I am a Dessen fan, and as always, I love the way she explores so many issues in this book. She touches upon: sexual assault, eating disorders, depression, anger management, toxic friendships, and family dynamics. I really adored Owen. His honesty and his ability to embrace his "program", made him one of the most interesting characters in this book. I loved when he would expound the virtues of proper communication (which was reinforced by Kirsten, Annabel's eldest sister), and also, discuss the importance of doing the best you can, day-by-day.
Dessen's books always have just the right amount of heavy drama to keep it interesting, but not to overwhelm. And, Dessen fans are always rewarded with those throwbacks to past books (hello Dexter, Remy). Another great Dessen read.