Daron is a fascinating character. Life's been hard for him, despite his talent, and despite some good stuff that happens to him, he gets dragged down into the dumps continuously. How can he not, he is 19, confused, lonely and in the closet. Life goes up and down for him, and the reader can't help but care.
So much that I had to buy the second volume for my kindle on the freeway between LA and San Diego, because Daron is not even close to a happy anything by the end of this book, whether it is FN or EA.