It's true that so many of these "quiet" novels, that I happen to love, are hard to define and take apart, as a writer. While I love The Sky is Everywhere, I, too, have had trouble putting my finger on what exactly is the MC's issue. Certainly the loss of her sister pushes her into some inappropriate choices that she probably wouldn't have turned to had the sister lived, but it's done in such subtle layers, that you have to really think about it far after you finish the book. It's similiar to my current WIP. (Unfortunately, not the subtles--Right now I have plot points in neon, to direct me on how to proceed to acheive subtley.)She needs to figure out how to not only live in the world with her father in his current mental situation, but also forgive herself for what she believes is her part in this. Talking these out helps so much, TrachH. I can't thank you enough. I actually have Twisted here somewhere. And who can't learn from LHA?