Of course I read TKAM...some time in school. I probably couldn't tell you much about it, but reading (well, listening to) this brought up some vague memories as to what it was about.
I'm not sure why so many people are down on this one. Seemed like a good book and pretty true to what real-life America was like. Maybe it's not on the same literary level as the original and it shouldn't be any way - hard to reach the same-height pedestal.