First, let me say that I loved almost everything about this book. RP1 was very fun to read and I found myself laughing along with some of the funnier parts of the novel, while eagerly anticipating the outcome of several minor arcs.
As a child of the 80’s, obviously most (if not all) references were picked up immediately and it was a great trip down memory lane. I’ve recommended the book to others in our generation, though it is not necessary to have lived through the decade to enjoy RP1. Cline explains a lot in between dialog to catch the reader up to speed (READ:Infodump), but knows when to stop so that the story doesn’t get bogged down before progressing.
I loved the pacing, source material, characters, and overall plot. I felt some of the character interaction seemed forced, though this could have been intentionally awkward since the characters would have been a bit socially inept in the real world. That being said, some of the conversations felt as if it was an older person trying to talk “hip” (Think Steve Buscemi’s “How Do You Do, Fellow Kids?” on 30 Rock).
All-in-all, Great Read.
tl;dr — loved the book’s plot, pacing, and characters, only minor gripes with character interactions.