I don't know what it is about this story, but I've listened to it like 4 or 5 times in the last few years. It's so good. It may be my favorite story. It gives me the goose bumps every time I listen to the ending. The funny thing is it's not a story I would normally like. I don't appreciate profanity and this story is littered with it. I normally like Sci-Fi and Fantasy adventures and this is just a story about four 13 year old boys following the train tracks down a long road on a few hot summer days to find the body of a dead kid their age. They also face off against some much older much bigger kids.
I think the reason I love this story so much is that it captures a time in the character's life so well. I feel like I've hung out in their tree house with them. After reading it I feel like I went on that little adventure with those boys. It feels like they were my childhood friends.
Also it is a story chalked full of amazingly poetic writing. There is some horrible profane stuff in this story, but it also contains some amazing writing with the best descriptions and similes I've ever read. I'm a huge sucker for great similes and coming of age stories. Maybe that's it. Either way I can't get enough of this little story.