I'd do nothing but reading if I could (ok, maybe eat some great food, buy some fancy shoes between two books...oh, and spend some quality time with the gorgeous guy I married while I am on reading-break anyway...)
After the torturous upbrining, in all imaginable versions of reality a young man would be a deeply disturbed/psychopathic/destroyed mess.
In this book, he is not only quite charming in his naivety and strong and valiant - he is also very very beautiful.
And in his simplicity just searching for "friends".
Unfortunately the whole set-up let's him look as if he is intellectually challenged, unable to read people and his understanding of people, their behaviour and interactions, their motivations etc. is - politely phrased - basic.