I was completely drawn in from the get-go in the different characters’ personalities and watched as they slowly became entwined and deeper in Annie’s life and her psyche—their character roles and purposes were revealed. Enjoyed Ms. Cherry’s literary ‘voice’ and thought the characters to be really well done. This isn’t like a normal novel where they are real people, but they have such interesting personalities and purposes and their conversations with Annie are great! This level of complexity with the various interweaving subplots and cast of interconnected characters could have ended up badly but instead I read the whole thing in two nights! While presented in a more unusual fashion, the writing is genuine and authentic, as is the dialogue in a way that truly brings this memorable story to life and impacts us as readers (and students, in a way…). A fast read with a beautiful ending that is also entertaining. (5 stars)

-Anabella Johnson