This book took forever for me to get into. I'm not sure if it's because the author was trying too hard or because I just didn't care about the main character. The Book of Lost Things is a very grim (in all senses of the word) novel, and at least for me, if you're gonna have a story that dark you need to populate it with humor and fully fleshed characters. David, the twelve year old protagonist, possessed neither attribute.
And yeah, sure, he's an everyman, but that's no excuse. In the end -- despite somewhat predictable storytelling -- the pieces came together and I could see the purpose behind the writing, which helped me gain interest, but not soon enough for me to ever read it again.