Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 21, 2011
The main issue with this novel is that Anderson attempts to cover far, far too many motifs. Without giving too much away, this book reflects a halfhearted effort in exploring social and academic pressure, religion, parental issues, death, domestic abuse, teenage pregnancy, stress and overexertion, friendship, lust versus love, and much more. I believe that Anderson is a talented writer; however, her talent is spread too thin in this book. It's just impossible to cover that much in such a short novel. Because of this, the plot is scattered and chaotic. A single, major theme never emerges. It starts out focusing on academic pressure and perfectionism, but the plot soon meanders away. The novel leaves too many unanswered questions and loose ends.