I didn't really enjoy reading Stand By Me. While I normally don't read books in a real-life setting, that really wasn't the issue. Kathryn's environmentalist personality annoyed me, and I never quite understood why it was that she decided to go Dumpster diving. I also felt the author is a bit out of touch, the way Kathryn mentions how long a 4-hour work day is, and how Avis complains about her husband working 5 or 6 hours a day. There were a couple other things mentioned in passing in the same manner. The author did accurately portray how some middle-aged and older people think when they see young people in church, the way Avis dislikes how the college students wear jeans to church and speak up too often.
Overall, I could recommend Stand By Me to someone closer to Avis' age, but as a younger reader, I really didn't get much from it.