Hang in there. This book is like life: you have to figure most of it out for yourself. I'm new to programming, too, and have had more than a few moments of frustration with this book, but have been able to fix most of the problems I've come across--sometimes through logical analysis and sometimes through guesses after reading the tooltip error messages. I've gone around the code that couldn't be fixed.
This book is probably no better nor worse than most on the same subject. I have about a dozen VB2005 books--make that 10, because I've thrown two of them into the trash heap. They all have one thing in common: nobody in the publishing world edits the code, nor do they try to run it using the released Visual Studio 2005 IDE software.
So have some fun and make things work your way. If you feel lost on page 136, go back to page 135 or earlier until you feel comfortable again...then go forward again...Amelia be damned!