When I was a teen, I don't think this book would have appealed to me. Even now, I struggled with the first of it, not able to connect to the two boys as characters. But then Charles Halloway entered the picture. Not sure how I feel about Bradbury calling a 54 year-old “old" about 100 times, but Charles is the best. When he entered the story, the entire thing fell into place for me. I could appreciate the creepiness & fears & atmosphere more.