I was really impressed with this local film after seeing it at its premiere and wanted to check out the book that it was based on, also by an area author.
Wow, it is BAD. Whereas once you take away the entire "local" bit about the film and see its flaws and shortcomings, it is still fairly decent and way better than I'd expect from a local "independent film." Upon reading the book it becomes clear that most of the problems with the movie come from story itself. The movie does a way better job than the book in cutting the fat and staying more focused on the story, as well as in keeping the bad dialogue in check. This movie definitely deserves a look, especially if you're from western PA; just do yourself a favor and avoid the book its based on.