Joe Meno is an amazing author. You can tell a lot about how good an author is by reading his or her first book and Tender As Hellfire has all the elements of a well written story that will keep you intrigued from start to finish.
Dough is the narrator. You see the events unfold through his eyes and the quirky way he has of describing things is really great, so great in fact, that you feel as if you're right there beside him experiencing the same stuff.
I also liked Pill, Dough's brother. You can tell that the two of them really care for each other in the way that they look out for one another, especially when the shit starts to hit the fan.
Lottie is Dough's friend and they have a lot more in common than either one would like to admit and even though Dough is glad when she gets out of her father's house, he also misses her and wishes he could be with her where ever she is.
All in all, I throughly enjoyed this book and I can't wait to read more from Joe Meno.