What do I love about this book?
--the diary format which opens the book with the fabulous line: "My mother is trying to kill me."
--the format that switches from epistolary (ooh, big words, huh?) to narrative text to some interesting side conversations told in different type face and style
--Claudia's love of shopping at Target
--Trudy's mother hen/bulldog affection for Claudia
--Eli and Emily, the twins who befriend Claudia
--the bitchiness of some of the girls at school, most notably Debbie
--the guidance counselor, Janet Moore
--the fact that there will be a sequel
As in the case of FIREGIRL, one of the things I admire most is that the author does not make this a simplistic story about recovery and redemption. Claudia has to fight for every moment of normalcy. Her demons do not disappear. In short, as Claudia herself observes, there is no Hollywood ending here.