Sooo..... some people loved this book, others hated it. You have to accept the book for what it is, and remember it's just a story... not a religion. At least until people start wearing red scarves.
It was one of the most atmospheric books I've read in a long time. Morgenstern is nothing if not a visual person.
There is good use of trained kittens in the book. It's a circus, after all.
It jumps around in time a little, which is kind of clumsy in execution but still OK.
It's YA-girly, but has plenty there for some nightstand reading.
While the book is no masterpiece and doesn't answer all the mysteries of life, it also doesn't strike me as the waste of hours "great" literature like "Moby Dick" was. Plus, it's about 500 pages shorter.
Would I re-read? Probably not, but I will read her next book.