Of all the books I have ever been forced to read in school, this is the only one that I genuinely loved and got really into. Yes I still didn't understand every single thing about this book but I was left so completely satisfied and calm afterwards. I can definitely see why people dislike/hate/loathe this book but I wouldn't say there's nothing to take out of it. Everyone I think is able to connect with at least one of the dozen or so thoughts that Murakami left within these pages.
It's twisted, sometimes to the point of being revolting (I learned the hard way that chapter 16 shouldn't be read right before bed as it'll most likely induce nightmares). It wasn't as sexual as many of my overreacting classmates lead me to believe (they made it sound like some kind of porn novel, which it wasn't) but it was much more violent and creepy than I thought it would be. I think it was a wonderful into to Murakami's work though, since I have been wanting to read his other books, like "1Q84" and "Sputnik Sweetheart" for quite some time already, so this is like a nice warm up into his literature and writing style. It'll probably take me years to finally understand everything Murakami tried to say in this work, and I'll probably have to revisit it a few times, but with something as strangely moving as this was I don't mind at all. Let it take as long as it needs to sink in, I'm in no rush.