I just LOVED the teenager, April Grace.
Her voice is so unique, quirky and funny and sarcastic and surprising. I laughed out loud while reading this book more than five times, which is extremely rare for me, except when I'm reading Georgette Heyer (but that's another thing altogether).
I loved to see her struggle and see her grow, I loved her disarming honesty to herself (and the reader) and I loved what she learned about family and relationships with God.
I didn't care about how her mother was portrayed, it left me feeling cold and I am sure that was not the intent of the author, and also I tought there were many things going exceptionally wrong with the church and everyone's conceptions of God and what is right in His eyes. I would not recommend this book if that's what you are interested in reading about, because it is a very minor if at all part of the whole thing.
Otherwise, it was a sweet and funny coming-of-age story, and only if the 'church' element was missing, it would make a wonderful young adult or middle grade novel.
I received this book from Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review.