When I began reading this book, I wasn't sure I was going to like it because it seemed strange and (since it is more of a short story) there weren't a ton of details. As I continued, however, I realized how wrong I was. The story was great! The author very cleverly wraps a mans search to better himself around the twelve steps that are taught in AA. It makes you consider those steps in a different light. They are no longer just for addicts.
I also grew to like Johnny's character a lot. He is simple and not the brightest but he also came across as sincere. He was crude and insulting and a bit selfish, but in the end, he came through for his friends. As I was reading, I could almost picture a TV episode taking place in somewhere like New Jersey. In my mind they had Jersey accents and were dealing with mobsters instead of just gangsters. I love it when I can see the story in my mind. That's how I knew I was hooked. I had a lot of fun with this book.
All in all, I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick, yet fun and entertaining, read.