So my final update was:
"On the one hand, loved the writing and at the start loved both boys, I was so super excited. Feelings that followed were frustration at both of them, the urge to punch Tom in the throat and the very real fear that the book would never end. Can't rate or review this right now. Cash was awesome though."
And I think that still stands. I will say that I really, really, really enjoyed the first half of this book. But the second part was like a totally different book.
You know what? I really didn't like this book, so much so that I can't even bring myself to contemplate reading the rest of this series. I'm in the minority on that so I'm just gonna embrace it.
Also it was just too long. I was not kidding when I said I thought it would never end.