The book itself was an awesome read, but the writers, who wrote the script probably did the best possible to transform it into a TV Movie. The transformation from book to TV is sometimes a pretty hard road. Take "A Walk To Remember" as an example. The book was on the bestsellers list, and made for a good read, but the movie compared to the book was way better.
I liked how they went from story to story, letting us see how everyone in the story was connected to each other.
I hope to see more of the storyline between Stevie and Jack.