I must give the author props - the young men sounded and acted like young men, teasing and harrassing each other and not talking about anything real. It's just that I don't really enjoy that dynamic. I guess I want young men to act much older and more mature - my bad. :-)
This was told from several different points of view. Some of them were really creepy, like Mike. One of them was (I think) unintentionally creepy - Ellis's mom. I think I hated being in her head more than Mike's, and Mike was awful. At first Ellis's mom was just really clueless and self-involved without being able to self examine at all. But then she got weirdly controlling and obsessed with Ellis. She(show spoiler)
Again, maybe just me?