The Forgiving Kind is a coming of age story that also deals with some other weighty topics. I found myself drawn into the book at times, but then found the pacing of the novel dragging at other times. It could be due to the heavy topics being handled, and also the just genuine meanness of some of the characters. So to that note, I would say character development was indeed very well written.
I received this book courtesy of Kensington Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.