I just finished reading Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl last night. It took me quite a while to read because it is somewhat long (at over 500 pages) -- but I'm not afraid of a book with a little weight to it :) (Pete on the other hand loathes books this long and simply doesn't read them.)
I have to say that the story was somewhat interesting and kept me reading, but I truly think this story could have been told in 1/2 to 2/3 the number of pages. Get this woman an editor! I believe she's quite young and it was a good effort for what I believe is her debut novel -- she just needs to learn to tell things in a more concise manner. And drop the weird parenthetical references to books, movies, etc. Ugh!
Despite these issues I didn't stop reading the book. I found myself somewhat involved with the main character and kept plodding along. It's a strange story about a high school student, her father and her teacher who dies. It's sort of a mystery, I guess. Things aren't wrapped up neatly at the end -- which was a good thing. If it was any "neater" I would have been very unhappy.
I'm reading a short graphic novel next -- Ghost World by Daniel Clowes.