A thousand times *love*. Tom is such a beautiful, quitinsential Marchetta character. The meanthead boy, the angry guy, the screw up and the musician and the sensitive soul. While some writers will take a small detour to make some unlikeable supporting character human, Marchetta makes me fall in love. The pain that makes him angry, the fear and loniliness that makes me cry, and the dickhead "guyness" that makes me laugh. She doesn't make Tom into a saint, she makes him human, and I love this glimpse back into the world of Francesca and friends.