This would seem to be a sad story. It is about a young girl who lives with her sisters in a very abusive and neglectful home. However the book has a hopeful, almost joyous feel to it. It is really about the family, community and friends (real and imaginary) that rally around these children. It is filled with loving supporting characters and the main character Ari is such an interesting, unusual child. The writing style is a bit unique and takes some getting used to but it isn't difficult at all and it really suits the thoughts and speech of the main girl in the story. If you like to read something that is fresh and a bit unique, this book will be one you will remember.