I found this book to be a fascinating description of what life was like for the author during his religious training to become a priest, starting at age 13 and continuing until he dropped out 9 years later. I was not raised as a Catholic, but I imagine that even most Catholics would have little knowledge about what life can be like behind the closed doors of Catholic seminaries and monasteries. This book is a candid, first person account of life in those sheltered, restrictive environments during the '50s and '60s. Many of the priests involved in recent sexual abuse scandals were also receiving their religious training at that time in similar environments. Therefore this account may afford insights into how and why those problems developed. But that's not the main reason I enjoyed reading this book. I enjoyed it primarily because it held my interest from beginning to end.