This was a bright spot in the reading slump I have going. Although it was contemporary with a certain amount of angst, it didn't get under my skin like Bear, Otter, and the Kid did. I think it was because I enjoyed spending time in Daniel's head. Other reviewers got annoyed by him, but his voice worked for me.
I actually rather like messed up characters who make mistakes and struggle to figure things out - but only if (a) they have a good reason to be messed up; and (b) they are getting better over the course of the story, even if only in fits and starts. Daniel is like that. He has trouble knowing how to behave in a relationship, and he makes mistakes, but he doesn't tell a bunch of lies or make the same mistake over and over. He makes the effort and figures things out.
I very much appreciate that both Rex and Daniel are already out, because that particular internal struggle has gotten very stale for me.
I will definitely not read the follow-on story with Daniel's brother Colin. I know I wouldn't like spending time in his brain!