But as you follow the story of Watanabe, a student in Tokyo, you really begin to connect with him, and with Naoko too, a girl in his life. Naoko is one of the most engaging characters I've ever read about, even though you never learn much about her.
On some levels I think everyone can connect with some of the characters within the book, but even if you can't, read it. It's engaging, compelling, disturbing and wonderful all at the same time. I can't recommend it highly enough, and this book will definitely be on my bookshelf at University.