I bought this because it would only cost me around $11 after tax, and it qualified my order for super-saver shipping. Also, one of the reviews seemed to imply that the pages would lie flat, which they do not; so much do they curve that the curvature of the paper on the previous page casts a shadow on the page you are sketching on, and interferes with the lighting (even when it's not threatening to close on your hand.)
Still, an artist knows what to do in these situations: Break the spine of the book and flatten it yourself. It is first and foremost your canvas, and only secondarily a book, so while I have the utmost respect for books, this one won't do an adequate job without first being broken to the task.
The paper is very white and very smooth...too smooth, in fact to get a proper 'bite' with the pencil. It's so smooth that it reflects light to a degree that I don't believe paper should. It is bleached to the unnatural degree that rice and bread and teeth are nowadays bleached, leaving no chance that you are left with anything with a hint of the natural.
However, even if nothing in this review finds favour with you, please know you can sketch in this sketchbook. In fact, one day you might want to do a sketch or two on this exact kind of paper, because it suites you. A blank page is never a bad thing to turn to after all.