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Mature and Thoughtful
Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2013
From other reviews and the description, I expected this book to be written for an audience of "Tweens" or younger teenagers. I decided to give it a try, though, and was rewarded by a well-written, complex story of relationships, family, love, and trust. The characters are well written and endearing, and Esther's mother is particularly complex. The author's method of slowly revealing Essie's past simultaneous with the present worked well and built up a lot of suspense. The period and setting were well-developed, and the ending has just the right mix of sadness and hope. There is definitely material for older readers here.
In fact, the content was such that I wouldn't necessarily recommend it for younger readers. The Triangle Shirtwaist fire is rather graphic and could be frightening, and there is a hint of content of another nature between the main character and a young gentleman living next door (a passionate kiss and Esther's thoughts while in bed).