrupulously fair, perhaps the book got better as it went on, but I am clearly not this book's target audience. However, it did achieve one thing, I finally found a book that I disliked so much that I did not finish it. I didn't care enough about the characters to continue skimming the book to see how it ended.
The lead character, Alex, never came across as an adult. Though she was presented to the reader as a widow with three children, she only ever seemed to be a childish, immature, self-pitying, whiny teenager.
There was consistent use of "ya" instead of "you" in dialogue, something I consider annoying and unnecessary, unless it is used very sparingly. It's on par with phonetically writing out a foreign accent. When the back story began being presented in large chunks of italicized text, I finally just gave up.