I remember reading this when I was a teenager after seeing the musical "Wicked" on Broadway. While the musical may have been based on this book, they were so far off from each other that they don't even feel representative of one another. To me, the book was so strange and difficult to get into. There were parts that I found downright disturbing as well (something about a beastiality sex show if I remember correctly). Was not my cup of tea but I know others have loved it, my mother included. Not for me.