This book instantly pulled me in and I devoured the first few chapters. The eccentric girl and the relationship with her brother combine with Winman's writing were magical and frequently had me chuckling out loud. Then, after the first few chapters, it lost me. For the rest of of the book, it waxed and waned. While Winman's writing remained lyrical throughout, it was also was in need of some editing as it was verbose. I feel that maybe she also bit off too much in the scope. It was still a very entertaining read but, not a recommend.