I was done after the first horrendous paragraph, but I tried to stick with it to figure out how it got so many high ratings. Rice's writing is at about a eighth grade level- an eighth grader in a poorly funded school district. I threw in the towel when Rice couldn't even keep track of the protag's younger brother's age. At first he was "14 going on 20", and then a few pages later he was 15.
Combined with the piss poor grammar, the little details like that ruin a story... especially if there wasn't even a kernel of a decent tale there to begin with.