Rating: 3.5 starsI picked up this debut novel because of countless positive reviews about it, saying how wonderful it is and how charming the story is. So I bought it, and I am glad I read it.
After finishing it in 3 days, I thought that this book was very well told. It is such a well-written story about family and relationships, and how complex those can be no matter your age. This is a great coming-of-age story about an alienated teenager, and those surrounding her. The author did a great job creating realistic characters. Though admittedly, I did not find any of them necessarily likable, except for the character of Toby, they are believable and authentic. I also thought that the way the author explored the subject matters and topics in the story was flawless, as compelling and thought-provoking as can be.
As I have mentioned, I did not particularly like the main character, June. I had many issues with her, but I think that's what makes her a good protagonist. She is complex and multifaceted, not one dimensional.
I do recommend this if you are looking for a genuine read, perfect for those looking for a fast-paced general fiction story.