Quentin is what would happen if Holden Caulfield went to Hogwarts. Quentin is surrounded by magic and fantastic opportunities, in all senses of the word.And yet, he spends much of the book complaining and howling about how miserable he is, and lashing out at his friends to make himself more miserable. In a world where he gets to go to a magical college, and then have the fantasy land adventure that he's been dreaming of and hoping for all his life. He gets everything he wanted. And he is a jerk about this, and squanders the opportunities.I lost patience with Quentin early on, and it's just lucky I was assigned to read the book. Because, as my instructor says, the last third or so is somewhat better than Quentin just moping around.