I read this in college and I was ambivalent. I was young and naive and ignorant and undecided about many things (this is still true - how the horizons of ignorance expand as we learn!), and Didion didn't help me because I couldn't decide whether to agree with her, and I couldn't feel what she felt or think what she thought. I couldn't make much of the picture she painted of the world.
Having recently read a few other bits and pieces of Didion's and reviews of her work, I've decided I don't want to come back to this collection. There's too much bell hooks & Audre Lorde to get through.