Although I enjoyed the book, I assume that the people who awarded it the National Book Award and the others who put it on Time's Top 100 List, were already adults during the period of time that the book takes place. I'm sure that because of this, the book that apparently "perfectly captured the underground mood of America in the 1970's" resonated with them much more than it did with me (who wasn't yet born at the time). However, reading about people of originally questionable character that then proceed to spiral into moral degeneracy, and the prevailing themes of greed and violence, are of course relevant and exciting, and I don't mean to say that the story didn't reach me at all. The actual story and its ending were good, and maybe I should give this 4 stars, but as far as drug-riddled books go, I find myself rating in comparison to "Infinite Jest", which probably is just completely unfair, but since Goodreads prevents me from going 3 and half, I'm sticking with 3 unless the book happens to stay with me into next week, at which point I'll bump it up one. Although I don't expect this to happen.