...and sometimes a book in the dollar bin is there for a reason...
Poor Ethan has a story to tell but he gets in his own way, writing in a style that doesn't say "read and enjoy me" but "try to follow where I am going."
The sub-plot with Red is good.
There is the idea of always carrying a dollar in one's pocket to give to someone in need, coming from a family that "impresses upon its tender offspring the importance of service." (pg. 236).
But the one line I liked was on page 149: "That turned out to be a mistake, but without bad decisions life writes us no stories."