This was a solid read, and there were some things I really loved about this story, particularly the culture clashes within Julia’s family. She was such a raw character, and it kind of hurt to like her.
I only rated this down a bit, because it tackled too many issues to handle them all thoroughly. I sometimes felt there were threads that weren’t well-addressed, and I think I would have rather those issues been left out than so underplayed.
The disputes with her mother held my attention the most, and the mystery of her sister was fun at first but ended up being a bit disappointing after I spent so much time guessing and making up more interesting back stories for the sister than what actually occurred.
I enjoyed the diversity, unique perspectives, and richness of cultures in this story. Julia is a memorable character.
There are some heavy topics tackled here, so if you’re a sensitive reader, this may not be the story for you.