I have to say that I was one of those people who bought the book just because J.K. Rowling wrote it and in the begining I was really disapointed. Of course I was aware of the fact that this wasn't going to be anyhting like Harry Potter so that wasn't the problem.
The problem I had with this book initially was that it moved too slow, there was no story and it would take me 2 hours to read 30 pages. Besides, I also had a bit of a problem with the portuguese translation: when it came to the swearing and the adult language, it didn't feel real...it wasn't even about the words chosen, it was the way they were phrased, no one really speaks like that (maybe they sounded real in the original english version...)
I have to admit that I considered giving up on the book, but I decided to give it a shot and continue reading and now, I'm quite happy I did! Like I said, it starts really (and I mean REALLY) slow but once you reach the middle it starts getting a little bit more interesting, there's some story and you find out a lot about the characters and you start to understand why they sometimes act a certain way.
It's also in the second half of the book that you find a lot of redeeming characteristics for most of the characters (which you will probably hate in the first half),while for some others, that you probably had some sympathy for before, you'll just hate them.
The more I knew about the characters and their lives, the more I realised how complex and three-dimensional they were, which sometimes can be very difficult to portray in a book.
Therefore I give it 3 stars because I absolutely loathed it in the begining but it started to grow on me towards the end.