White as Silence, Red as Song: A Novel

I tried... I REALLY tried 

So my headline should say it all.  I tried several times to get into this book, but just could not.  It got to the point where I would dread reading it.  I KEPT at I though and finished the book, mainly because I saw other reviewers saying it gets better.....  For me it never did I didn't like the characters (especially Leo, the main character)  He did get better as the story plot went on and he grew up a bit, but I feel the damage was already done and I just couldn't get into it.

“I was born on the first day of school, and I grew up and old in just two hundred days . . .” Sixteen-year-old Leo has a way with words, but he doesn’t know it yet. He spends his time texting, polishing soccer maneuvers, and killing time with Niko and Silvia. Until a new teacher arrives and challenges him to give voice to his dreams. And so Leo is inspired to win over the red-haired beauty Beatrice. She doesn’t know Leo exists, but he’s convinced that his dream will come true. When Leo lands in the hospital and learns that Beatrice has been admitted too, his mission to be there for her will send him on a thrilling but heartbreaking journey. He wants to help her but doesn’t know how—and his dream of love will force him to grow up fast. Having already sold over a million copies, Alessandro D’Avenia’s debut novel is considered Italy’s The Fault in Our Stars. Now available in English for the first time, this rich, funny, and heartwarming coming-of-age tale asks us to explore the meaning—and the cost—of friendship, and shows us what happens when suffering bursts into the world of teenagers and renders the world of adults speechless.