I just finished Ryan Quinn's, The Fall, and I can't remember the last time I was this ambivalent. It wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't good as in goooood, either. Clearly, it was much better for many of the reviewers but here is where I am coming from.
Pros: I appreciated the author's writing style. His story telling was solid; prose was generally straight forward with a few flashes of poetical strength; a number of the characters were believable; the plot was just twisty enough to keep things interesting and me guessing; the aspects of university life were realistic (I work in higher education); the varied voices telling the story were clever and not gimmicky; the author's familiarity with the aspects of gay struggles seemed legit; though not everything resolved at the end of the book, enough did to feel a sense of satisfaction at the conclusion.
Cons: All the turns of events were a bit too neatly packaged - "coincidence" in story writing probably needs more restraint than license, lest the whole thing becomes a little too far fetched; Haile's character was the least believable...too magical, too controlled, too wild, too desirable, too calculating, too talented, too tragic; too philosophical...; the highly unlikely mid-season coaching change that brought Ian's parents to the U was clunky and forced (part of the coincidence overload); the predictable occurrences that prevented Ian from telling his parents; etc.
When I put the book in context for what it is (the author's first book), it is an impressive piece of work that is generally well written and a decent story. Admittedly, I brought some assumptions to it that have caused me to be less enthused about book than I expected (for instance, I had some kind of notion from the reviews and promotion that it was akin, from a modern perspective, to A Separate Peace by John Knowels). In the end it was pop fiction with a predominant element of "the gay stuggle" that interests me no more than, say, reading about NASCAR does. Not a judgmental thing...just very little interest.