Rated of 5
ummm, okayyyy this book is ruthlessly readable from the very first sentence, so it deserves brownie points for that. However, Ms. Fitch's writing quirk of layering simile upon simile within a single sentence can be cumbersome to the narrative at times, and as such I was compelled, on occasion, to skip entire paragraphs in order to keep with the stream of plot. Astrid's unfailing attitude of pessimism is pretty heavy-handed to have to put up with for 400-odd pages. However, the thing about this novel which redeems all of the abovementioned flaws is the perceptive observation that every household and family is a universe unto itself, with its own rules, beliefs, taboos, social structures and customs. Recommended.
- 16-year-old reader